Thank you to everyone who voted in our For the Record classic documentary contest! The winning film is Sherman’s March!
After his girlfriend leaves him, Filmmaker Ross McElwee takes a voyage along the original route followed by General William Sherman, but rather than cutting a swath of destruction designed to force the Confederate South into submission, as Sherman did, McElwee searches for love, camera in hand.
In 2000, Sherman’ March was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry as a “historically significant American motion picture.” It has won best documentary awards at numerous film festivals, been cited by the National Board of Film Critics as one of the five best films of its year, selected for a Cinéma du Réel retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and chosen as “One of the Top 20 Documentaries of All Time” by the International Documentary Association.
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