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Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 "New Film Of The Day" Superlatives

2016 is finally coming to a close, after torturing us for the past 12 months. But at least cinema brought its A-game, for the most part (sure, there were some duds, but there were more good films this year than, say, last year). As some of you may already know, I participate in my friend and kickass cinematographer Cybel Martin's N.F.O.T.D. (aka "New Film of The Day"), for which we document each film we watch that is new to us throughout one calendar year. And I've seen a whopping 190 new films this year. Each of the participants identified our favorite films from the list that fall within six categories. Below are mine:



FAVORITE FILM SEEN THEATRICALLY
TITLE: Fences
DIRECTOR: Denzel Washington
SCREENWRITER: August Wilson
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
CAST: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson



FAVORITE FILM SEEN AT HOME
TITLE: Zootopia
DIRECTORS: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
SCREENWRITERS:  Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
CAST: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba



FAVORITE OBSCURE FILM
TITLE: World of Tomorrow
DIRECTOR: Don Hertzfeldtz
SCREENWRITER: Don Hertzfeldtz
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Don Hertzfeldtz
CAST: Julia Pott, Winona Mae, Sara Cushman



FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY
TITLE: I Am Not Your Negro
DIRECTOR: Raoul Peck
SCREENWRITER: Raoul Peck
CAST: James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson



FAVORITE "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" FILM
TITLE: Black Girl 
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1966
DIRECTOR: Ousmane Sembene
SCREENWRITER: Ousmane Sembene
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Christian Lacoste
CAST: Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine



MEMBERS' CHOICE: FAVORITE HORROR
TITLE: The Eyes of My Mother
DIRECTORNicolas Pesce
SCREENWRITER: Nicolas Pesce
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Zach Kuperstein
CAST: Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill

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