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The First-Ever Cinema Eye Honors.

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03192008_cinemaeye.jpgLooking over the many documentarians in the crowd gathered at the first-ever Cinema Eye Honors for nonfiction film last night, awards co-chair AJ Schnack (himself a filmmaker) proclaimed “I don’t see journalists, I don’t see activists — I see filmmakers and I see artists.” Not that there’s anything wrong with journalism or activism, but it’s a fair point — subject matter so often comes first and foremost when people look at a documentary film, and everyone working behind the camera is relegated to the role of a chronicler. One of the common themes of the evening, and one of the reasons the Cinema Eye Honors were created, was that nonfiction films deserve just as serious a consideration of their craftsmanship, of their art, as narratives, which is why there were awards given out for editing, cinematography and production, in addition to ones recognizing films and directors.

Over the course of two friendly and informal hours that featured presenters like recent Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofski (“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”), thoughts on the state of documentaries, the difficulties and making them and the frequent lack of recognition were unveiled, and nifty statuettes were dispensed. “Manda Bala (Send a Bullet,)” Jason Kohn’s look at class issues, corruption and kidnapping in Brazil, walked away with the most awards — three, for editing, cinematography and overall outstanding achievement. The winners were selected by an invited pool of filmmakers, festival directors and distributors, with the exception of the audience award, which was determined by public vote and which went, appropriately, to the Seth Gordon’s crowd-pleasing look at competitive video gaming, “The King of Kong.”

After the jump, a complete list of winners and a way low quality video of Jason Kohn’s funny and fervent acceptance speech for the night’s big prize (that’s Barbara Kopple presenting the award).

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[Winners are in bold.]

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РDir. Philip Gr̦ning, Prods. Philip Gr̦ning, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaffli & Michael Weber
* LAKE OF FIRE – Dir., Prod. – Tony Kaye
* MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET – Dir. Jason Kohn, Prods. Joey Frank, Jared Goldman & Jason Kohn)
* THE MONASTERY – MR. VIG AND THE NUN – Dir. Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Prod. Sigrid Dyekjær
* NO END IN SIGHT – Dir. Charles Ferguson, Prods. Jennie Amias, Charles Ferguson & Jessie Vogelson

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РPhilip Gr̦ning
* LAKE OF FIRE – Tony Kaye
* MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) – Jason Kohn
* TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE – Alex Gibney
* ZOO – Robinson Devor

Outstanding Achievement in Production
* BLINDSIGHT – Sybil Robson Orr
* CHICAGO 10 – Brett Morgan & Graydon Carter
* GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL – Seth Kanegis, Tomas Radoor & Mikael Rieks
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РPhilip Gr̦ning, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaffli & Michael Weber
* LAKE OF FIRE – Tony Kaye
* MANDA BALA – Joey Frank, Jared Goldman & Jason Kohn

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РPhilip Gr̦ning
* LAKE OF FIRE – Tony Kaye
* MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) – Heloisa Passos
* MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES – Peter Mettler
* ZOO – Sean Kirby

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
* CRAZY LOVE – David Zieff
* FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN – Niels Pagh Andersen
* GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL – Adam Nielsen
* LAKE OF FIRE – Peter Goddard
* MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) – Doug Abel, Jenny Golden & Andy Grieve
* NO END IN SIGHT – Chad Beck and Cindy Lee

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation
* CHICAGO 10 – Animation by Curious Pictures
* HELVETICA – Motions Graphics by Trollbäck & Co.
* THE PRISONER OR: HOW I PLANNED TO KILL TONY BLAIR – Graphic Design by Petra Epperlein
* THE UNFORESEEN – Motion Graphics by Jef Sewell
* SUPER AMIGOS – Animation by David Quesnelle

Outstanding Debut Feature
* BILLY THE KID – Jennifer Venditti
* MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) – Jason Kohn
* THE MONASTERY – MR. VIG AND THE NUN – Pernille Rose Gronkjær
* NO END IN SIGHT – Charles Ferguson
* A WALK INTO THE SEA: DANNY WILLIAMS AND THE WARHOL FACTORY – Esther B. Robinson

Outstanding International Feature
* GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL – Dir. Asger Leth, Prods. Seth Kanegis, Tomas Radoor and Mikael Rieks
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РDir. Philip Gr̦ning, Prods. Philip Gr̦ning, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaffli & Michael Weber
* MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES – Dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Prods. Jennifer Baichwal, Daniel Iron & Nick de Pencier
* THE MONASTERY – MR. VIG & THE NUN – Dir. Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Prod. Sigrid Dyekjær
* PLEASE VOTE FOR ME – Dir. Weijun Chen, Prod. Don Edkins

Audience Choice Prize
* DEEP WATER – Dirs. Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell
* IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON – Dir. David Sington
* INTO GREAT SILENCE РDir. Philip Gr̦ning
* JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN – Dir. Julien Temple
* THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS – Dir. Seth Gordon
* MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES – Dir. Jennifer Baichwal
* NO END IN SIGHT – Dir. Charles Ferguson
* SICKO – Dir. Michael Moore

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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