EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]

Berlin Critics’ Week Review: ‘California Dreams’ Is an Ambitious Blend of Documentary and Fiction

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: From director Mike Ott (“Actor Martinez,” “Lake Los Angeles”), “California Dreams,” a docu-comedy, is one of the first of its kind. It is wonderfully funny, bleak and depressing, blending fiction with reality; the film uses real people not trained actors. It stars Cory Zacharia and follows the lives of five people – Cory, Patrick, Neil, Kevin (A Dog […]

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2017 PGA Documentary Film Nominees Announced

The Spirit Awards weren’t the only ones announcing nominees today. The Producers Guild of America announced its nominees for Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures today. The nominees are: “O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman) “Tower” (Keith Maitland) “Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams) “Dancer” (Steven Cantor) “The Eagle Huntress” (Otto Bell) It was an excellent year for documentaries. […]

NYFF: Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ is his most optimistic documentary to date

To some degree, you know what you’re going to get when you sit down to watch a documentary from Michael Moore. In the case of Where to Invade Next, a number of Moore’s trademarks are still there, like the filmmaker front and center on camera, comedy masking sadness, and a decidedly liberal bent on politics. […]