December 2, 2014


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®.  One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
“The Case against 8,” Day in Court
“Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
“CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
“Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
“The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
“Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
“The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
“Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
“The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
“The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
“Virunga,” Grain Media

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.  Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Volunteers needed for Hollywood Black Film Festival!

Volunteer For HBFF 2013

(via: http://www.hbff.org/hbff-2013-volunteers/)

Exciting volunteer opportunities await you with the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival (HBFF) which takes place October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. HBFF is now accepting applications for volunteers for the 2013 festival. HBFF is nothing, if not for the efforts of all the volunteers that come together to make it happen.

Volunteering with HBFF is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet other dedicated volunteers and interact with HBFF staff, filmmakers, sponsors, and the movie-going public. You also have the opportunity to learn about the film industry. We can promise you an invigorating experience with an opportunity to learn, grow, and be inspired by the event and its atmosphere.

Each year HBFF relies on the help from close to 100 volunteers, in every department. Whether you have years of experience or are just joining us for the first time, we welcome your help and support. Volunteers are needed before and during the 5-day Festival for a variety of positions, weekdays and weekends, so you’re sure to find a slot that fits your schedule and interests.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of duties, including:

* Pre-festival work (invitation stuffing, preparing/arranging materials)
* Greeting and registration of filmmakers and special guests
* T-shirt and poster sales
* Distribution and tabulation of audience ballots
* Distribution of festival brochure and feedback forms
* Directing guests between festival venues

Once you have logged some hours of volunteer work, you will have free access to Festival events during your off-duty hours.

It is mandatory that all volunteers attend an orientation/training session. All volunteers must be at least 21 years old to participate.

If you would like to volunteer with HBFF 2013 or at any of HBFF’s many year-round programs, please click on the link below to fill out our online volunteer application. The deadline for volunteer applications for HBFF 2013 is Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering for the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Unfortunately the festival will not have the opportunity to respond to every volunteer application. Eligible applicants will be contacted via phone or e-mail. Thank you.


To fill out the online volunteer application, click HERE.