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The Best Nonfiction Films of the Year Are…?

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Best documentary at the Oscars is, like best foreign language film, the type of category that seems invented to be grumbled over, with selections and winners rarely reflecting the films everyone else in the world finds most worthy of praise. So it’s much less frustrating to look to organizations like the International Documentary Association for better indicators of the docs that are the cream of 2010’s crop.

The nominees for the 2010 IDA Documentary Awards were announced today, and the contenders for the top prize include Banksy’s “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” a personal favorite; Laura Poitras’ Al-Qaeda saga “The Oath”; Joonas Berghaell and Mika Hotakainen’s look at Finnish sauna culture “Steam of Life”; Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s trailing of Montana sheepherders “Sweetgrass”; and Lucy Walker’s tale of making art of trash “Waste Land,” opening in New York on Friday. The awards will take place in L.A. on December 3rd.

Distinguished Feature Documentary Nominees

“Exit Through The Gift Shop”
Director: Banksy

“The Oath”
Director: Laura Poitras

“Steam Of Life”
Directors: Joonas Berghaell, Mika Hotakainen

“Sweetgrass”
Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

“Waste Land”
Director/Writer: Lucy Walker

Distinguished Short Documentary Nominees

“Keep Dancing”
Director: Greg Vanderveer

“The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner”
Director: Daniel Junge

“Woman Rebel”
Director/Producer: Kiran Deol

“The Fence”
Director/Producer: Rory Kennedy

“The Last Truck”
Directors/Writers/Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Continuing Series Award Nominees

“30 For 30”
ESPN

“American Experience”
WGBH, PBS

“Art In The Twenty-First Century”
PBS

“Brick City”
Sundance Channel

“Wide Angle”
PBS

Limited Series Award Nominees

“Affliction Series: Culture And Mental Illness In Indonesia”

“Have You Heard From Johannesburg”

“Latin Music USA”

“Masterclass”

“This Emotional Life”

IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award Nominees

“Little Mom”
Director/Producer: Maria Fortiz-Morse

“Perry County”
Directors/Producers: Matt Durning, N’jeri Eaton

“The Stinking Ship”
Director/Producer: Bagassi Koura

“Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story”
Director/Producer: Oscar Buchar

“Whales Of Gold”
Director/Producer: Lucia Duncan

IDA Music Documentary Award Nominees

“For Once In My Life”
Directors: Mark Moormann, Jim Bigham

“Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould”
Directors/Producers: Michele Hozer, Peter Raymont

“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”
Director: Leanne Pooley

“Thunder Soul”
Director/Producer: Mark Landsman

“When I Rise”
Director: Mat Hames

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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