Yes, yes, we know. It's February 1 and we're still looking back at 2009. Call us belated, call us procrastinators, but we still have a word or three to offer about the year that's now a month past. Last year we offered a list of ten folks who've made the community a better place in 2008. Here's our list of 2009's nonfiction heroes:
2009 marked the year that Cinereach broke through as a major grant player – but with a significant twist. Their first high profile film, OCTOBER COUNTRY, was known less for its social justice/liberal agenda perspective than for its artistry.
Through his seafar blog, the guru of Hot Docs gave readers an unvarnished and thoroughly revealing look at the process behind programming a major documentary festival. By examining his own process so publicly, Farnel gave filmmakers a unique opportunity to understand what happens throughout a curator’s year – from fests to submissions to hundreds of index cards thump tacked to a wall.
The Board of Film Independent
There were those who deplored the actions of Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival in their handling of the controversial documentary, BANANAS!*, but we found the organization’s dedication to screening the film – even in the threat of lawsuit – courageous. For those who believe otherwise, rest assured there are plenty of film festivals and organizations that wouldn’t have taken the risk.