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26 Documentary Films Made by NYWIFT Members Considered for 2017 Academy Award Nominations

159 films have been submitted to the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award consideration, and NYWIFT is happy to announce that 26 of these films featured 32 NYWIFT members as producers, writers and/or directors! And, 13 of those films are streaming online right now.

Executive VP for Talent and Content Development at CNN Worldwide Amy Entelis is credited as an executive producer for four films. Three are available to rent or to own on Amazon Video: The Reagan Show, about President Ronald Reagan’s personal camera crew; Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, an exploration of the life of the eponymous chef; and Legion of Brothers, a profile of U.S. Special Forces soldiers in the Afghan War. Elian follows up with the now adult Elian Gonzalez, whose story of fleeing Cuba only to be returned in an international custody arrangement became a media sensation in the 90s. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent will also air on CNN on November 12, 9PM E.T. as Anthony Bourdain Presents: Jeremiah Tower. It is directed by NYWIFT member Lydia Tenaglia.

Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, produced two docs up for consideration: Cries from Syria, a searing portrait of the Syrian conflict, and the more lighthearted study of nonagenarians, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, featuring comedy legend Carl Reiner. Both films are available to stream on HBOGO and HBONOW. Founder of Hard Working Films Lori Cheatle also produced two possible nominees: I Am Another You follows an intentionally homeless man, and Kiki is being hailed as the successor to Paris is Burning. Kiki is available to rent or own on Amazon Video.

Three NYWIFT members proved themselves as triple threats, acting as writer, director and producer on their respective films. Lara Anne Slife’s Born to Lead: the Sal Aunese Story is about the first Samoan Quarterback in college football and his untimely death at 21. Kristi Zea’s Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray combines verite- style footage, home movies and readings from Murray’s diary (voiced by Meryl Streep!) in a touching portrait of a brilliant artist and friend. And Amber Edwards' Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past profiles the jazzy bandleader's quest to preserve an iconic sound with his 11-member group, the Nighthawks.

Below is the full list of all 26 films made by NYWIFT members, with links where some films can be streamed.

PRODUCERS

Julia Goldman, Justine Nagan for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (watch)
Cindy Tolan for Arthur Miller (on HBO later this year)
Abigail Disney, Gerlyn Dreyfus for Bending the Arc
Lara Anne Slife for Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story
Sheila Nevins for Cries from Syria (watch)
Sarah Wainio for The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson (watch)
Amy Entelis for Elian
Kristi Zea, Jennifer Fineran, Carolyn Goodman-Thomases, Jacki Ochs for Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray
Carolyn Hepburn for The Final Year
Lori Cheatle for I Am Another You
Susan Wagner for I Am Jane Doe (watch)
Sheila Nevins for If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (watch)
Amy Entelis for Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (watch)
Lori Cheatle for Kiki (watch)
Amy Entelis for Legion of Brothers (watch)
Thelma Schoonmaker for Letters from Baghdad
Annie Salsich for Long Strange Trip (watch)
Heidi Ewing for One of Us (watch)
Alexandra Moss for Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (watch)
Amy Entelis for The Reagan Show (watch)
Lara Stolman for Swim Team (watch)
Leah Streetman for Sidemen: The Long Road to Glory
Joan Kron, Andrea Miller for Take My Nose…Please!
Kiran Chitanvis, Ruth Ann Harnisch for Unrest (on PBS Jan. 2018)
Amber Edwards for Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past

DIRECTORS

Alexandra Dean for Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story
Lara Anne Slife for Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story
Kristi Zea for Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray
Lydia Tenaglia for Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Sabine Krayenbuhl for Letters from Baghdad
Lara Stolman for Swim Team
Joan Kron for Take My Nose…Please!
Amber Edwards for Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past

WRITERS

Cori Shepard Stern for Bending the Arc
Lara Anne Slife for Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story
Kristi Zea for Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray
Amber Edwards for Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past



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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts