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Academy Awards Announce Best Documentary Shorts Contenders

Oscar®-nominee, Rooney Mara, arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Oscar®-nominee, Rooney Mara, arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 89th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 61 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

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“Close Ties,” Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
“Extremis,” f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures
“4.1 Miles,” University of California, Berkeley
“Frame 394,” Compy Films

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“Joe’s Violin,” Lucky Two Productions
“The Mute’s House,” The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School
“The Other Side of Home,” Feeln
“Watani: My Homeland,” ITN Productions
“The White Helmets,” Grain Media and Violet Films

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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Fear versus Faith: Florence Scovel Shinn

By Moira Cue

Florence Scovel Shinn, born in 1870, was a metaphysical author best-known for her 1925 book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. While some of the language and ideas no longer resonate, her work deserves attention for those interested in the Law of Attraction and in particular, those who are both spiritual and ambitious.

One of Ms. Shinn’s most interesting statements is “Fear is only inverted faith: it is faith in evil instead of good.” This is one of the most powerful statements I have ever heard about fear, or faith. We live in a world that shows us many ways in which evil is real and powerful. There are many unsavory things, and they won’t go away by me choosing to dwell on them or not.

But what do we believe about good and evil? I recently read a book about cognitive bias that contained the whopping  over-generalization that evil is more powerful than good. Hollywood movies used to have good guys and bad guys that could be clearly distinguished, but now a protagonist likely to be deeply morally ambiguous, pathologically neurotic, and/or in the process of transforming from a protagonist to antagonist. Perhaps it’s more realistic to think that even a hero has flaws, but if we cannot imagine people who both do good and are healthy, than what hope do we have of ever living healthy lives where we do good things? Who are our role models?

Florence Scovel Shinn teaches that there is only one power, rather than two, and that power is God. This is a difficult idea to grasp. She believes that each of us was once a part of the infinite intelligence (that some call God) but that our own “vain imaginings,” or separation from the Divine, are the root of evil. And that separation begins with fear. In the Christian tradition, God is the creator of heaven and earth, but the devil, Lucifer, is a fallen angel. He became the devil by separating himself from God.

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You don’t have to be Christian, or even a deist or disciple of any organization or teacher, to believe in good. Some people believe that religion is mostly metaphors, while others believe that various religious scriptures are the literal and singular Truth with a capital T. Most all religions talk about love, and how we are supposed to love each other. Some religions talk about how we are supposed to love not only humans, but to show compassion and gentleness for all living beings. But how many of us have had experience with religion or ideology that caused us to feel guilt, shame, and fear, instead of love? How many of us have used religion or ideology to judge others as less worthy than ourselves?

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Finally, how many of us believe that good is stronger than evil? On one hand, a person could say that a question as broad and general as “Which is stronger, good or evil?” is impossible to answer. And many of us haven’t given it much conscious thought. Some of us are sensitive to all the times that history has shown evil triumph over good. But I would argue that most of us either believe that good is stronger than evil or that evil is stronger than good, that we can consciously change that belief, and that just having a belief that good is stronger than evil will make the world a better place.

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When you are afraid, you are expressing a belief in evil. When you have faith, you open the door to the possibility that there is something or someone that is bigger and stronger than you and your separation from the source of infinite love and abundance. When you invite that something into your life, through faith, whatever that wonderful thing is, it can heal you and make you whole again.

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Trump and Hillary–The Art of the Smear Campaign

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton–in no other campaign in history has there been more name calling, drama, and smear. In Hollywood, it is all about ‘hype,’  Telling everyone how great one is an an actor, model, singer, filmmaker, humanitarian, or the like. In Washington–during one of the most competitive election campaigns ever, it is not only about the candidate’s bragging about how great they are, but also, about smearing their opponent.

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Who Has the Best Public Relations Campaign?

