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Academy lines up doco hopefuls

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has named 15 titles that will compete for Oscar nominations, almost half ohf which screened here earlier in the year.

Steve James

Life Itself director Steve James (r) receives the Documentary Edge International Superhero Award from Dan Shanan

Steve James’ biopic of film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, was first to appear in NZ, screening at Doc Edge with James in attendance at one of the film’s first stops after its Cannes premiere. Earlier in the week Life Itself picked up a nomination for the Producers Guild of America’s Outstanding Documentary award.

The remainder of the titles screened at a varying number of centres in the NZIFF programme, with Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune garnering much of the media attention at the time. Also playing were Art and Craft, The Internet’s Own Boy, The Overnighters, The Salt of the Earth and Virunga.

134 titles were submitted for the feature documentary gong, with five to be named nominees. The Oscar nominees will be named on Friday 16 January, with the awards to be presented Monday 23 February (all times NZ).

The list of documentary feature titles progressing is:
Art and Craft, Purple Parrot Films
The Case against 8, Day in Court
Citizen Koch, Elsewhere Films
CitizenFour, Praxis Films
Finding Vivian Maier, Ravine Pictures
The Internet’s Own Boy, Luminant Media
Jodorowsky’s Dune, City Film
Keep On Keepin’ On, Absolute Clay Productions
The Kill Team, f/8 filmworks
Last Days in Vietnam, Moxie Firecracker Films
Life Itself, Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
The Overnighters, Mile End Films West
The Salt of the Earth, Decia Films
Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Lafayette Film
Virunga, Grain Media