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Doc NYC: ‘A Little Wisdom’, ‘Barbara Rubin & The Exploding NY Underground’ Among Winners

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Doc NYC unveiled the winners for their ninth annual festival. A Little Wisdom, Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground and Short In the Absence won gran jury prizes while Out of Omaha nabbed the Audience Award. This year’s Doc NYC kicked off November 8 and concludes on the 15. The winners were announced tonight during a ceremony at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan.

This year’s event included 137 feature-length films with a late addition of the world premiere of the Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace. It also featured 93 short documentaries. Three juries selected films from each of the festival’s Viewfinders, Metropolis and Shorts sections to recognize for their outstanding achievements in form and content. The audience casted their votes for the Doc NYC Audience Award from the Viewfinders and Metropolis sections, and a panel of industry professionals voted to select the winner of this year’s Doc NYC Pro Pitch Perfect Award,
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Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25
After naming Alfonso Cuarón the best-reviewed filmmaker of the 21st century and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer the worst, Metacritic’s next list explores the 25 best movies directed by women. Unsurprisingly, Kathryn Bigelow takes both the #1 and #2 spots with “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” respectively.

Read MoreAlfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director with the latter, a painfully tense drama about the Iraq War. (Her latest, “Detroit,” just misses the list by a few points.) Ava DuVernay also shows up twice (with “Selma” and “13th”), as does Sarah Polley (“Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell”), while the likes of Sofia Coppola, Mia Hansen-Løve, and Maren Ade are represented as well. Here’s the data-driven review aggregator’s full list:

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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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7 Great Movies About the Power of Political Animals

7 Great Movies About the Power of Political Animals
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Our Brand is Crisis," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.]  Read More: Sandra Bullock to Donald Trump: 'Put A Plug In It' "Our Brand is Crisis" (David Gordon Green, 2015)Unjustly overlooked at the box office, David Gordon Green's mainstream-leaning political comedy may not reach the levels of dark satire it sets out to achieve, but it is nonetheless an entertaining ride into the behind-the-scenes chaos of political campaigns. Billed as being "suggested by" the 2005 Rachel Boynton documentary of the same name, "Our Brand is Crisis" takes that movie's portrait of the marketing tactics behind the Bolivian election of Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and runs with it. As...
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Our Brand Is Crisis review – dirty political dealings in South America

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton go head to head as strategists in a patchy satire about the 2002 Bolivian elections

David Gordon Green’s uneven Wag the Dog-style satirical political romp takes both its title and theme from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary about the role played by the gun-for-hire American consultants in the 2002 Bolivian elections. Sandra Bullock (who shares producer credits with, among others, George Clooney and Grant Heslov) is the reclusive political strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who turned her back on her profession after one dirty trick too many.

Reluctantly enlisted to help elect the unlikable bully Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida), Jane gets the bit between her teeth when she discovers that her arch-rival, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), is running the opposition’s campaign. Screenwriter Peter Straughan’s script originally featured a male protagonist, but Bullock makes the role her own, from vomiting into a wastepaper basket
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Our Brand Is Crisis review – laboured political satire

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton fail to convince as rival Us spin-doctors on the presidential campaign trail in Bolivia

This is a disappointing fictional version of Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, about Us political consultant James Carville, the Democrat spin-doctor who famously married his Republican opponent Mary Matalin after the 1992 Us presidential campaigns. It’s a laboured and unoriginal satire, directed by David Gordon Green, which finds a cynical theme-variation in this unlikeliest of Romeo and Juliet unions, and makes a meal of Carville’s real-life adventure in 2002, when he masterminded a Bolivian presidential campaign.

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‘Our Brand is Crisis’ is toothless satire

Our Brand is Crisis

Written by Peter Straughan

Directed by David Gordon Green

U.S., 2015

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington featured a young, authentic Jimmy Stewart who does battle with the corrupt political machine. Many decades later, that hardened view of politicians (and the machine that gets them elected) has not changed. David Gordon Green’s loosely fictionalized take on a 2005 documentary by Rachel Boynton doesn’t attempt to change any minds about the political process. Green begins the film with an off-screen journalist interviewing Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock), who prompts Jane to explain where her inspiration for her work comes from. Jane responds “When I started in this business, my heroes were politicians and leaders. Then I met them.”

Comfortably settled in a mountainside cabin, “Calamity” Jane has exiled herself after a few defeats on the campaign trail, but (Ann Dowd) aims to recruit her anyway. Jane relents when
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Review: Our Brand Is Crisis, Politics In A Familiar Nutshell

What an odd little beast! Neither fish nor fowl, the highly-fictionalized Our Brand Is Crisis acknowledges that it was "suggested" by Rachel Boynton's same-titled 2005 documentary. That film, which I have not seen, revolved around two male political strategists -- James Carville was the better-known -- hired to run a presidential campaign in Bolivia. This version, however, has been fashioned as a rickety star vehicle for Sandra Bullock as a notorious political operative known as 'Calamity Jane.' She is lured out of early retirement to redeem herself in Bolivia after crashing and burning; she lost too many elections in a row and fell victim to the twin addictions of alcohol and drugs. Hired by campaign manager Ben (Anthony Mackie) at the recommendation of assistant manager...

