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Savannah Film Fest: ‘Docs to Watch’ Panel, New Doc Award and Special Doc Screenings Announced (Exclusive)

Savannah Film Fest: ‘Docs to Watch’ Panel, New Doc Award and Special Doc Screenings Announced (Exclusive)
Savannah Film Fest: ‘Docs to Watch’ Panel, New Doc Award and Special Doc Screenings Announced (Exclusive)

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival, held at the Savannah College of Art and Design each year shortly before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes to determine its Oscar shortlists, and which has become a premier showcase for documentary programming, in particular, has revealed the names of the 10 feature-length documentaries it will highlight at this year’s edition of its celebrated Docs to Watch panel.

The first-of-its-kind Docs to Watch gathering, featuring discussions on the challenges and rewards of documentary filmmaking, will take place at the Lucas Theater on the evening of Wednesday, October 26, midway through the 25th edition of the festival. , which will take place from October 22 to 29. For the ninth consecutive year, it will be presented by the hollywood reporter and moderated by your server.

The films represented on the panel will be:

  • everything that breathes (HBO), represented by director Shaunak Sen
  • bad ax (IFC), represented by the director david sieva
  • Descendant (Netflix), represented by the director brown daisy
  • fire of love (Nat Geo), represented by the director Sarah Dosa
  • good night oppy (Amazon), represented by the director ryan white
  • last flight home (MTV), represented by the director Ondi Helmsman
  • Moon Age Reverie (Neon), represented by the director Brett MorganOscar-nominated in 1999 on the ropes
  • Navalni (HBO Max), represented by director daniel roher
  • Retrograde (Nat Geo), represented by the director matthew heinemanOscar-nominated in 2015 land of cartels
  • The return of Tanya Tucker (Sony Classics), represented by the director kathleen horan

cristina ruthierthe executive director of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the nation’s largest university-run film festival, also confirmed to THR that the festival is expanding its documentary-related programming in several different ways.

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For one thing, the festival will kick off annually by presenting a special honor at the start of the Docs to Watch gathering: the Daring Documentarian Award, to a courageous documentary filmmaker whose work is making a difference in the world. The first recipient will be the Russian filmmaker Yevgeny Afineevsky “in recognition of the courage it took to put himself in danger to show the world what was happening in Ukraine, initially with his Oscar-nominated documentary in 2015 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Struggle for Freedom and again with its 2022 sequel Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”

The 10 movies on the Docs to Watch panel and freedom on fire (which recently premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and is still seeking US distribution) will screen during the festival, followed by Q&As with its filmmakers, and two other documentaries will also receive special screenings at the festival Routhier announced.

Gabby Giffords won’t back down (Briarcliff), a documentary about the former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — who was shot in the head in 2011, survived, and has since worked tirelessly to combat gun violence — will be shown at the Lucas Theater, followed by a question-and-answer session with the Oscar-nominated directors Julie Cohen Y betty west (RGB) and Giffords herself.

Y 38 in the garden (HBO), a short documentary about the former NBA player Jeremy Lin‘s’s extraordinary 2012 season and what it meant to the Asian-American community will also be shown at the Lucas Theatre, followed by a question and answer session with its director. frank chi and its Oscar-winning producer Travon Free (Two distant strangers).

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