Archive for category: USA

/ 08/09/2012 5:29 PM

“The World Before Her” wins at Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival, the Michigan-based fest founded by Michael Moore, has wrapped and given out prizes to 10 docs, including “The World Before Her”. At the eight annual festival, which ran from July 31 to August 5, The Founders Prizes were handed out in three categories. The best picture award went to “5 Broken Cameras”, from Emad Burnat [...]

/ 08/08/2012 5:46 PM

National Geographic launches camp in China (China Daily)

China Education TV, National Geographic Channel and Yunnan TV celebrated the opening of a summer camp they initiated together in Beijing on Aug 7. It is the first time National Geographic has launched such camps in China in cooperation with local TV stations. The camp, which wants to help more than 10 members from around China get firsthand experience of [...]

/ 07/19/2012 7:50 PM

“China Heavyweight” and “Golden Slumbers” get awards at Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2012

The Best Documentary Feature award was given to “China Heavyweight”, while French/Cambodian “Golden Slumbers” by Davy Chou won the Special Jury Mention at the 11th Asian Film Festival of Dallas where the film was screened the 17th of July. During the week (July, 12-19), other docs about Asia were shown, including “Where Heaven Meets Hell” (with filmaker in attendance), “Death [...]

/ 07/14/2012 2:15 PM

6 docs about Asia are nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

On July 12, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the nominees are 6 docs and programs from or about Asia, “Armadillo,” which received four nods “Enemies of the People,” which received three, “Last Train Home” which received 2, “The Battle For Marjah”, “Bhutto” and ”Marathon Boy”. . BEST [...]

/ 07/12/2012 9:43 AM

Rick Minnich (Germany): “I’m open to collaborate with Asian filmmakers, producers and broadcasters on their projects or my own”

In an exclusive interview to ADN, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich explains why his new doc project about Bering Strait is very linked to China and Asia. He also speaks about his career and other projects in or about Asia.  • Could you introduce yourself ? I’m an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. After getting my B.A. in [...]

/ 07/11/2012 12:20 AM

Sundance Institute backs 5 new doc projects from or about Asia

The Sundance Institute has bestowed US$490,000 in grants to 27 feature-length documentary projects, including 5 projects from or about Asia. The grants, made via the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP), come as the DFP celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since its inception, it has awarded grants to more than 425 documentary filmmakers in 61 countries. Sundance Institute [...]

/ 06/24/2012 5:05 PM

“Planet of snail” receives the Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners for 2012. This year’s Sterling Award for Best World Feature went to PLANET OF SNAIL, directed by Seungiun Yi. The poetry of the cinema merges fantastically with the poetry of touch, taste and smell when the filmmaker encounters the deaf and blind South Korean poet Young-Chan, who is unwilling to [...]

/ 06/22/2012 1:54 PM

Documentary about Fox Island’s Rittenberg to premiere in Seattle (thenewstribune.com)

Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Mao’s favorite American. The 90-year-old Fox Island resident spent 34 years in China, sometimes at Mao’s side and at other times in prison. “The Revolutionary” features Sidney Rittenberg with Chairman Mao Zedong. During his early years in China, Rittengerg knew and supported him. By Craig Sailor thenewstribune.com, 05/25/12 Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Mao’s [...]

/ 06/20/2012 5:16 PM

Open City Docs Fest London 2011 will screen 7 doc films from or about Asia

21st – 24th June – OPEN CITY DOCS FEST -Celebrating the best of documentary film in the heart of London - “Open City Docs Fest” is a festival devoted to exploring the world we live in through the vision of documentary film. This year, the diverse programme offers more than 100 films from around the world, including 7 doc films [...]

/ 06/20/2012 9:59 AM

From “Mohammed to Maya”: A Spiritual Transition (indiawest)

Maya Jafer, a transgender Muslim woman from South Asia, shares her story in the documentary, “Rites of Passage.”  Growing up in India, the only person who knew Mohammed Jafer’s true identity was a Buddhist monk: “I see the woman in you,” he said, “and I want to call you Maya because I see a lot of love in you.” But [...]