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Emmy Contenders: Rashida Jones Talks ‘Quincy,’ Her Award-Winning Doc On Dad Quincy Jones

Emmy Contenders: Rashida Jones Talks ‘Quincy,’ Her Award-Winning Doc On Dad Quincy Jones
When Rashida Jones paid tribute to her father Quincy Jones recently at a Netflix Fysee event in Hollywood, she assured him there would never be another person like him.

“I hope not,” the elder Jones cracked.

“No, there won’t be,” Rashida replied. “Don’t worry.”

The occasion for the tribute was a screening of the Netflix documentary Quincy, which Rashida directed with Alan Hicks. Over a span of 124 minutes it illustrates why there will never be, and could never be, another Quincy Jones. His accomplishments are too rare, too varied and unprecedented to be repeated.

“The feedback’s been great,” Rashida says of the film, which earlier this year won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. “The whole purpose to make the film was really to give people the feeling of hanging out with my dad, like the kind of intimate hang that I personally want you to have.
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'Quincy' Co-Director Recalls Challenges of Documenting Legacy of Quincy Jones

'Quincy' Co-Director Recalls Challenges of Documenting Legacy of Quincy Jones
Co-directors Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks both made an appearance at Raleigh Studios Hollywood on Friday night for a Netflix Fysee screening of Quincy, the documentary about the life and career of Quincy Jones, one of the most prolific and accomplished music producers and composers in history.

A few of his accomplishments include holding the record for most Grammy nominations, with 80, and the second most Grammy wins, with 28, as well being first man to have his music played on another planet when the Apollo 11 astronauts played his arrangement of Frank Sinatra’s "Fly Me to the Moon"...
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Grammy Awards: From ‘Quincy’ to ‘A Star Is Born’, Movies Dominate Early Winners

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The first wave of Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday in Los Angeles before the live broadcast on CBS, and music from feature films picked up a batch of awards during the pre-show hosted by Shaggy on Grammy.com.

Quincy, the Netflix documentary about legendary composer-producer Quincy Jones that was directed by his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks, won the Best Music Film award. The honor will be shared by Quincy Jones, Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones, who are listed as video directors; and Paula Dupre Pesmen as video producer.

Lady Gaga’s Shallow from A Star Is Born won the award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The actress and singer shared the honor with co-writers, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando.

Black Panther composer, Ludwig Goransson, won the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media award for the Marvel superhero saga.

The Best Instrumental Composition award
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African American Film Critics Association Celebrates Ryan Coogler, Jason Blum, More

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African American Film Critics Association Celebrates Ryan Coogler, Jason Blum, More
On Wednesday night, the Aafca Awards, presented by the African American Film Critics Association, celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, where trophies were handed out to winners and special honorees.

Opening the festivities was Ava DuVernay presenting the Aafca Best Director award to Ryan Coogler.

“It really, truly is an honor,” said Coogler, tipping his hat to fellow winner Barry Jenkins, whose “If Beale Street Could Talk” picked up the Best Independent Film trophy. “A big thanks to Barry and all the filmmakers who are out there challenging audiences and challenging filmmakers.”

Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the event’s highlight was music icon Quincy Jones receiving the inaugural Aafca Stanley Kramer Award, which was presented to him by Karen Kramer, wife of the late director-producer.

“We’ve come a hell of a long way from the time when I was the young film composer in town,
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Like father, like daughter: Rashida Jones may follow in her dad Quincy’s Grammy-winning footsteps

Like father, like daughter: Rashida Jones may follow in her dad Quincy’s Grammy-winning footsteps
Musician and producer extraordinaire Quincy Jones has won 27 Grammys over the course of his career, which ties him with country singer Alison Krauss as the second most awarded person in the awards’ history. This year he could add to that total, and he would be joined by his daughter Rashida Jones. They’re nominated together for Best Music Film for “Quincy,” the Netflix documentary about his life.

Quincy Jones has won Grammys for some of the most famous recordings in music history, including Album of the Year for Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” (1984) and his own “Back on the Block” (1991), plus Record of the Year for Jackson’s “Beat It” and the USA for Africa collaboration “We Are the World.” But this is his first nomination in 17 years. He was last nominated in 2002, when he picked up a bid for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “Soul Bossa Nova” and won Best Spoken
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Oscar Shortlists: Academy Snubs Michael Moore, 'Quincy,' 'Aquaman'

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences narrowed down the Oscar contenders in nine categories on Monday, a number of hopefuls were left by the wayside. Among them was Michael Moore, whose latest film of political criticism, Fahrenheit 11/9, failed to make the documentary feature shortlist.

Also among the missing were Quincy, the Netflix documentary about Quincy Jones, directed by his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks; and Eugene Jarecki’s The King, a study of Elvis Presley and his place in America.

In the best original song category, names that failed to register included Annie Lennox, whose “Requiem for a ...
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Rashida Jones, Lili Zanuck Talk Grammy Nominations and the Music-Documentary Gold Rush

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Rashida Jones, Lili Zanuck Talk Grammy Nominations and the Music-Documentary Gold Rush
Nothing takes you back to time and a place like the music of a particular era. That’s one big reason why music documentaries are flourishing at a time of enormous demand for high-end docu productions.

