Marshall Curry is an award-winning filmmaker who’s written both fiction and documentary films. His first film, Street Fight was nominated for an Academy Award and got him featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces in Independent Film.’ His work has also won recognition at Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Here are five of his documentary films worth watching!
If you love politics and the power struggle that comes with it, then Street Fight is a must-watch. The critically acclaimed film covers the rise of US Senator Cory Booker’s political career. This was his first documentary film, which won an Academy Award nomination. The Washington Post called it the ‘Best American political documentary since The War Room’.
The story follows a 27-year-old Matt VanDyke on a three-year journey through Northern Africa and the Middle East. He set off on his journey with his motorcycle and a video camera. What started as a trip to discover himself led him to joini the Libyan revolution against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He was ultimately held in captivity for six months by Gaddafi forces. The movie was nominated for an Emmy and won the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The movie, written and directed by Curry, won the Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film, 2020. Based on a true story, it follows the mundane life of Alli, a mother of two young children, until one day, when two free-spirited neighbours started living next door. Alli can see through their window and her life takes a new turn.
This coming-of-age film won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. Marshall Curry takes us through the lives of Annabeth (11 –years-old), Josh (12), and Brandon (13) who race in World Karting Association's National Championship and one day dream to race in NASCAR. The movie was also executive produced by Dwayne Johnson.
The film documents a 1939 rally that took place in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. The film was completely created from archival footage shot that evening. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2019. It was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and was a part of a special screening at the New York Film Festival.