Friday, April 19, 2024

Oscars: Academy Short List for Documentaries Pits Jane Goodall Against Al Gore, the Grateful Dead, and A Dead Black Man


The short list is out for the documentaries eligible for the Oscars. Five will be chosen as the final nominees. It’s a very competitive year, pitting Jane Goodall against famed filmmaker Agnes Varda and Al Gore. That’s right, Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” made the cut. So did the Grateful Dead, and a Hasidic woman’s brave journey to mainstream life. One of the most profound people I’ve met this season is Yance Ford, who made “Stronger Island.” Please watch this film on Netflix. Ford made a speech at the Gotham Awards that took everyone’s breath away. The story of William Ford’s death is profound.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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