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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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