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Cinema Eye Names Subjects from ‘Faces Places’ and ‘Jane’ Among 2017’s ‘Unforgettables’

18 October 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The nonfiction organization Cinema Eye and its nominations committee of top international documentary film programmers, curators, and filmmakers has picked their annual list of “Unforgettables” who helped to define documentary cinema in 2017. They selected 30 individuals from 15 different films to be in the running for this year’s Cinema Eye awards. Like the Doc NYC shortlist, many of the films on this curated list are in the running for the year’s top awards, including the Oscar. “Jane,” “Faces Places,” “City of Ghosts,” and “Strong Island” continue to lead the documentary awards pack.

The full slate of Cinema Eye nominations for nonfiction feature, short, and broadcast films/series will be be announced on Friday, November 3 in San Francisco at Sffilm’s Doc Stories event. Awards will be presented in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Read More:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus, »

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Cinema Eye Names Subjects from ‘Faces Places’ and ‘Jane’ Among 2017’s ‘Unforgettables’

18 October 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The nonfiction organization Cinema Eye and its nominations committee of top international documentary film programmers, curators, and filmmakers has picked their annual list of “Unforgettables” who helped to define documentary cinema in 2017. They selected 30 individuals from 15 different films to be in the running for this year’s Cinema Eye awards. Like the Doc NYC shortlist, many of the films on this curated list are in the running for the year’s top awards, including the Oscar. “Jane,” “Faces Places,” “City of Ghosts,” and “Strong Island” continue to lead the documentary awards pack.

The full slate of Cinema Eye nominations for nonfiction feature, short, and broadcast films/series will be be announced on Friday, November 3 in San Francisco at Sffilm’s Doc Stories event. Awards will be presented in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Read More:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus, »

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Scent and sensibility by Anne-Katrin Titze

2 October 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Bobbi Jene Smith with Elvira Lind on Laura Dern: "Well, she's been an idol for me. I always looked up to her so I was excited to speak to her." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival was a momentous one for Elvira Lind, the director/cinematographer of Bobbi Jene. Days before the awards ceremony, where her film on Bobbi Jene Smith swept the documentary competition categories (Best Feature, Cinematography and Editing for Adam Nielsen), she gave birth to her and Oscar Isaac's son, Eugene.

In Bobbi Jene, Laura Dern is seen having a conversation with Bobbi Jene Smith as they talk about the rules of the trade - for women. "Don't overdo it!" "Don't be angry!" "Stay sexy!" Dern lists. And where does enjoyment go in all of this concern? Bobbi explains Gaga in response. "It's physical," she says. "You enjoy effort and you enjoy pleasure."

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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

28 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that »

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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

28 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that »

- Anne Thompson

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Kingsman 2 Beats It at the Box Office with $39M

24 September 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As expected, after two weekends of box office dominance, New Line Cinema's It remake was finally dethroned. While it came in far lower than most projections, 20th Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle took the top spot at the box office with $39 million. Also as expected, Kingsman 2 easily beat its fellow newcomers The Lego Ninjago Movie and Friend Request, although they both came in far lower than most projections.

Box Office Mojo reports that Kingsman 2 opened in 4,003 theaters for a solid $9,743 per-screen average. While some had projected it to open in the $50 million range, the Kingsman sequel still managed to out-gross its predecessor, which opened with $36.2 million en route to a $128.2 million domestic debut and $414.3 million worldwide from an $81 million budget. The sequel was produced under a $104 million budget, but with its $61.2 million foreign debut, for a worldwide tally of $100.2 million, it's already very close to breaking even. »

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ and ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Launch Fall Wave; ‘Loving Vincent’ Shows Animated Start

24 September 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The fall specialized season ratcheted up with a group of top festival releases starting their theatrical release with later awards in their sights. As expected, well-reviewed “The Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight) stood out as the top performer in a week without much other signs of life from holdovers (IFC’s “The Viceroy’s House” is the best of a weak bunch).

In two initial cities, Judi Dench showed her royal form in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” (Focus) with the weekend’s best per theater average, while “Stronger” (Roadside Attractions) saw some success in a much wider limited release.

The upstart was “Loving Vincent” (Good Deed), which unexpectedly came up with a $24,000 exclusive New York opening. This rare animated arthouse release (using Van Gogh “painted” animation to tell its narrative) could be a sleeper success within this uber-competitive period.

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The Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals »

- Tom Brueggemann

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'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High

24 September 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »

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Joshua Reviews Elvira Lind’s Bobbi Jene [Theatrical Review]

22 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Artist biographies come a dime a dozen. Be it the historical documentary looking at the life and career of an iconic cultural figure or a “talking head” picture that sees that very figure speaking bluntly about the life they have led, the form may very but the central thesis is relatively the same. However, every so often a documentary comes along that either shatters the formal expectations set for this subgenre of documentary or is so entrancing narratively that the formal cliches can be overlooked. And then there are the films that do both.

That’s the thin window where Bobbi Jene falls.

Director Elvira Lind introduces us to American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, as she embarks on what ostensibly amounts to a complete change of life. A beloved member of the legendary Batsheva Dance Company, Bobbi Jene Smith uproots her life, leaving Tel Aviv, Israel to move back to »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Bobbi Jene Movie Review

22 September 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Bobbi Jene Oscilloscope Pictures Director: Elvira Lind Written by: Elvira Lind Cast: Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schraiber, Ohad Naharin, Denise Smith, Yaniv Nagar, David Harvey, Barbara Frum, Nirit Schraiber, Amir Schraiber, Matan Daskal, Adam Whitney Nichols, Laura Dern Opens: September 22, 2017 Director Elvira Lind, whose film “Songs for Alexis,” deals with the struggle of […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Can Kingsman 2 or Ninjago Take Down It at the Box Office?

19 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the It had no trouble repeating atop the box office for a second straight frame in a row last weekend, it doesn't seem that it will be going for a three-peat, with three new movies vying for the crown in wide release, 20th Century Fox's action-packed sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Warner Bros.' Lego Movie spin-off The Lego Ninjago Movie and Entertainment Studios' horror-thriller Friend Request. While it very well could be a close race, we're predicting that Ninjago will come out on top with $55.6 million, while Kingsman 2 will follow just behind with $52.4 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that both Kingsman 2 and Ninjago will be released in roughly 3,900 theaters, with Friend Request opening in roughly 3,000 theaters. All of those movies will still fall short of the 4,138 theaters that the blockbuster It remake was playing in last weekend, but after a record-breaking opening weekend, and a normal second-weekend drop, »

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Doc Corner: Tribeca's Big Winner, 'Bobbi Jene'

19 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Glenn Dunks

Who is worthy of a documentary about themselves is a question that comes up a lot when watching and occasionally writing about documentaries. A long life doesn’t necessarily make you any worthier of one, just as youth doesn’t imply unworthiness. Of course, who is a worthy subject is ultimately in the eye of the beholder so to speak and it is the film itself is what should be judged.

I am sure there was a reason that director Elvira Lind chose to follow Bobbi Jene Smith for a documentary. Beyond ‘she’s a great dancer’, of course »

- Glenn Dunks

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Can American Assassin End It's Reign of Terror at the Box Office?

12 September 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

New Line Cinema's It remake gave the sagging box office a much-needed jolt after the worst summer season in 11 years, pulling in a massive $123.4 million, which even came in $6 million higher than the original estimate of $117.1 million. The tally easily set a new record for the highest September opening weekend in history, along with the highest debut for any horror movie in history, and provided even more proof that audiences are hungry for edgy R-rated fare. This weekend, Pennywise and The Losers Club will go up against three new movies opening in wide release, Lionsgate's action-packed adaptation American Assassin, Paramount's bizarre drama mother! and Open Road Films' thriller All I See Is You. None of these movies are expected to give It a serious run for the box office crown, with the movie easily expected to repeat atop the box office with $66.2 million.