As we all know, “The Art of the Smear” has been taken to new levels by Donald and Hillary during this election.  We don’t need to repeat all of the drama–you know about that.  What we do want to determine here is this; How effective is each candidate’s campaign in terms of public relations and marketing? We monitored, we reviewed, we tested them, and we made our determination. The results are as follows:

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MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Trump

Trump’s social media power dominates. From FB to Twitter to You Tube, he has it down.

MOST EFFECTIVE WEBSITE
Hillary

Hillary’s site is user friendly, and media friendly, with easy contact detail. Trump’s site has fewer contacts for e-mail communication.

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MOST EFFECTIVE ONLINE PRESENCE
Trump

Trump dominates on the web. A true entertainer, he is simply entertaining to watch–love him or hate him, and has a bigger presence online than Hillary.

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA
Hillary

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MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA
Trump

From You Tube to bloggers and independent media leaders including Brietbart and Info Wars, Trump trounces in alternative media.

MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZING TEAM
Hillary

Team Hillary effectively recruits volunteers to help her team nationwide. Volunteers for her campaign have been asked to call voters from their cell phones, blocking their call before each dial. They were instructed ‘not’ to leave messages. While they should have had offices with land lines set up for callers, left messages, and not have blocked calls, at least they did better then her opponent in this regard.

Trump’s organizing team falls flat in this area. They repeatedly have failed to return communication for organizing supporters for callers,  media, and door to door campaigning, among more.

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MOST EFFECTIVE RALLIES
Trump

Trump smears his opponent in this area, pulling in massive numbers of supporters across the nation.

MOST EFFECTIVE BRANDING / SLOGAN

Trump

“Make America Great Again” is –whether true or not, a great slogan. Everyone remembers it.  Hillary’s is, well–forgettable.

MOST EFFECTIVE DEBATING

DEBATE #1:
Hillary

Trump started way too soft, letting his opponent walk all over him way too many times. While he got in a few zingers, he mostly lost this one. Some say a biased moderator helped his defeat.

DEBATE #2:
Tie

While tough for Trump, with another Democrat moderator, but when Trump said that Hillary should be in prison–nothing could top that.  Whether you believe she should be in prison or not, it can’t be denied that it was a wild, unpredictable statement, and unforgettable in the history of American politics.  After the Billy Bush tape leak dominating media right before this debate however, that fact lessened what could have been Trump’s landslide win for this debate.  With a flurry of charges now also against him, the ugly scale of attacks were more balanced, and and as such, this could be easily called a tie.

DEBATE #3:                                                                                                                 Trump

Bringing Bill’s accusers to the ringside, Trump dominated this one, getting Hillary back– for her Vice Presidential running mate’s bad behavior of interrupting Pence– by being much more aggressive and even confronting the media,  who he has publicly scolded. He dominated in the first round, but then lost a little steam, as Hillary pulled ahead closer, keeping a steady pace. Still-Trump mostly beat her, helped by a Fox News moderator who was non biased.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE:
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Even Democrats gave Pence credit for sounding intelligent, and coming off as genuine and professional here. Kaine however–showing himself to the world for the first time in a big way, came off poorly; interrupting terribly, and even yelling on instances.

MOST EFFECTIVE SMEAR CAMPAIGN:
Tie

From Trump’s sexist comments against women from years ago, to Hillary’s e-mail scandals among more, both have effectively smeared each other in various terrible ways. Had Wikileaks or the Billy Bush tape not leaked, the fight may have stayed standing, but instead, it dropped to the ground with both sides fighting for blood.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

Some still suggest both candidates are secretly still friends (as noted in the photo above when they were still pals), and that the election is rigged not for Hillary against Trump, but for Hillary and Trump against Trump. While this seemed plausible in the conspiracy world at first, as things progressed, it seemed highly unlikely. If so, both sides deserve an Oscar nomination for the most convincing characters in the Drama category.

No matter what is real in the murky and crazy world of Washington, all we can know is that whatever happens, we will all still be just fine. And we here at The Hollywood Sentinel can be thankful that we work here in Hollywood–where things are nice and normal compared to Washington D.C.

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