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Entertainment News: 15 Docs Advance

The Field Narrows for 2011 Feature Documentaries

Above: "Bill Cunningham New York": will advance in the voting for Best Documentary in the 2011 Oscar race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that "15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category."

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

"Battle for Brooklyn" (RUMER Inc.)

"Bill Cunningham New York" (First Thought Films)

"Buck" (Cedar Creek Productions)

"Hell and Back Again" (Roast Beef Productions Limited)

"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)

"Jane's Journey" (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)

"The Loving Story" (Augusta Films)

"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (@radical.media)

"Pina" (Neue Road Movies GmbH)

"Project Nim" (Red Box Films)

"Semper Fi: Always Faithful" (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)

"Sing Your Song" (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)

"Undefeated" (Spitfire Pictures)

"Under Fire: Journalists in Combat" (JUF Pictures, Inc.)

"We Were Here" (Weissman Projects, LLC)

According to the AMPAS press release: "The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist. The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater."

I may not have a lot of respect for the Oscars but I do appreciate that by placing a documentary in the running for a gold statue can help a small film gain attention. So check some of these fine films out.

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