Stop Making Sense highlights documentaries newly added to National Film Registry
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection of 25 influential films to be inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. The films were selected for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage.
Among the documentaries chosen were a trio of films examining racism and racially-motivated violence: Requiem-29 (1970), The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) and Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987).
“We strive to look at the range of films, those that are entertaining and inspiring, but also those films that raise more difficult questions, titles that get us to recognize that films are documents of our complex social and political history and that their preservation is absolutely essential if we’re going to look honestly at our past,” said Jacqueline Stewart, chief artistic and programming officer at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and chair of the National Film Preservation Board about the selections.
Also chosen for the National Film Registry was Jonathan Demme’s iconic 1984 documentary Stop Making Sense. The film captures the legendary New York post-punk/new wave band Talking Heads at the height of their powers. As well as The Wobblies, a 1979 documentary directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer about unionization and the International Workers of the World organization, which championed the formation of one big union for unskilled laborers. Kino Lorber announced on Wednesday (Dec. 15) that it had acquired worldwide rights to The Wobblies.
Chicana, a 1979 collage of artwork, documentary footage, narration and testimonies centered on the history of Chicana and Mexican women, was also inducted.
Holiday Eatz to premiere on Gusto TV
Gusto TV will debut the new 10-episode food series Holiday Eatz with the first episode dropping on December 27.
Each 30-minute episode is centered on a well-known day of celebration, from Mother’s Day to the Fourth of July, or even informal events like “Game Day.” The series emphasizes fun and accessible holiday-themed meals, with Gusto TV host and chef Kimberly Lallouz (pictured) showing her confidence, knowledge and humor while making audiences feel like part of the family.
“Holiday Eatz was a labor of love, filled with excitement and joy in every episode,” says Keren Jackman, senior producer for Gusto Worldwide Media. “With the addition of the talented Chef Kimberly Lallouz, we created a truly captivating new series full of laughs, great recipes and fun in every episode.”
Banff World Media Festival names board vice chair
The Banff World Media Festival has announced Brenda Gilbert, president of BRON Media Corp. has assumed the role of vice chair of the board.
The news comes not long after Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs was announced as board chair.
Additionally, Justin Stockman, vice president of content development and programming for Bell Media has joined the Foundation’s board of directors, while long-standing ;board members John Brunton, chairman & CEO and executive producer of Insight Productions, Ira Levy, executive producer at Breakthrough Entertainment; and Blair Miller, managing partner at TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good are all stepping down.
“We’re delighted to welcome BRON’s Brenda Gilbert as vice chair of the board and Bell Media’s Justin Stockman to our Banff family,” said Banff board chair and Lionsgate Television Group chair Kevin Beggs in a statement. “Brenda leads one of today’s premier production companies and shares our passion for impactful storytelling. Her business expertise and creative vision make her the perfect addition to the Board, and Justin’s strong programming background and relationships will contribute greatly in continuing to make Banff an amazing event.”