This year’s five Grammy Award nominees for best music film reflect the appetite for stories about renowned and beloved musical figures, from Whitney Houston to Itzhak Perlman to Elvis Presley to Quincy Jones. Music docus have a natural commercial appeal and a built-in core target audience, which provides a foundation for marketing efforts to spur word-of-mouth about a title.

“What’s beautiful about doing a music documentary is that it immediately transcends the borders of the docu-loving audience and the community of an artist’s fans,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Showtime’s head of documentary programming. “They’re emotional. There’s a nostalgia factor to them. At their best they give you new perspective
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‘Quincy’: Directors Rashida Jones & Al Hicks Discuss Scouring Through Hours Of Footage & The Bittersweet Ending [Interview]

Quincy Jones has been one of the hardest working people in show business over the past seven decades. Jones is an accomplished musician, film and music production mogul, film and music composer, humanitarian, and loving family man, among other things. The music icon seemingly never stops working. His rags to riches story, facing tremendous adversity growing up and throughout his career, make his career all the more meaningful and impressive.

Read More: Quincy Jones On Embracing Change And Still Giving 150 Percent [Interview]

Jones’ daughter, actor, writer, producer, and director Rashida Jones, and musician and filmmaker Alan Hicks (“Keep on Keepin’ On“) recently teamed up to write and direct the quintessential documentary about the life of the entertainment mogul.

Continue reading ‘Quincy’: Directors Rashida Jones & Al Hicks Discuss Scouring Through Hours Of Footage & The Bittersweet Ending [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Oprah, Will Smith, John Legend Tapped for Quincy Jones TV Special

Oprah, Will Smith, John Legend Tapped for Quincy Jones TV Special
Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Dave Chapelle, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and more will appear on Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones, which is set to air December 9th at 8 p.m. Et on Bet.

Longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich produced the two-hour special, which was taped in September at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Per a statement, the show will examine Jones’ career as a go-to hitmaker, as well as his “contributions to film and television, work as a humanitarian, his contributions to jazz and success as a producer,
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Rashida Jones Reveals What It Was Like to Make ‘Quincy,’ the Netflix Documentary About Her Dad

Rashida Jones Reveals What It Was Like to Make ‘Quincy,’ the Netflix Documentary About Her Dad
Rashida Jones and her “Quincy” co-director Alan Hicks had unprecedented access to their documentary subject (and Rashida’s dad), Quincy Jones, but she said that he’s refreshingly unguarded no matter who you are.

“I think that’s he beauty of him. Whether you’re family or a fan…he gives you access,” Rashida told the audience at a Q&A following a screening of their Netflix film at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series in Los Angeles.

Hicks and Jones shot 800 hours of footage over a period of nearly four years, but just as valuable as that intimate footage is the discovery of never-before-seen interviews and film from the artist’s own collection.

“We were working in Quincy’s archive in his basement and it took us nearly a year to get through the whole archive,” said Hicks, who met the elder Jones when he produced Hicks
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards: Michael Moore Finishes His 2003 Oscar Speech

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Days after the White House press secretary shared doctored footage to justify restricting a journalist’s access, the annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards took on a more charged tenor than usual.

“Remember truth? That little thing that’s the foundation of civilization?” Robert De Niro asked wistfully, drawing laughs from the audience who’d gathered at the Bric in Brooklyn on Saturday for the gala.

“We live in a time of fiction and lies, so that makes this all the more important. People who make documentary films — it’s a critical job that needs to be done,” Michael Moore, whom De Niro presented with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award, told Variety ahead of the event. “I think we all have to be focused on removing what’s going on in Washington DC and fixing the country right now. I know that’s my personal commitment as a citizen and a filmmaker.
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” has been named the best documentary of 2018 at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday evening at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The film about “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” star Fred Rogers won in a category whose other nominees were “Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” “Minding the Gap,” “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Wild Wild Country.”

Michael Moore received a lifetime achievement award from Robert De Niro, who called him “an American hero.” Moore new film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” was not nominated in the Best Documentary category, instead receiving a mention only in Best Political Documentary, where it lost to “Rbg.”

Also Read: 'Minding the Gap' Leads All Films in Nominations for Cinema Eye Honors

“Quincy” won the award for best music documentary, while “Free Solo” won for best sports documentary and most innovative documentary.
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Women Directors Reap Rewards in Documentary World

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Women Directors Reap Rewards in Documentary World
Women directors and producers are consistent winners and well-represented as nominees when it comes to documentaries in awards season. Barbara Kopple is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary director; Freida Lee Mock is an Oscar winner and was the Academy’s first documentary branch governor; Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) and Zana Briski (“Born Into Brothels”) are the two women who’ve taken home the gold statuette as directors most recently. It’s a field in which women have made their mark in cinematography and editing, too, and are not outliers.

