TITLE

Film companies wake to reality

AUTHOR(S)
Souccar, Miriam Kreinin
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Crain's New York Business;10/20/2003, Vol. 19 Issue 42, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
At this year's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, hit mainstream movies like "Lost in Translation," made their world premieres as of October 20, 2003. But it was a documentary about former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, called "The Fog of War," that had crowds lining up all along the street. At the Toronto International Film Festival this year, the two runners-up for the People's Choice Award — picked from more than 300 foreign-language, were documentaries. Documentaries are suddenly in vogue and audiences have grown more comfortable with real-life stories and have been flocking to cinemas for nonfiction of a more intellectual sort. Box-office grosses for documentaries now rival those for successful films. Stunned by the art form's newfound popularity and profitability, independent film companies are paying more attention to documentaries than ever before, rushing to acquire them at film festivals for distribution and even producing them in-house.
ACCESSION #
11263026

 

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