What's ironic about that projection is, »

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Official Trailer for Documentary 'Bobbi Jene' About the Dancer's Life

3 September 2017 2:37 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I need to do what I need to do..." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Bobbi Jene, profiling the life and provocative work of famed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. Bobbi is an American dancer who, after 10 years in a prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, decides to leave and head home to the Us to create her own boundary breaking art. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, where it won Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Doc overall. As described, the film "delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process." Seems like a very promising and also important doc from the dance world, with plenty of "erotic energy" and much more to offer. Worth a watch. Here's the official trailer »

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Trailer Watch: A Dancer Changes Her Life in Elvira Lind’s Tribeca Winner “Bobbi Jene”

1 September 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Bobbi Jene

“I need to do what I need to do. I need to dance. I need to work hard. That’s it,” says Bobbi Jene Smith in a new trailer for Elvira Lind’s “Bobbi Jene.” The award-winning documentary follows the American dancer at a turning point in her life. She’s become the star of a famous Israeli dance company but decides to return to the U.S. after 10 years working and living abroad. “I love being in the company,” Smith tells her mentor at the Batsheva Dance Company. “I love dancing for you. I just feel it’s time for me to make my own work.” But the trailer shows just how difficult making her own work — and leaving her old life behind — will be.

“When I met Bobbi five years ago I instantly knew that here was a film I’d like to pursue,” Lind told us. “I wanted to make a film about a woman around my own age who was facing the consequences of her choices as an artist — the loneliness, the struggle, and the doubt that comes with the lifestyle, but also the satisfaction you experience when you follow your instincts and find your path.” She explained, “Bobbi was strong and inspiring. She was unchained by taboos. She was honest and she was about to change her life dramatically. When we met it was like we had known each other for years. It was an easy choice to pick up my camera and begin shooting.”

Lind emphasized that she hopes the film will “help challenge the criteria of success.” “We are so focused today — obsessed, really — on making it big and loud rather than being brave and making it honest,” she explained. “The size of the stage we are on should not define how successful we are.”

Bobbi Jene” made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, where it was named Best Documentary Feature. Lind also took home the honor for Best Cinematography.

Lind previously directed “Songs for Alexis,” a 2014 doc about a transgender teen musician and his relationship with his girlfriend.

Bobbi Jene” opens in New York September 22. It will hit Los Angeles theaters October 6.

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Trailer Watch: A Dancer Changes Her Life in Elvira Lind’s Tribeca Winner “Bobbi Jene” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Watch Bobbi Jene Trailer: A Dancer Goes Indie

1 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In the film world, "going indie" suggests a desire to make something that the major Hollywood studios don't want to finance and/or distribute. But what does it mean for a dancer? A new trailer for the documentary Bobbi Jene suggests a strong creative voice behind the camera and true artistry on the screen. Filmmaker Elvira Lind developed trust and intimacy with her subject, Bobbi Jene Smith, and that comes through in the trailer. Synopsis: After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S. to create her own boundary breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that...

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BFI London Film Festival’s Official Competition Is 33 Percent Women-Directed

31 August 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Angels Wear White”: 22 Hours Films

Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” took home top honors at the BFI London Film Festival last year, but the ensemble drama was one of just two women-directed films that screened in the 12-title Official Competition program, which amounted to 17 percent of the lineup. The fest has just announced its first crop of films for its 2017 edition, and this year’s Official Competition slate is considerably more female-friendly. Of 12 films in the 2017 Competition lineup, four are directed or co-directed by women, an encouraging 33 percent — nearly double the percentage from last year.

Films screening in Official Competition include Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” a drama that centers on two school girls who are assaulted by a middle-aged man, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and estranged son that has been chosen to represent Palestine at the 2018 Oscars in the foreign-language category.

The Documentary Competition also features a high number of women-directed films. Five of 12 features in the lineup are directed by women — about 42 percent of the program. Last year women directed or co-directed 50 percent of the films featured in this slate. Among the films screening this year are Elvira Lind’s award-winning portrait of an American dancer, “Bobbi Jene,” and Maryam Goormaghtigh’s “Before Summer Ends,” a road trip movie that follows three Iranian expats traveling around France.

Unfortunately the Gala program includes far fewer titles helmed by women. Of 20 films screening in this high-profile category, only three are directed or co-directed by women, a total of 15 percent of the lineup: Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s tennis comedy “Battle of the Sexes,” Dee Rees’ drama about rival families set in post–World War II South, “Mudbound,” and Lynne Ramsay’s Joaquin Phoenix vigilante drama “You Were Never Really Here.” Women directed only 15 percent of last year’s Gala films, as well.

The BFI London Film Festival runs October 4–15. Check out the women-directed and co-directed films screening below. List adapted from Deadline.

