The Oscar nominations for best documentary included a nod to Waste Land, an amazing story about the transformative power of art. Its recent run at Zeitgeist has been extended through this weekend (4 p.m. Friday-Sunday). Director Lucy Walker's film features the work of Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz, who created a sort of collaborative portrait project with people who scrounged a meager living by picking garbage at the world's largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho outside of Rio de Janeiro. (Reviewed here, photos of Muniz's work here.)
Also receiving nominations are Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film about the British artist Banksy. The film screened at Chalmette Movies when it reopened. Also nominated is Restrepo, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's excellent documentary about spending several months with an Army unit stationed for 14 months in a remote area in eastern Afghanistan (Reviewed here, with Junger interview.). The other two nominees are Gasland and Inside Job.
More trailers after the jump.