SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2000 -- And then there was 12. The Oscar camp has announced the dozen second-round qualifiers for the Best Documentary prize. And judging by the lineup, it doesn't look like the deciding committee is experiencing its usual "forgetfulness" when it comes to potential nominees. The list is a virtual hit parade, including some of the year's most talked-about films -- from the absurd ("Mr. Death" ) to the sublime ("Buena Vista Social Club") and the farcical ("American Mo
In the early 1960s, dancer-choreographer Marta Becket fled the maddening crowd of New York to start the Amargosa Opera House in the middle of death valley. This documentary, directed by Todd Robinson, charts how her early career in New York progressed, her complicated relationship with her loving though dependant mother, and her ultimate artistic liberation in Death Valley. This film was a finalist for a 1999 Academy Award Nomination.