“Women have always been fiercely part of the documentary filmmaking movement,” says Diane Weyermann, Participant Media’s president of documentary film and TV. The barriers to entry are not as high when compared to scripted/narrative features, especially when it comes to financing. Production costs are less and crews are traditionally a fraction of the size. There’s also the longstanding tradition of
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Why Uplifting Documentaries Took Over the Box Office in 2018

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Why Uplifting Documentaries Took Over the Box Office in 2018
Documentaries have a reputation for being, as Jerry Seinfeld put it at the 2007 Oscars, “incredibly depressing.” But not this year.

While 2018 has seen its share of high-profile political docus, including Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” and Errol Morris’ “American Dharma,” audiences seem to be in serious need of inspirational non-fiction films that don’t deal directly with politics. The evidence is the abnormally lofty documentary box office numbers over the summer.

At the height of popcorn season, when franchises were taking over multiplexes, Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Fred Rogers — the minister and famed children’s TV host — drew in more than $22 million domestically in 14 weeks. That’s the highest amount a documentary has made theatrically since 2013.

“What Mr. Rogers did with his show was to help kids navigate the fear they felt and didn’t understand,” says Neville. “And that’s exactly what he does for adults too.
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Scad Savannah Film Festival Honors ‘Tomorrow’ As Best Narrative Feature

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (Scad) has announced the award winners for its 21st celebration of the Scad Savannah Film Festival.

The honors were revealed during an awards brunch held at local restaurant The Olde Pink House. A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, this year’s Scad Savannah Film Festival screened a total of 164 films, including 33 narrative films, 16 documentary films and 115 shorts, more than any year before.

Twenty-seven awards were announced from the 105 films that competed in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts, and student shorts selections.

Professional Competition

Best Narrative Feature – Tomorrow Best Documentary Feature – The Human Element Best Narrative Short – Geoff Best Directing – Will Kenning & Michael Rouse – Geoff Best Editing – Hold The Night Jury Award for Acting – Skyler Samuels – Spare Room Jury Award for Screenwriting – One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure Jury Award, Unheard Voices – Facing The Dragon
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Cinema Eye Honors 2018 Unveils Non-Fiction Unforgettables and Shorts List, Including ‘Free Solo’ and ‘Rbg’

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At their inaugural Fall Lunch in held in Los Angeles on Thursday, Cinema Eye Honors unveiled their first round of awards, including their annual list of significant nonfiction film subjects and a list of the year’s ten top Nonfiction Short Films. They also released nominees in four categories: Broadcast Film; a new award for Broadcast Series; the Heterodox Award, which recognizes fiction films that blur the line between fiction and documentary; and the annual Audience Choice Prize, voted on by documentary lovers around the world.

Netflix, Focus Features, and Hulu hosted the event at Casita Hollywood with many of the year’s top filmmakers on hand, including Kirby Dick, Morgan Neville, Matt Tyrnauer, Jimmy Chin, Rj Cutler, Lauren Greenfield, Alan Hicks, Laura Nix, and Brett Morgen. The full list of nonfiction film and craft nominees, including the five nominees for Outstanding Nonfiction Short Film, will be revealed on Thursday,
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘Free Solo’ leads with 6, ‘Minding the Gap’ picks up 5

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘Free Solo’ leads with 6, ‘Minding the Gap’ picks up 5
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s “Free Solo” leads the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with six bids, including Best Documentary and Best Director. Also nabbing nominations in those two top categories is Bing Liu‘s “Minding the Gap,” which is also in the running for Best First Time Director, as well as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Dark Money,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” and “Three Identical Strangers.” In all 10 films were nominated for the top prize at these awards bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca). The other four are “Crime + Punishment,” “Hal,” “Rbg,” and “Wild Wild Country.”

Last year the Bfca nominated 16 films for this award, three of which –“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Faces Places,” and “Strong Island” — went on to contend at the Oscars. And in 2016 the Bfca shared its Best Documentary winner (“O.J.: Made in America”) with the Academy
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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Ida and Doc NYC short lists provide a glimpse into early Documentary Feature Oscar frontrunners

Two of the season’s most reliable groups when it comes to forecasting the eventual Academy Awards nominees for Documentary Feature have now announced the shortlists for their own programs. The International Documentary Association (Ida) and Doc NYC, one of the largest documentary film festivals in the country, both boast great track records with either nominating, awarding and/or screening major contenders for the Oscars in recent years.

Doc NYC, who announced a short list of 15 titles for their 2018 festival which runs from November 8th to 15th, has overlapped their own short list with the academy’s short list with 9 to 10 titles in each of the last five years. In addition, they’ve included 4 to 5 titles that went on to be Oscar-nominated and in the last seven years they’ve screened the documentary that won the Academy Award.

Ida is comparably prescient, having matched their award nominees with the eventual
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‘Quincy’ Co-Director Alan Hicks on Telling Quincy Jones’ Epic Story [Interview]

‘Quincy’ Co-Director Alan Hicks on Telling Quincy Jones’ Epic Story [Interview]
Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones‘ Quincy get so close and intimate with the great and powerful Quincy Jones you feel like you’re watching a hangout movie. From his youth playing music with Ray Charles, his unforgettable and award-winning film scores, his collaborations with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and far more, the Netflix documentary goes deep into Jones’ work and […]

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