The SCAD Savannah Film Festival, which takes place each year at the Savannah College of Art and Design shortly before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes to determine the Oscar shortlists, and has become a premier showcase for documentary programming in particular, has revealed the names of the 10 documentaries it will feature on this year’s edition of the celebrated Docs to Watch panel.
The unique Docs to Watch meeting, which discusses the challenges and benefits of making documentaries, will take place at the Lucas Theater on Wednesday evening, October 26, midway through the 25th edition of the fest, which will run from October 22-29. . For the ninth year in a row it is presented by News Kidda and moderated by the undersigned.
The films represented on the panel are:
- Everything that breathes (HBO), represented by director Shaunak Sen
- bad axe (IFC), represented by director David Siev
- Descendant (Netflix), represented by Director Margaret Brown
- fire of love (Nat Geo), represented by director Sara Dosa
- Good night Oppy (Amazon), represented by Director Ryan White
- Last flight home (MTV), represented by Director Ondi Timoner
- Moonage Daydream (Neon), represented by director Brett Morgenan Oscar nominee for 1999 On the ropes
- Navalny (HBO Max), represented by director Daniel Roher
- retrograde (Nat Geo), represented by director Matthew Heinemanan Oscar nominee for 2015 cartel country
- The Return of Tanya Tucker (Sony Classics), represented by director Kathlyn Horan
Christina Routhierthe executive director of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the nation’s largest university-run film festival, also confirmed that THR that the fest is expanding its documentary-related programming in several ways.
For example, the celebration kicks off each year with a special honor at the beginning of the Docs to Watch gathering: the Daring Documentarian Award, to a courageous documentary maker whose work makes a difference in the world. The first recipient is the Russian filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky “in recognition of the courage it took to put oneself at risk to show the world what was happening in Ukraine, initially with his 2015 Oscar-nominated documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom and again with its sequel on 2022 Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom.”
The 10 movies on the Docs to Watch panel and Freedom on fire (which recently premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and is still seeking distribution in the US) will all be screened during the fest, followed by Q&As with their filmmakers, and two other docs will also have special screenings at the fest, Routhier announced.
Gabby Giffords won’t back down (Briarcliff), a documentary about former US congressman Gabrielle Giffords — who was shot in the head in 2011, survived and has worked tirelessly to fight gun violence ever since — will be screened at the Lucas Theater, followed by a Q&A with the Oscar-nominated directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) and Giffords himself.
And 38 in the garden (HBO), a short documentary about former NBA player Jeremy LinThe extraordinary 2012 season and what it meant to the Asian-American community will also be screened at the Lucas Theater, followed by a Q&A with the director Frank Chic and its Oscar-winning producer Travon Free (Two distant strangers).