The Oscar shortlists have been announced, and four films by WMM filmmakers are included. Congratulations to THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT (Dir. Debra McClutchy, Co-dir. Anne Alvergue, Prod. Beth Levison and Judith Mizrachy), a film from the WMM’s Production Assistance Program, for making the Documentary Short Film shortlist! This film highlights Martha Mitchell, the Cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate and the Nixon administration’s campaign to gaslight her into silence.
The following three films made the Documentary Feature shortlist:
- ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED (Dir. Program alum Laura Poitras), follows the life of artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty who was greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic’s unfathomable death toll;
- FIRE OF LOVE (Dir. Program alum Sara Dosa) unravels the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded – the death of intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft in a volcanic explosion; and
- AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL, co-produced by WMM filmmaker Abby Ginzberg (WAGING CHANGE, BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER) exposes the untold story behind the murder trial of Black Panther leader Huey Newton; the accidental case that put racism itself on trial.
Congratulations to all!
Nominations will be announced on January 24, 2023.