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[Review] Our Brand Is Crisis

It’s probably because I know little about politics and care even less that I find most film’s dealing with the subject matter enjoyable. George Clooney‘s The Ides of March is one—the actor taking on the director’s chair, a co-screenwriting credit, and co-lead in front of the lens. Highly political himself with the media, it’s no surprise he’d gravitate towards a play based on an actual campaign (“Farragut North”) or a documentary doing much the same. The latter is Rachel Boynton‘s film centered on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election overseen by Us firm Greenberg Carville Shrum’s marketing team of which the narrative Our Brand Is Crisis took both name and plot. Clooney was set to star here, too, before Sandra Bullock took a shine to the script.

Peter Straughan‘s fictionalization—the credits say “suggested by”—takes the behind the scenes happenings of
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Review: David Gordon Green's Threadbare 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Starring Sandra Bullock

David Gordon Green still remains an enigma of a filmmaker. Every time he's got a new film, there are those (like myself) who close their eyes as soon as the lights dim, and make a little wish: "Oh ye mighty gods of cinema, let this be the Green who made the powerfully subtle and profoundly felt 'George Washington.'" More often than not, the gods are cruel, and grant us the same Green who directed "The Sitter" and "Your Highness." When he seems to set sail again, like with the wonderful "Joe," the wind gets taken out by something mangy like "Manglehorn." Now, we're back in that familiar spot, asking where "Our Brand Is Crisis" fits in. It's based on the eponymous documentary by Rachel Boynton, stars a couple of firecrackers in Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton as rival campaign strategists, and aims for the belly of the political beast.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ With Sandra Bullock

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated dramedy “Our Brand is Crisis” starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton!

Our Brand is Crisis,” which opens on Oct. 30, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Scoot McNairy, Ann Dowd and Louis Arcella from director David Gordon Green, the Oscar-winning producers of “Argo” and writer Peter Straughan based on the documentary by Rachel Boynton. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Our Brand is Crisis” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning!
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Watch: Get Political With 5 Clips From 'Our Brand Is Crisis' With Sandra Bullock Plus New Images And More

Prior to Tiff, "Our Brand Is Crisis" seemed like an obvious, slam dunk, awards season contender. David Gordon Green was at the helm of a George Clooney-produced movie, based on a true story no less, with Sandra Bullock in the lead role, with a great ensemble around her. Then the reviews came in (here's ours). Not particularly well received in Toronto, Warner Bros. seems to have already realized the picture is a non-starter and have been rather muted in their push, but with the release date a couple of weeks away, the promo machine is modestly kicking up. Five clips, a handful of TV spots, and lots of new images have landed online. Based on Rachel Boynton's documentary of the same name, the film follows an American political guru who is called in to help on the presidential campaign in the race for leadership of a South American nation.
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Sandra Bullock Eyes Political Glory In Slew Of Stills For Our Brand Is Crisis

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Warner Bros. has today unveiled a slew of new images for the Sandra Bullock-led political drama, Our Brand is Crisis.

Hailing from Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green, the studio’s starry picture places a laser focus on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Bullock is on board to play Jane Bodine, a political strategist ushered in to whip a struggling candidate’s campaign into shape. Such a move will mean that Bodine will have to pull herself away from her self-imposed exile, with Bullock’s character earning the nickname “calamity” for a deeply personal reason that is still to be revealed.

Inspired by Rachel Boynton’s well-regarded documentary from 2005, Our Brand is Crisis may lack the marketing push to consider itself a bona fide Oscar contender, but there are elements here to suggest Green’s feature could make a late charge. Joining Bullock for the flick
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20 Films to See in October

October is stacked with some of the year’s best films, both in wide release and limited, many slowly expanding through November, and we have a record-setting 20 recommendations for the month. The conclusion of Tiff and Venice also brought a batch of worthwhile premieres, some of which one will be able to see this month.

To note, after limited September debuts, the recommended Sicario and The Walk will both be opening wide on October 2nd and 9th, respectively. There’s also a few notable releases we weren’t fans of, including Love (10/30) and Truth (10/16). Then there’s some on our radar that would make for worthwhile matinees: Sherpa (10/2), (T)error (10/7), The Final Girls (10/9), Meadowland (10/16) and Rock the Kasbah (10/23). We should also make a note that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new short film Junun will start streaming at midnight on October 9th at Mubi.

Check out the full list of 20 below
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Tribeca unveils StoryLab participants

Tribeca unveils StoryLab participants
Filmmakers John Battsek, Molly Thompson, Kurt Engfehr, Rachel Boynton, Sloane Klevin and Amir Bar Lev are among the filmmakers who be leading this year’s Tribeca Film Institute third annual StoryLab in Brooklyn, New York.

