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The 2009 Cinema Eye Nominations

The 2009 Cinema Eye Nominations (photo)

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The Cinema Eye Honors are now in their second year of honoring the best in documentary filmmaking, looking as much at craft as subject matter, unlike the lingering tendencies among, say, the Oscars. The 2009 nominees were announced here in Park City this afternoon, with filmmaker and award co-chair AJ Schnack joined by “My Country, My Country”‘s Laura Poitras and Joe Berlinger, whose latest film, “Crude,” premiered at the festival yesterday. There are some exciting tugs at the boundaries of what’s considered nonfiction film in the list below — most notably Guy Maddin’s docu-fantasia “My Winnipeg,” which isn’t even in the same gene pool as your typical talking head doc. The awards will take place in New York on March 29.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION FEATURE FILMMAKING

MAN ON WIRE
Directed by James Marsh
Produced by Simon Chinn

MY WINNIPEG
Directed by Guy Maddin
Produced by Jody Shapiro and Phyllis Laing

THE ORDER OF MYTHS
Directed by Margaret Brown
Produced by Margaret Brown and Sara Alize Cross

ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED
Directed by Marina Zenovich
Produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Lila Yacoub and Marina Zenovich

WALTZ WITH BASHIR
Directed by Ari Folman
Produced by Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli and Roman Paul

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION

Werner Herzog
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

James Marsh
MAN ON WIRE

Guy Maddin
MY WINNIPEG

Margaret Brown
THE ORDER OF MYTHS

Ari Folman
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Henry Kaiser
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Simon Chinn
MAN ON WIRE

Hilary Sandison and Marc Silvera
STRANDED, I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
TROUBLE THE WATER

Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli and Roman Paul
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ellen Kuras
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)

Peter Zeitlinger
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Jody Shapiro
MY WINNIPEG

Michael Simmonds
THE ORDER OF MYTHS

Wang Shi Qing
UP THE YANGTZE

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

Igor Martinovich
MAN ON WIRE

John Gurdebeke
MY WINNIPEG

Michael Taylor, Margaret Brown and Geoffrey Richman
THE ORDER OF MYTHS

Joe Bini
ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED

Nilli Feller
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ANIMATION

Adina Sales and the team at Blacklist
AMERICAN TEEN

Brian Oakes
I.O.U.S.A.

Andy Smetanka
MY WINNIPEG

Lasse Jarvi
SURFWISE

Lewis Kofsky and the team at Curious Pictures
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Yoni Goodman
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC COMPOSITION

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
THE ENGLISH SURGEON

Kelli Scarr
IN A DREAM

Eric Liebman
LIFE. SUPPORT. MUSIC.

Danny Elfman
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Bela Fleck
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

Max Richter
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

THE ENGLISH SURGEON
Directed and Produced by Geoffrey Smith

MY WINNIPEG
Directed by Guy Maddin
Produced by Jody Shapiro and Phyllis Laing

STRANDED, I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS
Directed by Gonzalo Arijon
Produced by Hilary Sandison and Marc Silvera

UP THE YANGTZE
Directed by Yung Chang
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and John Christou

WALTZ WITH BASHIR
Directed by Ari Folman
Produced by Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli and Roman Paul

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DEBUT FEATURE

Sascha Gervasi
ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)

Christopher Bell
BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER*

Jeremiah Zagar
IN A DREAM

Yung Chang
UP THE YANGTZE

AUDIENCE CHOICE PRIZE

AMERICAN TEEN
Directed by Nanette Burstein

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Directed by Werner Herzog

GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Directed by Alex Gibney

MAN ON WIRE
Directed by James Marsh

TROUBLE THE WATER
Directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin

UP THE YANGTZE
Directed by Yung Chang

YOUNG@HEART
Directed by Stephen Walker

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.