2006 Oscar Doc Short List

Via Sarah Jo at Documentary Insider: the great news that one of my favorite documenatries of the past year, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? has qualified for the short list of the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category. As I mentioned in my review, Mr. Smith raised some valuable questions about our political process, and I’m very happy to see it make the cut.

Other personal favorites among the finalists include Davis Guggenheim’s Al Gore doc, An Inconvenient Truth, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Jesus Camp, and James Longley’s Iraq in Fragments and Deborah Scranton’s The War Tapes, both of which offer urgently needed perspectives on the war in Iraq. Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple, which I caught in DC at Silverdocs earlier this year, is also a solid choice.

Exciting to see so many cool documentaries gain some much deserved recognition. Go to Sarah Jo’s place for a complete list of the fifteen finalists.

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