Official Competition

Vivian Qu, Angels Wear White

Nora Twomey, The Breadwinner (European Premiere)

Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra, Good Manners

Annemarie JacirWajib

Galas

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Battle Of The Sexes

Dee Rees, Mudbound

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Documentary Competition

Maryam Goormaghtigh, Before Summer Ends

Elvira Lind, Bobbi Jene

Agnès Varda, Jr, Faces Places

Lucy Cohen, Kingdom Of Us (World Premiere)

Sonia Kronlund, The Prince Of Nothingwood

BFI London Film Festival’s Official Competition Is 33 Percent Women-Directed was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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London Film Festival Announces Full 2017 Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘You Were Never Really Here,’ and More

31 August 2017 4:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 61st BFI London Film Festival has announced its full program for this year’s festival, featuring a large selection of 242 feature films from both established and emerging talent. This year, the festival will host 29 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. The 242 features screening at the festival include: 46 documentaries, 6 animations, 14 archive restorations and 16 artists’ moving image features. The festival also includes 128 short films, and 67 countries are represented across short film and features.

As was previously announced, the starry festival, often viewed as a major launchpad for awards contention, will open with Andy Serkis’ much-anticipated true-life directorial debut “Breathe” and close out with Martin McDonagh’s Frances McDormand-starring “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Read More:‘Breathe’ Trailer: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut Could Bring Andrew Garfield Back to the Oscar Race

Those exciting titles are now joined by a wealth of other major contenders, including “Call Me By Your Name, »

- Kate Erbland

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Screen Media Nabs Rights to Ryan Eggold’s ‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’

24 May 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights to Ryan Eggold’s new comedy-drama “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” slated for a theatrical release later this year. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival last month, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson and Luis Guzman.

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The seriocomic “Literally, Right Before Aaron” follows the aftermath of a love affair between Adam (Long) and his ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders), when Adam gets word of Allison’s upcoming wedding. Realizing that he’s not quite ready to bid farewell to their relationship, Adam decides to attend the wedding in an embarrassing attempt to convince himself, and those around him, that he has moved on.

The movie marks the directorial feature film debut for Eggold (best known for his work as »

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Elvira Lind’s Tribeca Winner “Bobbi Jene” Acquired by Oscilloscope

22 May 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Elvira Lind’s “Bobbi Jene” has found a home. Oscilloscope Laboratories snagged the U.S. rights to the the award-winning documentary about American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, a press release has announced.

The doc follows Smith at a turning point in her life. She’s become the star of a famous Israeli dance company but decides to return to the U.S. after 10 years working and living abroad.

A theatrical release is being planned for later this year.

“When I met Bobbi five years ago I instantly knew that here was a film I’d like to pursue,” Lind told us. “I wanted to make a film about a woman around my own age who was facing the consequences of her choices as an artist — the loneliness, the struggle, and the doubt that comes with the lifestyle, but also the satisfaction you experience when you follow your instincts and find your path.” She explained, “Bobbi was strong and inspiring. She was unchained by taboos. She was honest and she was about to change her life dramatically. When we met it was like we had known each other for years. It was an easy choice to pick up my camera and begin shooting.”

Lind emphasized that she hopes the film will “help challenge the criteria of success. We are so focused today — obsessed, really — on making it big and loud rather than being brave and making it honest,” she explained. “The size of the stage we are on should not define how successful we are.”

Bobbi Jene” made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, where it was named Best Documentary Feature. Lind also took home the honor for Best Cinematography.

“Since ‘Bobbi Jene’ was funded solely by European film funds and public broadcasters, we knew that a good start at Tribeca Film Festival could help catch the eye of U.S. distributors,” commented Lind. “However, finding the right partner for the film was the main priority. We were lucky that we were able to choose from a few distributors with great track records, but are confident we found the perfect partner in Oscilloscope and are beyond excited to start this journey with them.”

O-Scope’s Dan Berger added, “Elvira has crafted a film that is so much more than the logline would lead you to believe. The closeness and intimacy she achieves easily transcends Bobbi Jene’s personal story beyond that of just a dancer. It’s a human story with universal relatability that I have no doubt will move anyone who sees it.”

Lind previously directed “Songs for Alexis,” a 2014 doc about a transgender teen musician and his relationship with his girlfriend.

Elvira Lind’s Tribeca Winner “Bobbi Jene” Acquired by Oscilloscope was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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