Broadway diva Elaine Stritch breaks the fourth wall and shares the script of her life. Brash and bawdy, Stritch brought her special brand of humor to every situation on and offscreen, a technique often applied to mask deep insecurities about her own talent. As Stritch prepares for her swan song performance at the Cafe Carlyle, Shoot Me audiences have a front-row seat to observe master thespian—and one helluva woman—at work.Read More
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN
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David Fincher, GONE GIRL
Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD
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Edward Norton, BIRDMAN
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Truth, the maxim goes, is stranger than fiction. And almost every week there's a feature documentary hitting theaters or VOD telling a story just as compelling, if not more, than anything that can be found in mainstream multiplexes and $200 million dollar tentpoles.
Unfortunately, it's relatively rare for these films to cross over to mainstream audiences: the biggest grossing-documentary of the year so far, depressingly, is Dinesh D'Souza's borderline-incompetent right-wing propaganda piece "America" (our review, and its attendant 470+ mostly batshit comments, is here). But that's not accurately reflective, as it has been a very strong year for non-fiction filmmaking so far, and to prove it, we've rounded up an easily D'Souza-free list of the best 20 documentaries of the year so far.
Some have hit theaters already, some are favorites from the festival circuit that should make their way towards your eyeballs before the end of 2014. But from histories of colonial Africa to visionary filmmaker what-ifs, from intimate portraits of world-famous rock stars to glimpses of the small-town version of the American dream, from star-driven baseball docs to a biography of the most famous film critic in the world, there should be something here for everyone. Take a look at the list below, and let us know your own favorites of 2014 so far in the comments section.
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“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
The inimitable brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch passed away last week, leaving a tall, stylish, foul-mouthed, completely one-of-a-kind hole in our hearts. Fortunately, we have Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” as a testament to Elaine’s unforgettable style and spirit. The film sensitively and intimately portrays the duality of Elaine’s personality: she is at once a fierce, ferocious broad, a seasoned performer who is never without a snappy comeback. But she’s also a sensitive Midwestern gal who still gets stage fright, and speaks with remarkable candor about her nervousness and fears, aging gracefully (it’s not for sissies), alcoholism, the tragedies in her own life and the realities of death. Despite all of the heavy subjects, the film is laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to Elaine’s quick wit and unfiltered personality, and is a fitting tribute to her nearly 70-year career. Ultimately, the truths that she speaks are universal ones in which anyone can find inspiration and solace. If you haven’t already, get to know Elaine Stritch, post-haste. [Full Review]
"Shoot Me" has re-opened this week in the following cities:
The Quad Cinema, NYC
Arena Cinema, Hollwood, CA
Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
...“Elaine, I never thought I’d say this,” Garland said, “but good night.”Read More
Screening for the second time this afternoon at 3:30 at the ROM, as well as one final time on 4 May at 7 at Scotiabank is this strong documentary that shines a light on a heartbreaking subject.Read More
Since I’m lucky enough to always have had a roof over my head, it’s difficult to fully understand what it is to be homeless. To wonder where you’ll sleep that night, where the next meal is coming from, how to access health services – it must be a constant struggle. Now add being a teenager to homelessness, and trying to graduate from high school, and your problems are compounded.Read More
"One of the best films to ever be made about the stigma of homelessness, Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s transcendent, thoroughly objective, look at three Chicago teens forced to grow up too fast is heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure without manipulation of the audience." - See more at: http://dorkshelf.com/2014/04/21/hot-docs-2014-the-homestretch-review/#sthash.8F1eEEt5.dpufRead More
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me ranks top 5 on Rotten Tomatoes top 100 movies of 2014. What are you waiting for? Go See It!!!
~ Rex Reed
"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is an irresistibly entertaining documentary that captures Stritch during what she unsentimentally calls "almost post-time."
~ Associated Press
"(Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me) is primarily a here-and-now study of an indomitable performer in her twilight years"
~ New York Times
"Every would-be director of a celebrity biography should be required to watch..."
