Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 9:13 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 Less than a month after finishing her time in the Michigan House, former Republican Rep. Daniela Garcia has taken a position in the U.S. Department of Education. Garcia will serve as the director of outreach in the office of Communications and Outreach at the federal education agency led by west Michigan native and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In her new role, Garcia of Holland will direct “interaction with organizations and individuals at the national, state and local levels,” according to a department statement Tuesday. Garcia served two terms in the state House, where she was a member of the education reform committee and sponsor of Detroit Public Schools bailout legislation in 2016. Prior to her time in the house, Garcia was an adviser to former Congressman Pete Hoekstra and worked for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, according to her state House biography. A graduate … [Read more...] about Former West Michigan lawmaker takes job in DeVos’ ed department
Movie News & Reviews Felicity Jones makes a case for Oscar nod with ‘On the Basis of Sex’ By RICK BENTLEY Tribune News Service ORDER REPRINT → December 24, 2018 03:00 AM The life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been the subject of numerous books, news articles, TV programs and feature films. One of the most noted was presented through the documentary "RBG" by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. It earned high praise when it was released in May and topped out at the box office in the United States with a scant bit more than $14 million. That's good money for a documentary, but shows that only a small fraction of filmgoers will watch one in theaters. "On the Basis of Sex" – a film that also deals with Ginsburg's life – has a far better chance of drawing a larger audience. While it presents the valuable facts and moments that have made Ginsburg one of the most important women of the past century, … [Read more...] about Felicity Jones makes a case for Oscar nod with ‘On the Basis of Sex’
When RBG, the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, its crew made up "an entire row full of women. It was pretty special," recalls editor Carla Gutierrez. "The main crew were women," she says of Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media's hit doc, which earned $14.3 million at the domestic box office before airing on CNN. In addition to director-producers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the core team included, among others, director of photography Claudia Raschke, composer Miriam Cutler and Gutierrez. The film also features an original song, "I'll Fight," written by Diane Warren and performed by Jennifer Hudson. It's a fitting salute to the film's subject, the feminist icon who argued landmark gender discrimination cases before taking her place on the highest court in the land. The film's narrative is built around a few of those cases, including Frontiero v. Richardson, the Supreme Court decision that determined that … [Read more...] about Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Doc ‘RBG’ Is a “Love Story” — in More Ways Than One
In 1943, at the first Academy Awards ceremony where documentary features were recognized, the category in which they competed — alongside documentary shorts that year, but separately thereafter — included 25 nominees. The four co-winners had one thing in common: They were about one aspect or another of World War II — or, in other words, the times (and turmoil) in which the voters lived. Over the 75 years since, the documentary feature Oscar has continued to favor films that directly or indirectly speak to the moment, even though none of the criteria provided to voters suggests this is necessary. Of course, there have been exceptions: Holocaust docs (e.g., 1981's Genocide), nature docs (e.g., 2005's March of the Penguins), music docs (e.g., 2012's Searching for Sugar Man) and general curiosities (e.g., 2008's Man on Wire). But, perhaps as a residual reflex from a time before television and the internet, when the only place where one could see moving pictures of recent … [Read more...] about The Trump Effect: Will Oscar Voters Reward Politically Tinged Docs With Nominations?
The directors of 10 of the year's most outstanding documentaries — Hulu's Crime + Punishment (Stephen Maing), National Geographic's Free Solo (Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasahelyi), AOS's In Search of Greatness (Gabe Polsky), HBO's The Price of Everything (two-time Oscar nominee Nathaniel Kahn), Netflix's Quincy (Al Hicks and Rashida Jones), Magnolia/CNN Films' RBG (Julie Cohen and Betsy West), National Geographic's Science Fair (Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster), Zeitgeist's Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer), Neon/CNN Films' Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle) and Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Oscar winner Morgan Neville) — gathered on Nov.28 at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Lucas Theatre, in front of a capacity crowd, for the Savannah Film Festival's fifth annual Docs to Watch panel, which was presented by The Hollywood Reporter, moderated by myself. Docs to Watch occurs shortly before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary … [Read more...] about Savannah Film Fest: Directors of 10 Top 2018 Docs Discuss Challenges They Faced