UPDATED: We now have all the feature documentary trailers, and you can also watch If a Tree Falls on POV’s website for a limited time…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its nominees for 2011’s Best Documentary Feature.
We’re forgetting the brouhaha over how best to reform the Academy’s documentary nomination process for a moment so we can be excited about which documentaries were selected as official Oscar nominees. It’s especially exciting for us at POV, because Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which we aired in 2011, is one of the five.
Here’s the list, announced this morning (at 5:30 AM for those L.A. journalists the film industry loves!):
Nominees for Best Documentary Feature
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (POV 2011)
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
- Watch If a Tree Falls on POV’s website for a limited time.
- In an exclusive video interview, director Marshall Curry tells POV how he explored the line between criminality and terrorism on film.
- Visit POV’s companion site for If a Tree Falls.
- Follow @TreeFallsFilm on Twitter
Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
- Director Danfung Dennis tells POV about making the switch from award-winning photographer to award-winning documentarian.
- Follow @hellandbackagain on Twitter
(And, mark your calendars… Hell and Back Again is set to air on PBS’s Independent Lens in May 2012!)
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
- Watch an interview with directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay on POV’s blog.
- Follow @undefeated_doc on Twitter
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
And here’s the list of nominees for Documentary Short Subject, which includes Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin’s The Barber of Birmingham, a film you’ll see on POV later in 2012.
Nominees for Documentary Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (POV 2012)
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God is the Bigger Elvis
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
There’s no trailer yet for this short, but you can watch an interview with Dolores Hart, the subject of God is the Bigger Elvis, on ABC’s “20/20” for a hint of what’s coming.
Incident in New Baghdad
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
Find out who wins Best Feature Documentary and Documentary Short Subject at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012.