Behind the Oscar Docs: Cutie and the Boxer

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries kicks off today. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); An Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Zachary Heinzerling, director of the Oscar nominated feature documentary, "Cutie and the Boxer", talks about his film featuring DUMBO artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. He discusses their story, how the film came together, and what the impact has been on the protagonists.


Zachary Heinzerling

Comments [5]

Maria from Brooklyn

@Asianinbrooklyn, I can't disagree with your comments regarding Orientalism, since I have yet to see the film. In a conversation w/ a friend about what a woman, esp. an artist, often gives up in a relationship w/children, he recommended this film. We also talked about how having children can lead to a reevaluation of one's life and perhaps striking out on a different path. Having seen the trailer, that is what really resonates with me, not the fact that the artists are Japanese. From the trailer, I felt empathy with them and didn't see them as "cute" and "wacky." Really interested in seeing this. I hope that your charge is incorrect (I don't take these things lightly).

Feb. 11 2014 12:31 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Ed from Larchmont -- anti-Christian bias? I see that the right-wing fundies are all over that. According to the Academy, the songwriter broke their promotional rules. Since he has close ties to the Academy, wouldn't allowing him to bend the rules be considered bias against the other nominees?

Feb. 11 2014 11:59 AM

I met Noriko once after viewing one of her shows, and she was very intense. After carefully examining each frame of her work, my friend and I both said to each other "I want to see inside of her brain!" This documentary was the perfect reply to our request. Nice work!

Feb. 11 2014 11:56 AM
Asianinbrooklyn from brooklyn

Interesting that this piece follows the other about Asian portrayal in pop culture. Found this film to be another version of "Orientalism," the portrayal of the cute and wacky Japanese.

Feb. 11 2014 11:52 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Did you see where the song "Alone, yet not alone", the song for a small Christian movie, got a nomination, and then it was retracted (only the fourth time) because the producer had 'lobbyed for it'. But everyone lobbies for their songs and movies. Anti-Christian bias?

Feb. 11 2014 09:36 AM

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