The 145: 89th Academy Award Documentary Features from Submission to Winner

Below are the 145 films submitted for the Documentary Oscar Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.  This year, two films have a direct connection to Mason: The Anthropologist and 13THThe Anthropologist features Environmental and Sustainability Studies Professor Susie Crate, who specializes in environmental and cognitive anthropology; and one of the cinematographers for 13TH is Film and Video Studies (FAVS) Assistant Professor, Hans Charles.

As new films are added to Mason Libraries’ collection, they will be updated.  Curious about last year’s Oscar race?  Check out the 88th Academy Awards Documentary feature submissions list here.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on February 26, 2017.


A Fearless Storyteller: Producer Christine Vachon

On Wednesday, September 28, the GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series will host A Conversation with Christine Vachon, an extraordinary independent film producer. At the event, Women in Film and Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) will present Vachon with the 2016 Women of Vision Award. Vachon’s films have earned Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, and many other accolades. (more…)

Pride Month Featured Films

This year President Obama proclaimed that June is LGBTQ Pride Month. This follows last year’s historic ruling legalizing marriage equality and the recent legalization of adoption for same-sex couples. Below is a selection of films available in the University Libraries’ collection that depict issues that have historically affected the LGBTQ community and continue to do so today. If you have suggestions for what other titles you would like to see the Libraries purchase, please send a note to the Media Librarian.


The Black Film Canon: the 50 Greatest Movies by Black Directors

Slate published The Black Film Canon: the 50 Greatest Movies by Black Directors on May 30, 2016.  Since the list “is about the power of black people telling their stories,” many “beloved movies about black people, like Carmen Jones, A Raisin in the Sun, The Wiz, and Coming to America” are not listed.



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