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Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment

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Crisis, Lonely Boy, Chronicle of a Summer. You may not know these films, but you see their influences every day--in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams. The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics, Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever. Director Peter Wintonick's Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media is one of the bestselling documentaries of all time; co-producer Éric Michel won the Cannes Palme d'or for 50 ans, by director Gilles Carle, and co-producer Adam Symansky won an Oscar for Flamenco at 5:15.

1999, 102 min 45 s

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Gold CINDY Award
Itinerant - International CINDY Competition
September 1 2001, Spring Valley - USA

Special Jury Award
World Media Festival
June 10 to 15 2001, Banff - Canada

Director's Citation (Honorable Mention) Award
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
January 29 2001, Jersey City - USA

Honorable Mention - Category: Arts and Culture
International Film and Video Festival
October 25 to 27 2000, Columbus - USA

Special Ecumenical Award - Category: Forum Section
International Film Festival
February 9 to 20 2000, Berlin - Germany

Telefilm Canada Award - Category: Best Canadian Works / Feature length - (Tied with Panic Bodies by Mike Hoolboom) - with a cash prize of 2,000$
Festival du nouveau cinéma
October 14 to 24 1999, Montréal - Canada

Honorable Mention
International Film Festival
September 24 to October 10 1999, Vancouver - Canada