The Producers Guild of America has announced their nominees for Best Documentary of 2011. When it comes to feature film, the PGA and the Oscars almost always coincide, but the Academy overlooked some critically acclaimed film when it came to making their 15-film shortlist. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest and Senna didn’t make the Academy’s shortlist, but the PGA has shown a little more sense and nominated these films for Best Documenatry. They’ve also shown love to Bill Cunningham New York, Project Nim, and The Union. Right now I’m rooting for Project Nim, but keep in mind that the only other film I’ve seen on this list is Senna (which is also awards-worthy).
Hit the jump for the full press release. Television series nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards will be announced December 7, 2011. All other nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 3, 2012, along with the individual producers. The winners will be announced on January 21, 2012.
One of the films I was bummed to miss at Sundance was Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. I heard nothing but positive things about the film and I’m glad that I’ll finally get to see it in theaters. Sony Pictures Classics has released a trailer for the film and it gets me excited for the flick because it looks like it helps uninitiated viewers like myself not only learn about a Tribe Called Quest, but also about the history of hip-hop and how they influenced the genre.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opens July 8th.
After setting heads nodding and knees bouncing in unison at Sundance, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest got a Tribeca Film Festival crowd moving to the beat and, occasionally, to tears, for its homecoming screening. Shown in the city that gave rise to the documentary’s titular characters, the New York premiere had a distinctly family vibe.
Hit the jump for audio and highlights from one of the festival’s liveliest q&a sessions all week. Director Michael Rapaport and ATCQ members Malik Taylor (a.k.a. Phife Dawg) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (seeing the film on a big screen for the 1st time) took the stage after the packed screening at the festival’s biggest venue: the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
One of the films I wish I got a chance to see at Sundance this year was Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. I’m not as familiar with A Tribe Called Quest as I want to be and I only heard positive things about the documentary from those who saw it.
Now it looks like I’ll have a chance to see it thanks to the folks at Sony Pictures Classics who have acquired the North American distribution rights to the flick, which documents the behind-the-scenes world of the influential alternative rap group. Hit the jump for the full press release.