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Documentaries on the Academy's Shortlist: A Program at Tribeca Cinemas This Week

One of the most thrilling experiences for me last year was attending the Tribeca Film Festival in late April and early May, meeting talented filmmakers and seeing their extraordinary films. I write a regular blog titled "Shoe Leather" for the website Reframe, a project of the Tribeca Film Institute, and I've been increasingly drawn to the genre of documentaries. One of the best films I saw at the festival was "Man on Wire," a dramatic recounting of Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in August of 1974. (Official site) I highly recommend seeing it.

This past November the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the Oscars. According to the Academy's announcement, "a record 94 pictures had originally qualified in the category."

Here's the list of the 2008 documentaries that made the cut:

“At the Death House Door”
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
“Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts”
“In a Dream”
“Made in America”
“Man on Wire”
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”
“Standard Operating Procedure”
“They Killed Sister Dorothy”
“Trouble the Water”

Those who missed "Man on Wire" at its screenings about town have another chance to see the film this week, along with other five other worthy candidates for best Documentary Feature. A special program at Tribeca Cinemas on January 8th and 10th, GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND PRESENTS: DOCS ON THE SHORTLIST, celebrates six of the films that enjoy ties to the Tribeca Film Festival - At the Death House Door, The Garden, I.O.U.S.A., Man on Wire, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and They Killed Sister Dorothy. Filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their films.

This past Saturday the National Society of Film Critics selected "Man on Wire" as best nonfiction film of 2008.

Ticket Prices and Information:
Tickets for each film screening is $8.00 regular tickets; $5.00 for members of the Guilds, members of BAFTA East Coast, DocuClub, IDA, IFP, and/or Shooting People, and full-time students with current I.D.; free for Academy Members.

All screenings will be held at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (corner of Laight), New York, NY 10013
For more information call 212.941.2001 or follow the link here.


  1. Anonymous3:12 PM

    aaah, saw Man on Wire this summer, somewhere in the East Village and absolutely loved it, brilliant movie !

  2. I'm so glad you saw it. Brilliant in how it combined so many genres - caper movie, suspense, arts documentary, etc., and with such an uplifting message.


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