Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Academy Awards Fifteen 2012 Documentary Finalist

Below Is The Full List of the 15 Documentary Films Shortlisted for This Years Best Oscar Prize. As in years past, I will attempt to get my hands on as many of these before Oscar nominations are announced and share with you some thoughts on each of these films.

5 of 15 Films Below Will Be Oscar Nominees. One will be come a winner:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Never Sorry LLC (dir Alison Klayman): A Film about activist Ai Weiwei and his conflict with Chinese government

 Bully, The Bully Project LLC (dir. Lee Hirsh): Expose on American school bullying.

Chasing Ice, Exposure (dir. Jeff Orlowski): Time lapse National Geographic photographers record of changing glaciers.

Detropia, Loki Films (dir. Hedi Ewing, Rachel Grady): From the directors of Jesus Camp, the story of Detroit and it's collapse.

Ethel, Moxie Firecracker Films (dir. Rory Kennedy): A portrait of Ethel Kennedy and her life after Robert F. Kennedy died, as presented by one of their 11 children, daughter Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy.  

5 Broken Cameras, Guy DVD Films (dir. Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi): Palestinian villager gets a camera and begins filming the Israeli army in his town despite threats, raids, and arrest.

The Gatekeepers, Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil (dir. Dror Moreh): Interviews with six elderly Israeli men who had Shin Bet, Israeli's security agency.

 The House I Live In, Charlotte Street Films, LLC (dir. Eugene Jarecki): Expose of American criminal justice system as it relates to United States drug policy.

How to Survive a Plague, How to Survive a Plague LLC (dir. David Fance): A historic look at how organizations responded to the AIDS epidemic to make AIDS a managable condition.

 The Imposter, Imposter Pictures Ltd. (dir. Bart Layton): The story of a young Frenchman who convinces a Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing three years earlier.

The Invisible War, Chain Camera Pictures (dir. Kirby Dick): Expose on the rape of soldies in the US military. 

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films (dir. Alex Gibeny): A look at the topic of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, including the United States and Vatican response.

Searching for Sugar Man, Red Box Films  (dir. Malik Bendjelloul): Detroit folk singer Sixto Rodriguez did not realize his music of the early 1970s became popular in South Africa. This film tells the story of two South African's on their search to find their hero, Rodriguez.

This Is Not a Film, Wide Management (dir. Moijtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi): Jafar Panahi was put under house arrest in Iran and banned for film making for depicting a day in life on film, the film was smuggled out of Iran on a USB drive hidden in a cake.

The Waiting Room, Open’hood, Inc. (dir. Peter Nicks): A story of an American public hospital dealing with caring for a largely uninsured population.

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