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Now Is the Time, Christopher Auchter’s short documentary about Robert Davidson, is amongst the films in DOC NYC’s prestigious Short List. As Point of View Magazine reports, “The Short List section has arguably become DOC NYC’s most high-profile section, but it’s also a consistently accurate predictor of the increasingly competitive Oscar race for Best Documentary Feature. 24 of the most recent 25 Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature have appeared in the program.”
Auchter’s film, which revisits the carving and raising of Davidson’s first first totem pole, can be viewed for free courtesy of the NFB.
Still on the subject of accolades, the Gotham Awards have announced that all five of their nominees for Best Feature Film are directed by women: The Assistant (dir. Kitty Green), First Cow (dir. Kelly Reichardt), Never Rarely Sometimes Always (dir. Eliza Hittman), Nomadland (dir. Chloe Zhao) and Relic (dir. Natalie Erika James).
Meanwhile, upon his death (and as per his request), John Waters will have the restrooms at the Baltimore Museum of Art named in his honour. As detailed by Artforum, the Pope of Trash has bequeathed his impressive art collection to the museum with the stipulation that the facilities bear his name after he’s passed.
Over on Twitter, another noted troublemaker has made waves by seemingly naming his next target.
In the days that followed, Baron Cohen continued to call out Zuckerberg. It’s also worth noting (as Indiewire helpfully did) that, in an op-ed for Time last month, the provocateur labelled Facebook “the greatest propaganda machine in history” and “a megaphone that history’s worst autocrats could only dream of.”
Halloween undoubtedly inspired a few people to steel their nerves and revisit Pulse, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s unnerving ghost story. The prolific filmmaker’s latest feature, To the Ends of the Earth, will be released on December 11.
Should any of you feel that you haven’t been properly weirded out in a while, then look no further than the Safdie brothers’ music video for “Lost But Never Alone” by Oneohtrix Point Never, the composer for both Good Time and Uncut Gems.