November 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm #44067
Sorry – couldn’t find a recent thread for this, and this seems important enough to post quickly:
Off the top of my head, one big omission is Werner Herzog’s death penalty film, which I thought would be one of the favorites to win.
Here they are:
“Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.)
“Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films)
“Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions)
“Hell and Back Again” (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
“Jane’s Journey” (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
“The Loving Story” (Augusta Films)
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” (@radical.media)
“Pina” (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
“Project Nim” (Red Box Films)
“Semper Fi: Always Faithful” (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
“Sing Your Song” (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
“Undefeated” (Spitfire Pictures)
“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat” (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
“We Were Here” (Weissman Projects, LLC)November 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm #44069
Also, no Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.
I’m likely missing some major ones, hopefully others will catch them.
I’ve seen four – Bill Cunningham New Ork, Buck, If a Tree Falls, Sing Your Song. The last, about the very talented Harry Belafonte, was mainly a fluff piece on him and his qualification for the Jean Hersholt award – I have no idea why it would be included.
One can never tell with this category, but I would expect Paradise Lost 3 to be a major contender.November 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm #44070
Thanks for posting these. I had hoped that Apocalypse 2012 had been made into a film, instead of split up the way it is.November 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm #44071
Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams also is not on the list (unless it somehow qualified in 2010); its offical LA opening was this year.November 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm #44072
I saw that film. I had some wildly mixed feelings towards it, but I think it’s better than his “Encounters at the End of the World”.
He has a tendency to be a pompous ass, but his films are entirely memorable.November 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm #44073
He has a history with the doc branch (negative), and it’s possible this has entered into the equation.
Into the Abyss though sounded like the prototypical doc feature nominee.November 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm #44074
In Liberal Hollywood? I would certainly hope not.
jmho.November 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm #44075
It’s personality, not ideologically, driven. He has over the years had a lot of negative things to say about the category.
Encounters was a nominee. He was invited as a member of the Academy shortly after, although in the directors’ branch (which does make total sense).November 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm #44076
Some others – Senna, The Interrupters, Page One: The Inside Story of the NYTimes, Tabloid (although any time Errol Morris is snubbed is fine with me).
Senna won the World Doc audience prize at Sundance; The Interrupters (from Steve James, whose Hoop Dreams exclusion caused this category to be overhauled) is a Gotham Award doc nominee.November 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm #44077
Nostalgia for the Light is another widely acclaimed/awarded non-shortlisted doc.November 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm #44078
I got a hilarious quote from a branch member in my piece on the category.November 23, 2011 at 6:58 am #44079
Tabloid, I thought, was totally overrated.
It is, at best, a slight curiosity.
It is not The Thin Blue Line, and it doesnt deserve a nomination to me.December 28, 2011 at 9:25 am #44080
Frontrunners here?December 28, 2011 at 9:29 am #44081
None that I know of. Something I might say looks like a favorite could end up not even being nominated. And then perhaps as few as 100 members will actually end up seeing the five finalists in order to be able to vote.
Based on “issues”, We Were Here or Paradise Lost 3 might have an edge, but I don’t feel like going that far.
I’ve seen about half of them – none “feels” like a winner, although there are some good films among them.
Pina, which I like a lot and is doing very well in its NYC openings, doesn’t seem like the kind of film they advance.