This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of 2017 Oscar nominees via video live stream, with Cal alumni dominating the documentary short category. Berkeley J-School lecturer Dan Krauss’s Extremis, which explores the ethically murky territory of end-of-life decision making, and alumna Daphne Matziaraki’s 4.1 Miles, about a captain suddenly charged with saving the lives of thousands of drowning refugees, are competing against one another; Krauss was once Matziaraki’s instructor and advisor.
“Krauss previously earned an Oscar nomination for his own J-School thesis film, The Death of Kevin Carter, in 2004, so this is a kind of passing of the torch. The tag-team recognition seems to be further confirmation to Matziaraki of the J-School documentary department’s status as the best in the world,” wrote Brandon Yu in CALIFORNIA on Monday.
Posted on January 24, 2017 - 1:56pm