We’re counting down the top documentary news of 2011 on New Year’s Eve!
Richard “Ricky” Leacock, who’d first worked with Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North) on Louisiana Story, provided the portable and unobtrusive filmmaking technology that freed filmmakers such as Robert Drew (Primary), D A Pennebaker (Dont Look Back) and the Maysles brothers (Salesman) to define a new genre of immediate, fly-on-the-wall documentaries.
And as a professor at the program he helped establish at MIT, Leacock mentored a new generation of filmmakers, including Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March) and Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding).
Leacock died in March at age 89.
The 2011 Documentary Year in Review Countdown…
Ford Foundation Funds Webified Documentaries
Michael Moore Sues the Weinsteins over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Accounting
A film by you
‘Life In A Day,’ a Documentary Culled from 80,000 Filmmakers, Premieres Online
‘Senna’ Breaks U.K. Box-Office Records
Mobile device legend
Cinéma Vérité Pioneer Richard “Ricky” Leacock Dies
‘My Reincarnation’ Breaks Records on Kickstarter
Seeing is beliebing
3-D Documentaries Hit Theaters
Risks become real
War Documentarian Tim Hetherington (‘Restrepo’) Killed in Action
No flash in the pan
Popcorn.js Brings HTML5 and Interactivity to Documentaries
What if Banksy Wins an Oscar?
The Stop Online Privacy Act Catches the Web Off Guard
The West Memphis 3, Subjects of the ‘Paradise Lost’ Documentary Series, Are Set Free