Getting More Immersed with Indiewire

  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart

The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film

For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.


Fury Road and The Big Short Split ACE Awards

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Editors Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Hank Corwin (The Big Short) were the big ACE winners Friday night at the Beverly Hilton thanks to the split between drama and comedy. Meanwhile, Inside Out (edited by Kevin Nolting) and Amy  (edited by Chris King) took animation and doc, respectively. Read more

The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road Dominate Oscar Noms

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The Oscar race is on with The Revenant grabbing 12 noms, Mad Max: Fury Road snagging 10 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking five. Pixar front-runner Inside Out led an animation field (while also earning an original script nod for Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) that now embraces more indies. Read more

Dolby Sound Podcasts Docs with Coll Anderson

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In the third “Conversations with Sound Artists” Podcast series from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Coll Anderson discusses “telling human stories” in docs (listen below). Read more

Aviva Kempner Talks Rosenwald Doc

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Rosenwald, the fascinating doc about Jewish millionaire/philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, opens this weekend in LA. He was owner of Sears, who during the Jim Crow era funded more than 5,300 black schools in the deep south and was responsible for educating intellectuals and artists that would later become crucial political and cultural leaders. Inspired by the late Julian Bond (whose father and uncle were both Rosenwald fellows), Aviva Kempner (Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) sheds light on this silent partner of the pre-civil rights movement, who was influenced by Booker T. Washington (above with Rosenwald) and Rabbi Emil Hirsch.

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Check Out Rival Newman, McQueen Racing Docs

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Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were not only acting rivals but also avid speed racers. And there are two new revealing docs about their passion for racing: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, which opens this weekend theatrically and VOD, and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, which premiered last week at Cannes. Newman’s is upbeat while McQueen’s is downbeat. Both deserve our attention. Read more