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Tribeca FF Documentaries

A strong contingent of international documentaries is making their premieres at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, which begins next week in New York. The 12 films of this year’s World Documentary Competition cover a wide range of topics, aesthetics and … Continue reading

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Hot Docs Lineup

Becoming one of the most important film events of the year in the documentary film world, the 19th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced its lineup with almost 200 titles from 50 different countries. The … Continue reading

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SXSW Doc Competition

As at most film festivals, the documentary features at the South By Southwest Film Festival and Conference generate strong interest from assembled buyers and programmers. The consistency of documentary programs is generally higher than their narrative brothers. So, here are … Continue reading

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The West Memphis Three

In what has become an on-going saga of the justice system getting it wrong, a new documentary on the West Memphis Three, young men who were convicted of murdering three young boys in Arkansas nearly 20 years ago, has been … Continue reading

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Heading For Oscar Gold

One of the more controversial sections of the Academy Awards has always been the Best Documentary Film race. The rules surrounding what films are eligible and what films are not, the stringent imperatives that now demand that films in consideration … Continue reading

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Focus On The Arab Spring

As the conflict in Syria reaches a fever pitch and the democratic revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia enter a tenuous and sensitive stage of transition, the phenomenon known as the “Arab spring” is clearly one of the most intriguing, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Stories Of Change

On Tuesday here in Park City, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Skoll Foundation co-sponsored a panel celebrating stories of change. The panel celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Stories of Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary … Continue reading

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Sundance Doc Premieres

Those in the know can attest that the program of documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival tends to be generally more consistent in quality than the narrative films. Perhaps it is the ability of documentaries to hook you into their … Continue reading

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New Oscar Rules

In a move that has generated anger in the documentary community, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that from next year on a documentary film must have review from the New York Times or the Los … Continue reading

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King Of The B Movies

Legendary producer/director Roger Corman always bristled at his nickname as “king of the b movies”. He commented many times that it denigrated the films themselves and his own personal contribution to film history. The truth is, the low budget action, … Continue reading

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