I fill Eric Kohn in on my AFI FEST reviews ("By the Sea" and "Concussion") and saw "The Big Short" Thursday night (review here). We dig into the factors influencing the crowded documentary awards field, from the DOC NYC Short List and IDA and Cinema Eye Honors nominees to San Francisco’s new Doc Stories event.
Does "The Look of Silence" get a boost from "The Act of Killing" not winning the Oscar? Which music docs will prevail? Is it dangerous to be too popular and well-known? The Academy doc branch tries to see everything but is influenced by festival awards and the right kind of publicity.