May 10th, 2012
This year Sheffield Doc/Fest will be held from the 13-17June, bringing the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days.
Dogwoof are proud to announce that we will be bringing more titles than ever before to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 - with 11 of our documentary films screening. Here are all the films:
Marina Abramović The Artist is Present - Following the famous artist as she prepares for a MoMA retrospective of her work, this title has already picked up the Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Berlinale and we will be releasing it theatrically on the 6th July. In partnership with the festival BFI are also screening a number of films, and director Matthew Akers will do a special Q&A at the BFI on the 18th June.This film is also one of our Dogwoof Global Sales titles - watch the trailer and find out more on the film's website.
Undefeated - This doc on an American football team the Tigers won the Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Feature this year, and will be arriving in cinemas on the 10th August. Find out more here. This will be the European Premiere of the film
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* - A sequel to BANANAS!*, Fredrik Gertten films all the corporate bullying and media spin reactions to the film that looked at the lawsuit against the fruit giant Dole Food Company. A Dogwoof cinema release is scheduled for September for this title.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet - An extraordinary tale of guitar legend Jason Becker, who was diagnosed with ALS at 19 and told he only had a few years left to live. The film has been picking up awards like a magnet at festivals including the Special Jury Prize and Audience Awards at Cinequest. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is another of our Global Sales titles.
Planet of Snail - An absorbing Korean film, Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since early childhood, and has learnt a new language with his wife and guide Soon-Ho, also physically hampered by a spinal disability. This title will be in cinemas on June 22nd - find out more here.
Chasing Ice - A new acquisition for us from Hot Docs, this film displays stunning timelapse photography recorded by National Geographic photographer James Balog showing the melting of glaciers around the world. The film won the audience award at Hot Docs and was a hit at Sundance.
Call Me Kuchu - Another Hot Docs acquisition, Call Me Kuchu has been wowing festival audiences wherever it plays. It follows David Kato, and the issues he faces being an openly gay man in Uganda as a new anti-homosexuality bill proposing death for HIV-positive gay men is introduced.
Putin’s Kiss - Hot on the heels of Putin's recent inauguration for another 6 years of power, Putin's Kiss examines the Nashi youth movement through the eyes of Masha Drokova, an 18-year-old girl who loves Putin, and everything he stands for.
Being Elmo - Currently on its UK and Irish cinema tour Being Elmo tells the tale of the famous puppet and his puppeteer Kevin Clash. Watch the trailer and find out more over on the film's website. The Sheffield Doc/Fest screening will be an outdoor event.
Town of Runners - The rural town of Bekoji, Ethiopia, produces some of the world's best long distance runners; Town of Runners delves into the story of this town and the coach who trains these athletes by following the town's young hopeful runners. Currently doing well in cinemas, you can find out more about the film and the runners themselves here
The Island President - The story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, and his struggle to save The Maldives from rising sea levels. After Nasheed was ousted in a recent military coup, the importance of his work cannot be stressed enough. This is another title currently screening across the UK - discover more on the docs website.
Get your pass and find out more about the festival on the Doc/Fest Website, and we'll see you there! Dogwoof's Anna Sissons will also be taking part in a panel on distribution and lots of our directors will be coming over so stay tuned for more details - make sure you sign up to the Dogwoof Newsletter for all the gossip.
What about those of you who can't get to Sheffield we hear you say? Fear not, you can always organise your own screening of one of these films through Popup Cinema - head over to our special Doc/Fest page