May 25, 2011

Eddie Schmidt, IDA's Board President, on Current's Selection Committee


CURRENT TV LAUNCHES ORIGINAL SERIES
"50 DOCUMENTARIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE"

IDA BOARD PRESDIENT, EDDIE SCHMIDT, PART OF THE SELECTION PANEL


 

Current TV will premiere the new original series, “50
Documentaries To See Before You Die,”
 on Monday, August 1.  Hosted
by renowned documentarian Morgan
Spurlock
, this series examines how, over the last
quarter-century, the documentary feature has evolved into an
increasingly mainstream genre, becoming a major box office draw and
impacting society and contemporary American
culture in ways never seen before.

 

Some of the
world’s greatest documentary filmmakers will be a part of the series
including directors Chris Hegedus (“STARTUP.COM”; “The War Room”),  Errol
Morris
(“The Thin Blue Line,” The Fog of War”)  D.A. Pennebaker
(“War Room,” “Don’t Look Back”) and Penelope Spheeris, (“The Decline of
Western Civilization” parts I, II and III).

 

The panel
members who were involved in the selection process include 
Eddie

Schmidt President of the International Documentary Association,

Brian Graden,
Programming Consultant for Current TV and former President of
Programming MTV Networks, Betsy McLane, Project Director for the
American Documentary Showcase and co-author of ‘A New History of
Documentary Film,’ Michael Renov Associate Dean of USC's School
of Cinematic Arts and author of ‘The Subject of Documentary,’ and
Rahdi Taylor Associate Director of the Sundance Documentary Film
Program.