• The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director
• Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director
• Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director
• Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director
• Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director
• Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director
• Mugabe and the White African, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors
• Sergio, Greg Barker, director
• Soundtrack for a Revolution, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors
• Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson, director
• Valentino: The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer, director
• Which Way Home, Rebecca Cammisa, director
Now comes the part where I admit how depressing such announcements can be. No, I'm not crushed by the omission of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, We Live in Public and Capitalism: A Love Story (as many are), I'm reminded of how many 2009 movies I've yet to see, something I've complained about before.
Of the titles in this list, I've seen...well, let's just say I'm familiar with Robert Kenner's work. The ones that also appear on my must-see list -- aka my "God, give me some free time so I can actually watch these movies" list -- are The Beaches of Agnes, The Cove, Soundtrack to a Revolution and Valentino: The Last Emperor, which I hope will also find themselves on the short-shortlist.
I'll admit I'm a little peeved to see R.J. Cutler's The September Issue out of the running, having adored the film and chatted with the director back in...September. And I'm sure a certain editrix is none too pleased...