The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2019 Writers Guild Awards with the top film awards going to Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade for Original Screenplay.
Bathtubs Over Broadway
NAME OF FILM: BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
DIRECTOR(S): Dava Whisenant
STARRING: Steve Young, David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman, Florence Henderson, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra, Don Bolles
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: While researching unusual vinyl albums for David Letterman, comedy writer Steve Young never expected to stumble across anything quite like the long-hidden and forgotten world of industrial musicals. And little did he know that this quirky discovery would yield such a nerdy mystery and fascinating documentary. An obscure corner of show business that was meant to entertain and energize the sales forces of corporate America, these musicals were full scale productions with budgets often toppling their Broadway counterparts. Sure, the featured songs with titles like “Everything’s coming Up Citgo” (for Citgo Petroleum Corporation) and “Detroit Diesel Dazzle” (for General Motors) are easy to laugh at, but there’s also something truly beautiful at work here. Young’s giddy enthusiasm for these oddities turns insightful and meaningful, forming a community of collectors who uncover not only the well known people who got their start in the field (the film features interviews with the likes of Martin Short and Florence Henderson), but also the unknown craftsmen thrilled to finally have their work recognized. Told with such warmth, charm, and unabashed nostalgia, Young’s love for this slice of Americana cheese is infectious. It’s a film that works its delightful magic so thoroughly you’re sure to leave humming tunes about bathroom fixtures (“The Bathrooms are Coming!”).
SHOPLIFTERS, SOFIA, GHOST FLEET, DEAD PIGS Win Juried Awards at 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival
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The Writers Guild of America West announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2018 for original, adapted and documentary screenplays.
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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2018 Audience Choice, Heterodox, Broadcast, Unforgettables and Nonfiction “Shorts List”
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The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival which will take place over the upcoming Columbus Day Weekend, October 4 to 8, 2018, unveiled the full slate of films.
Pope Francis Documentary Wins Founder’s Grand Prize at Michael Moore’s 2018 Traverse City Film Festival
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, written and directed by three-time Academy Award® nominee Wim Wenders won the top prize, the Founders Grand Prize at Michael Moore’s 2018 Traverse City Film Festival.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will host its 4th Annual Documentary Week, which begins Monday, July 30th and runs through Saturday, August 4th at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven.
Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Releases 2018 Lineup, Opens with RBD, Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
RBG, a revealing and exciting portrayal of the Notorious RBG herself, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will open this year’s 2018 Traverse City Film Festival