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PODCAST: Which Documentaries Stand the Best Shot in Oscar Season?

PODCAST: Which Documentaries Stand the Best Shot in Oscar Season?


This week’s episode of Screen Talk is brought to you by Bleecker Street, presenting the new movie, “Trumbo.”

As Oscar season heats up, the documentary race can often seem like the side dish to the flashy campaigns run by studios promoting stars and A-list directors. But documentaries actually must fight a lot harder to stand out, and the community of filmmakers involved with them face their own set of issues as they set out to promote their best efforts.

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With DOC NYC launching this week, Screen Talk co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson examine the festival’s “Short List” sidebar to assess whether it’s a fair representation of this year’s non-fiction contenders — or whether such a sidebar should even exist in the first place. A few months ago, it seemed as though “Amy” was the definite frontrunner — but with films like “Cartel Land” (above) and “The Look of Silence” gaining ground, anything’s possible.

Plus: The latest updates from AFI FEST, including Will Smith’s “Concussion,” and more around the corner.


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