Documentaries for one and all!
Documentaries for one and
With pleasure, DOCNZ
announces some of the highlights of our inaugural
After receiving more than 230 entries from 25 different countries, the selection panel (see appendix for members of this panel) settled on a healthy figure of around 130 documentaries, for the 1st DOCNZ documentary film festival. 30 New Zealand documentaries are short-listed for the top awards in the national documentary film contest.
Festival director Dan Shanan is ecstatic with the quality and the diversity of the documentaries to be included into programming and is confident that there will be something for everyone.
The titles are from all around
the world, and feature subjects as diverse as the
relationship between Hemingway and his boat captain,
Gregorio Fuentes in a charming Cuban short story (The Old
man and Hemingway ), and a historic front door in Dunedin
(The Freedom Flat).
This will include documentaries such as Marti: The Passionate Eye (about photographer, Marti Friedlander), Colin McCahon: I am (about New Zealand artist and icon, Colin McCahon), and Life On The Street, which explores the day-to-day realities associated with homelessness in New Zealand, by interweaving several vivid portraits of Kiwis living on the street. The Festival will also provide a fresh angle to some of these documentaries with the inclusion of a Q & A panel, most likely featuring the director and in some cases the subject character of the documentary.
Alex Lee, says ‘A great piece of local work should not be
disadvantaged from being included in the competition simply
because it has shown on television. The Festival competition
is about celebrating excellence in local documentary film
making including documentaries made by local film makers and
commissioned by TVNZ or TV3 for local broadcast”.
Following on the generous support of principal sponsors SKYCITY Community Trust, Auckland City and National Geographic Channel, Festival Business Development and Sponsorship Manager, Ewa Bigio is thrilled to announce this week the inclusion of three new principal sponsors, accountancy firm and the Festival’s official accountant, Staples Rodway, Australasian investment and finance company, St Laurence Group and “ideas” company, Saatchi & Saatchi.
Staples Rodway will be providing accountancy support to the Festival whilst Saatchi & Saatchi will be delivering the Festival’s marketing campaign. Saatchi & Saatchi is currently devising a comprehensive marketing strategy which will include a 4 week TVC campaign running on both the Arts and the National Geographic Channels as well as a print campaign. St Laurence Group will be generously donating towards all three of the competition’s major awards.
“The three sponsors announced this week are all leaders in their own field and the Festival will benefit greatly from its association with them. All three sponsors are investing considerable time, money and effort into the Festival and the Festival Management Board would like to acknowledge the sponsors’ for their invaluable contribution”, says Ewa Bigio.
DOCNZ 2005 will take place at Auckland’s Academy Cinema, 15-28 September 2005, and at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre 29 September – 5 October 2005. The media launch will be held on Wednesday the 24th of August at the Academy Cinema and it will be open for the public. Programs will be distributed through cafes and libraries throughout Auckland and Wellington.
Our highly experienced Selection Committee consisted of the following people:
Pooley's documentaries have screened in more than 100 countries, and include topics ranging from genetics to the Pope. Upon her return to New Zealand from England in 1997 Pooley established the independent production company Specific Films. Recent documentaries include the Qantas Award winning film Relative Guilt, The Man Who Has Everything for the American Discovery Network, Kiwi Buddha as seen on National Geographic and Haunting Douglas about choreographer Douglas Wright. Most recently she has completed production of feature length documentary The Promise about euthanasia campaigner and convicted murderer Lesley Martin. Leanne has served as a judge for the International Emmy Awards, is on the executive of the New Zealand Director's Guild, and has published several articles on documentary filmmaking.
Rowan is New Zealand’s most celebrated casting director and currently the President of Women in Film and Television (WIFT). From England, Di graduated from Drama School and turned her talents to discovering screen talents have including Anna Paquin in The Piano: and Keisha castle Hughes in Whale Rider.
A lawyer by training, Potter worked in the public sector but decided to take up film and television at the University of Auckland. She has been the Acting Executive Director of the Screen Directors Guild and is a documentary filmmaker.
An American, Sandor is of Hungarian Chinese decent. He was a Fulbright Scholar and did a Masters in Film & Television at the University of Auckland. His films Another Man’s Treasure and Behaviours of the Backpacker have shown in international film festivals. His current project is a feature length documentary called Squeegee Men.
Brookman has been in the movie picture marketing business for more than 20 years serving as a writer, producer, director and editor. Over the years he has created hundreds of theatrical trailers, TV and radio sports and promotional videos for films of all genres. He immigrated to New Zealand in 2000 and his trailers since then includes Crooked Earth, Rain, Kombi Nation, The Locals, Perfect Strangers, Spooked, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous, The World’s Fastest Indian, Number 2, Grateful Dawg, Almost Salinas, Assassination Tango and Three Dollars.
Bigio is a trained lawyer and active in the arts. She has been a realtor, owned an art gallery and an active supporter of Opera New Zealand.
Butler is currently an academic, whose industry experience has covered the whole range in film, eventually specialising in lighting. She worked overseas and most notably, has apprenticed and then worked extensively with Stanley Kubrick on his projects.
Maddigan has been in the film industry for over 20 years with production experience in feature films, television series, television commercials and documentaries. Many of the projects Maddigan has been involved with have been shot overseas, primarily in the South Pacific and Asia.
During the past year Maddigan has worked with Weta Workshop producing a complex miniature train sequence for Sony’s upcoming feature The Legend of Zorro. Maddigan is currently developing two documentaries, one based out of Auckland with the second one being shot both in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Mossman is TVNZ’s Art Commissioner. She has more than 12 years production experience and joins TVNZ from Greenstone Pictures where she has spent eight years as a producer. Her production credits include Mercury Lane (23 hours of arts documentaries for TV ONE and a finalist in the 2003 Qantas Media Awards), two series of semi-dramatised history documentaries Epitaph and many one-off documentaries including Crump, Hudson and Halls and The Respectable Addiction. Before going into production Philippa worked in arthouse cinema and produced theatre.
Lee is an entertainment lawyer, producer, director and writer, as well as managing director of Tsunami Management Limited, Tamarillo Films Limited and Tamarillo Casting Limited. Alex is currently producing a feature film The Magician. He also founded and set up the Asia Film Festival Aotearoa. In case that wasn’t enough, he also teaches Production Management to the Masters students at the University of Auckland.
Shanan is a documentary filmmaker who immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. His feature length documentary, A Stage of Mind, will premiere in the Haifa International Film festival in October 2005.
Ma-kara at Makara, a short documentary film that he co-directed, screened at the 2005 Asia Film Festival Aotearoa, 2004 Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, and the 2004 Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem. Shanan also owns and manages Timeline Productions Limited, a production company devoted to documentary making.
Goldson is Associate Professor of the Department of Film & TV Studies at the University of Auckland. She has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries for 15 years, both here and in the United States. Goldson’s feature film Punitive Damage, showed in festivals, cinemas and on television throughout the world and won over 10 international awards.
Feature documentary, Georgie Girl was shown at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane International Film Festivals as well as at Hotdocs in Toronto. Goldson’s current film Pacific Solution is currently in post-production.