Oscars snub 'Bad Axe' documentary

Filmmaker David Siev's 2022 debut documentary "Bad Axe," centered on his family and small Michigan hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic, was passed over for an Academy Award nomination on Tuesday morning.

The film was one of 15 to make the "shortlist" for a nomination in December and was also named a top contender by numerous Hollywood trade publications.

"Bad Axe," which has earned widespread critical acclaim since its premiere and currently holds a 96% "Fresh" rating on rottentomatoes.com, won a special jury prize and an audience award at SXSW and went on to win the award for Best First Feature at the Critics' Choice Awards in New York.

The film also won the Audience Choice Award at the Freep Film Festival in Detroit, Best Feature Film at the Traverse City Film Festival, the Fest Best audience award at the Hell's Half Mile Film Festival in Bay City, Best Feature Documentary at both the Mountain Film Festival and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Truly Moving Picture Award at the Heartland Film Festival, among many others.

Siev, a Bad Axe native, directed and produced the film about the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown and political turmoil of 2020 on his family and its restaurant, Rachel's of Bad Axe.

The film is described in promotional materials as "a real-time portrait" of 2020 unfolding "as an Asian-American family in Trump's rural America fights to keep their restaurant and American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, Neo-Nazis and generational scars from the Cambodian Killing Fields."

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, best known for his roles on TV’s "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0," is one of the executive producers of the film. Another of the film's executive producers is Jeff Tremaine, a director, screenwriter and producer best known for co-creating the MTV reality stunt show "Jackass" with Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville.

The film is currently available for rent or purchase on streaming services such as iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Google Play.

David first made his mark in the Asian-American festival circuit with the debut of his award-winning short film, "Year Zero." The film would go on to win Best Narrative Short awards from the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Manhattan International Film Festival, and several others.