~ New York Daily News
"ELAINE STRITCH: Oh my God, I'm telling it like it is. Isn't that terrific!"
~ Wall Street Journal
On Tuesday, December 3rd, NewFilmmakers welcomed Women Filmmakers night as well as screened a Short Film Program which included Good Sister..Read More
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For years in her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch sang Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” from Follies. It became her signature number, a defiant anthem for a woman — “a lean, glaring lion of a woman,” The New York Timesonce wrote — who’s done it all, seen it all, and has absolutely no intention of going quietly.
Now 88 years old, the Tony-winner and three-time Emmy winner has finally slowed down a tad. (She “retired” last spring from her regular one-woman show at Manhattan’s Carlyle Hotel and moved back to Michigan, where she grew up.) But Chiemi Karasawa‘s documentary, Shoot Me, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, captured the dame’s last year or so in the Big Apple. It’s extremely poignant and fun; you see Stritch from all angles, revealing that there’s not an inauthentic bone in her body.
Stritch has been promoting the film at festivals across the country, most recently in Chicago, and Sundance Selects plans to release the doc in theaters Feb. 21. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive poster for the film (above), and you can click below for the trailer:
An intimate, riotous documentary portrait of the legendary Broadway actress and singer, 87-years-old and still performing on stage and screen.
BFI Southbank, NFT2Oct 18, 2013 3:30 PM
ICA, Screen 1Oct 20, 2013 3:30 PM Sold out!
- Director Chiemi Karasawa
- Producers Chiemi Karasawa, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
- USA 2013
- 80 mins
- Sales Isotope Films
‘Don’t you think you’re awfully close to me? I don’t know whether this is a skin commercial, or what…’ There are divas, there are forces of nature, and then there’s Elaine Stritch. This wonderfully entertaining documentary follows the showbiz legend, 87 years young at the time of filming, still wowing audiences on stage and screen while peppering hapless colleagues and cameramen alike (see above quote) with her hilarious, no-frills feistiness. Despite Stritch’s epic, award-winning career – she debuted on Broadway in 1946 – Chiemi Karasawa’s exceptionally intimate portrait is no nostalgia fest. Rather, the film is, like its subject, present tense: alive with her ongoing professional challenges and personal demons. Heartfelt testimonies from Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and the late, great James Gandolfini confirm her enduring spirit but this is, appropriately, a one-woman show. To paraphrase Ms Stritch’s favourite lyricist Stephen Sondheim: she’s still here. And how.
Chiemi Karasawa is an award-winning director/producer based in New York City who founded Isotope Films in 2005 to develop and produce films based on non-fiction content. Producing credits include Ellen Kuras’ epic The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won an Emmy Award in 2009, Billy the Kid (HBO, 2008), winner of Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival, Love Etc (OWN, 2011) and Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Venice Film Festival, 2012). Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is her directorial debut.
This dialogue will focus on different aspects of the experience of Women in War in order to shed light on the civilian experience of war from different perspectives. Filmmakers Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and Anne De Mare will present their documentary Beyond These Walls, which tells the story of the Baronessa Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo, as she reflects on her wartime experience as an adolescent in Milan, followed by a dialogue on the process of documentary filmmaking with selections from their filmThe Real Rosie the Riveter, featuring interviews with American women who worked in the war industries during World War II. Historian Michela Ponzani will talk about the prevalence of sexual violence towards women in World War II and Imma Vitelli, who has been covering the Middle East and Afghanistan for the last several years, will share her experience from the field and comparative reflections that draw a link with the present.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Film screening ‘Beyond these Walls’ followed by a conversation between filmmakersElizabeth Hemmerdinger and Anne De Mare with the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo
4:00 - 5:00 Dialogue on Documentary Filmmaking: The Revelation of Story, a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Anne de Mare about the process of documentary filmmaking and the challenges of moving from a preliminary idea to a finished documentary film with selections from the documentary film ‘The Real Rosie the Riveter’
5:00 – 6:00 Round Table on Women in War: Past and Present
Imma Vitelli, International Correspondent, Vanity Fair Italy
Michela Ponzani, German Historical Institute of Rome, Fellow Remarque Institute at NYU
Moderated by: Filmmakers Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and Anne De Mare
"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," the acclaimed documentary about the Tony Award-winning stage veteran, will receive its European premiere in October as part of the 57th BFI London Film Festival.
Documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa ("Love, Etc"; Emmy-winning "The Betrayal") of Isotope Films directed the film that began capturing Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. Tony and Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin is executive producer of the film that received its world premiere last spring as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
It will have its London premiere Oct. 18 at BFI Southbank, NFT2 and Oct. 20 at ICA, Screen 1.
The documentary includes interviews with a host of theatre vets who have worked with Stritch, including At Liberty collaborator George C. Wolfe, Company andShow Boat director Hal Prince and Tony-winning actors Cherry Jones andNathan Lane. Also featured are "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, late actor James Gandolfini and John Turturro, among others.
Here's how the film is billed: "What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock," giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges."
The BFI London Film Festival will close with the European premiere of Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," which tells the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. Emma Thompson stars as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
Additional films include "Philomena," (starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan), "12 Years a Slave" (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt), "Gravity" (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" (starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake), "Labor Day" (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) and Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" (starring Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.)
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, a member of the board of Women’s Voices, has taken on many roles—as playwright, screenwriter, executive director of the Real Rosie the Riveter Project, and as a producer.
She is drawn to tell the true stories of extraordinary women. Her producing credits include ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, an independent film celebrating the life of the formidable Elaine Stritch; the documentary Beyond These Walls; producer/writer ofThe Girl With the Rivet Gun, a new-media project giving voice to those admirable World War II Rosies, and a short narrative film, GOOD SISTER. Now she’s taken on another project about extraordinary people.—Ed.
I really love a story about anybody who willfully does what’s not expected or sanctioned. Working to record the stories of Real Rosie the Riveters, helping an organization that teaches girls with severe challenges to dance, producing a film about Elaine Stritch, still performing and living large in her late eighties, has added meaning to my own life.
And now I’ve become Executive Producer of LOST AND SOUND, a documentary about people who have lost their hearing and therefore their ability to coexist with their passion—music—in ways the rest of us find familiar. The brilliant British filmmaker Lindsey Dryden, deaf in one ear since childhood and threatened with losing her hearing altogether, helps us “hear” the loss, feel the fright, and share the grace of a dancer, a young pianist, and a music critic who are doing the seemingly impossible.
As I face the end of summer and mark another year rolling past while celebrating my birthday with my wonderful family, I confess I fight feelings of melancholy. So every year I exhort myself to dig in again, dig deeper for the next draft of a new film script, hit Restart on a project that might have been languishing just a bit in the dog days while I’ve been gratefully distracted by a headstrong puppy. I really must take things to a new level and—oh, you know, all that blather.
But, really—my synapses fired when I received a favorite newsletter that I actually had time to read, and found myself directed to a new project that is trying to raise finishing funds via Indiegogo. This is one of the powerhouse crowdfunding websites that have, over the last four years or so, been the platforms for raising millions and millions of dollars for worthy work—films, art projects, community-based organizations and schools, personal needs. You make a video explaining your needs and post it, explaining your financial goal and choosing a deadline. Generous and ambitious folks donate money to the project and receive a perk—perhaps a copy of the film, a postcard of the photojournalist circumnavigating the world, a tee shirt, a you-name-it. If you’re interested in the phenomenon of crowdfunding, if you’re interested in wonderful filmmaking, if you’re interested in thumbing your nose at nay-sayers in general, click here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lost-and-sound-documentary. The times I have been moved to participate, I can feel the deadline closing in. It’s an unexpected thrill to help other seekers.
I have no doubt that Lindsey Dryden and her film partner, Kat Mansoor, will finish their film, get for it a wide distribution, and take their rightful places in the small and powerful ranks of extraordinary women filmmakers.