Oscars: Documentary Feature Shortlist At 15

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

  1. I only wish it had been possible for Amy Berg’s doc, An Open Secret, to make the cut but many people seem afraid to support it or screen it. If nothing else it would have been interesting to see a few skeletons rattled in Hollywood.

  2. Whoa. Where is Edet Belzberg’s powerful genocide documentary “Watchers of the Sky”? I am stunned that did not make the short list. Anyone know the process for whittling down so many documentaries to these few precious, lucky ones on this list? Feel bad for Belzberg. She’s quite the talent.

  3. Where is An Open Secret? Oh wait, the new rules made it impossible for it to screen in time I’m sure. 134 films were shown 4 times a day? REALLY? Perhaps Amy Berg’s film, which I saw at NYC DOC, will make it next year. It is a masterfully crafted film that deserves the Academy’s attention.

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