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NZ doco in Oscar list

134 films have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 2015 Academy Awards, among them one that’ll be familiar to many, the NZIFF-premiered Antarctica: A Year On Ice.

Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Anthony Powell’s Antarctica has played many international festivals and becomes (I think) the first NZ feature documentary to put itself forward for Academy consideration since Tom Burstyn’s This Way of Life. Powell’s film has a set a US release for 28 November to meet Academy qualifying criteria.

The Oscar line-up contains a number of titles that have screened here this year. Two keynote presenters from this year’s Doc Edge’s Screen Edge Forum are named: Robert Mays with Kids for Cash and Steve James with Life Itself.

Seven other titles which played the Doc Edge Festival are also named, along with NZIFF titles including 20,000 Days on Earth and Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Several titles are yet to complete the required Los Angeles and New York releases, so the list isn’t final at this stage. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. The 2015 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Friday 16 January NZ time. The winners will be announced Monday 23 February NZ time.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Alive Inside
All You Need Is Love
America: Imagine the World without Her
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Art and Craft
Awake: The Life of Yogananda
The Barefoot Artist
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Before You Know It
Bitter Honey
Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity
Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi
Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart
The Case against 8
Cesar’s Last Fast
Citizen Koch
Code Black
Concerning Violence
The Culture High
Dancing in Jaffa
Death Metal Angola
The Decent One
Dinosaur 13
Do You Know What My Name Is?
The Dog
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Evolution of a Criminal
Fed Up
Finding Fela
Finding Vivian Maier
Food Chains
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Getting to the Nutcracker
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
The Great Flood
The Great Invisible
The Green Prince
The Hacker Wars
The Hadza: Last of the First
Hanna Ranch
Happy Valley
The Hornet’s Nest
I Am Ali
If You Build It
The Immortalists
The Internet’s Own Boy
Ivory Tower
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Journey of a Female Comic
Keep On Keepin’ On
Kids for Cash
The Kill Team
La Bare
Last Days in Vietnam
Last Hijack
The Last Patrol
Levitated Mass
Life Itself
Little White Lie
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Merchants of Doubt
Mission Blue
Mistaken for Strangers
Monk with a Camera
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
National Gallery
Next Goal Wins
Next Year Jerusalem
Night Will Fall
No Cameras Allowed
Now: In the Wings on a World Stage
Occupy the Farm
The Only Real Game
The Overnighters
Particle Fever
Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes
Pelican Dreams
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step
Plot for Peace
Point and Shoot
Poverty Inc.
Print the Legend
Private Violence
Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity
Red Army
Remote Area Medical
Rich Hill
The Rule
The Salt of the Earth
Shadows from My Past
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
A Small Section of the World
Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
The Supreme Price
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Tanzania: A Journey Within
This Is Not a Ball
Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
True Son
20,000 Days on Earth
Under the Electric Sky
Underwater Dreams
Waiting for August
Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Warsaw Uprising
Watchers of the Sky
We Are the Giant
We Could Be King
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
A World Not Ours

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