A trio of award winning films are reaching bigger audiences today, with the Oscar nominated TROUBLE THE WATER making its debut last night on HBO (en route to multiple replays this weekend) and two films that won awards at last summer's Silverdocs - Sascha Paladino's THROW DOWN YOUR HEART and Scott Hamilton Kennedy's THE GARDEN hitting theaters.
Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's TROUBLE THE WATER was one of the most acclaimed films of 2008 - winning grand jury prizes at Sundance and Full Frame. We posted an email exchange with the directing/producing team in our year-end recap last December. In addition to its Oscar nod, the film won the Gotham Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for two Cinema Eye Honors.
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART, Paladino's trek to Africa with musician Bela Fleck, opens today at NYC's IFC Center, with both Paladino and Fleck in attendance. It comes to LA next month. Paladino - who won prizes at SXSW and Silverdocs with his film - wrote here about his experiences at this year's IDFA in Amsterdam.
Kennedy's Oscar-nominated THE GARDEN kicks off its theatrical run via Oscilloscpe Laboratories with engagements at LA's Nuart and, surprisingly perhaps, Kansas City. We talked to Kennedy in January about his film.
Finally, James Toback's TYSON finally hits theaters today via Sony Pictures Classics. The Cannes and Sundance selection opens on both coasts - LA & NY - in typical SPC fashion.