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‘Citizen Ashe' Directors Rex Miller & Sam Pollard On Arthur Ashe's Legacy As An Activist - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Arthur Ashe is an icon in the tennis world, breaking barriers to become the first Black male champion of three Grand Slams: the Australian Open; the U.S. Open; and, most famously, beating Jimmy Conners in 1975 to win Wimbledon. But on the other side of the net is Ashe's work as an activist, which becomes...
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The Velvet Underground's Influence On Director Todd Haynes' Film Went Far Beyond The Band's Music - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Edgy rock band the Velvet Underground was an outgrowth of manager Andy Warhol's avant garde art movement that over time has emerged as one of the most influential groups of the 1960s and ‘70s. It also exerted a powerful influence - particularly in the image crafted in Warhol's films - on the way filmmaker Todd...
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Director Peter Nicks Says ‘Homeroom' Captures Ability Of An Ever-Younger Generation To Demand And Effect Change - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Homeroom filmmaker Peter Nicks, whose documentary delves into the lives of a high school class in Oakland, CA, dealing with troubling issues ranging from the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic to concerns about their school system's internal police force, said his Hulu film reveals how the teen generation is eager and capable of using...
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‘Procession' Director Robert Greene Would Have Scrapped Entire Film To Protect Subjects - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Procession director Robert Greene said he would have stopped filming at any point if it was harming his subjects. He followed six survivors of sexual abuse by Kansas City priests as they re-created scenes of their experiences in the church. Greene spoke with Deadline's Matthew Carey about the film for The Contenders: Documentary. “Basically, the...
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‘Flee's Animation Helped Open Up The Painful Emotions Behind The Subject's Harrowing Refugee Story - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Flee director Jonas Poher Rasmussen revealed that it took animation to tell the true story of his childhood friend Amin's harrowing journey as an Afghan refugee and the painful secrets he's held for decades to allow him to finally tell his tale both anonymously and with deep emotion. “What really made Amin able to share...
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Covid Pic ‘The First Wave' Was “Terrifying” & “Inspirational” For Director Matthew Heineman - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

The First Wave director Matthew Heineman said his Covid documentary was both frightening and inspiring. Heineman followed medical personnel at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the Queens borough of New York for four months in 2020. He spoke with Deadline's Matthew Carey about the experience. “I think it was a terrifying experience for everyone...
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In ‘Simple As Water', Syrian Families Dispersed By Horror Of War Share Their Struggles To Stay Connected - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

For director Megan Mylan's Simple as Water, which follows far-flung Syrian refugees as they strive to maintain their familial bonds in the aftermath of war, the filmmaker said she relied on an exhaustive casting process that involved building trust with her subjects. “We spent lots and lots of time identifying which families would want to...
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‘The Real Charlie Chaplin' Directors Had Three Key Sources To Define Enigmatic Subject - Contenders Documentary

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

Directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney said their documentary The Real Charlie Chaplin had two major hurdles. One was that there are already so many biographies about Chaplin, and the other is that Chaplin was so enigmatic, none of the biographies truly capture him. The filmmakers said during a panel conversation at Contenders Film: Documentary...
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