The participants for this year’s Tfi/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab, which kicked off on Tuesday, are: Vaishali Sinha for Ask The Sexpert; Babak Khoshnoud and David Fine for Free From What; David Romberg for Man Of The Monkey; David Schisgall for Theo, Who Lived; and Keith Maitland for Tower.

In partnership with A&E IndieFilms, the three-day workshop provides one-on-one mentorship, masterclasses, industry discussion and networking opportunities for documentary filmmaking teams.

Participants will also get involved with an intense case study breaking down the story format of Amir Bar Lev’s The Tillman Story.
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'Ask the Sexpert', 'Man of the Monkey' Among This Year's Tfi/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab Participants

'Ask the Sexpert', 'Man of the Monkey' Among This Year's Tfi/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab Participants
Read More: The Top 8 Pitches at the Hot Docs Forum: What Worked and What Didn't The Tribeca Film Institute, in partnership with A&E IndieFilms, has just announced the projects selected for the third annual StoryLab for documentary filmmakers, which helps five filmmaking teams in various stages of production through one on one mentorship as well as master classes, industry discussions and networking opportunities. This year the workshops will be led by notable filmmakers including A&E IndieFilms Svp Molly Thompson ("The Tillman Story," "The September Issue"), film director/producer Rachel Boynton ("Big Men," "Our Brand is Crisis"), film editor/producer Kurt Engfehr ("Bowling for Columbine," "Fahrenheit 9/11"), film editor Sloane Klevin ("Taxi to The Dark Side") as well as film producer John Battsek ("Searching for Sugarman," "The Imposter") and film director Amir Bar Lev...
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Tiff 2015: Sandra Bullock & Billy Bob Thornton in 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Caught in an ambiguous middle ground between a political drama and comedy, the new film Our Brand Is Crisis manages to balance itself adequately for most of its running time. Most of the film's charm and power however is due to actress Sandra Bullock, who is clearly gunning for her second Oscar. Bullock commands the lead role originally intended for male counterpart (and the film's producer) George Clooney as a tough-talking political strategist who has seen better days and is now staging an overdue comeback. Inspired by Rachel Boynton's documentary of the same name, Our Brand Is Crisis has all the story beats and rhythms of many underdog movies but the cast and direction are what set it apart from the clutter. The fictional lead character of Jane Bodine plays to Bullock's strengths - loud, unapologetic and able to pull a last minute save when she has to. The
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Our Brand Is Crisis Review [Tiff 2015]

“When politics is treated as a game, everybody loses.”

I think Warren Beatty said that. Or someone else. Or I just made it up. Either way, it seems like the type of false quote that would be appreciated by Jane Bodine, the central character of Our Brand is Crisis, played by Sandra Bullock. The film is a fictionalized story based on or inspired by the 2005 documentary of the same name, directed by Rachel Boynton.

The doc depicted the American political strategies employed in the 2002 Bolivian national election. In this new story, Bodine is the key political consultant hired by the campaign of former president Pedro Castillo to help him overcome his 28-point deficit in the presidential race — the scenario is the same, but fictional versions of the participants are inserted.

Every political movie tends to be treated as though it’s trying to make some sort of statement about the modern political process,
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Tiff Review: David Gordon Green's 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Starring Sandra Bullock & Billy Bob Thornton

David Gordon Green still remains an enigma of a filmmaker. Every time he's got a new film, there are those (like myself) who close their eyes as soon as the lights dim, and make a little wish: "Oh ye mighty gods of cinema, let this be the Green who made the powerfully subtle and profoundly felt 'George Washington.'" More often than not, the gods are cruel, and grant us the same Green who directed "The Sitter" and "Your Highness." When he seems to set sail again, like with the wonderful "Joe," the wind gets taken out by something mangy like "Manglehorn." Now, we're back in that familiar spot, asking where "Our Brand Is Crisis" fits in. It's based on the eponymous documentary by Rachel Boynton, stars a couple of firecrackers in Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton as rival campaign strategists, and aims for the belly of the political beast.
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Toronto Review: Sandra Bullock Carries 'Our Brand is Crisis,' Another Surprise From David Gordon Green

Toronto Review: Sandra Bullock Carries 'Our Brand is Crisis,' Another Surprise From David Gordon Green
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Telluride Bible George Clooney was originally slated to play the scheming political strategist hired to salvage a Bolivian presidential candidate in "Our Brand is Crisis," but her role isn't the only transition on the screen. For over a decade, director David Gordon Green has shifted between melancholic character studies ("George Washington," "Joe") outrageous comedies ("Pineapple Express," "The Sitter"), and unclassifiable hybrids ("Prince Avalanche," last year's "Manglehorn"). With "Our Brand is Crisis," however, Green assembles the lively vision of ruthless political machinations with a sturdy hand and irony to spare, but mostly takes cues from his vibrant lead and the material itself. Billed as being "suggested by" the 2005 Rachel Boynton documentary of the same name, "Our Brand is Crisis" takes that movie's portrait of the marketing tactics behind...
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