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The Bittersweet Celebration of Life Itself

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What we know about life: it lasts mere seconds by any measure. What we know about Roger Ebert: No one knew this better than he did. Ah, the horror and the beauty of this fleeting life. Time goes by too fast. There is too much beauty. Everywhere. The film about Ebert is a fitting tribute to a man whose life was so much bigger than movies but whose legacy is…

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The DOG Coming to Theaters and VOD in August

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The Dog, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is ten years in the making. You can find it in theaters on August 8th and on VOD August 15. An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino’s character in Sidney Lumet’s Oscar®-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by…

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Trailer for Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself

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Sasha first posted an except from Roger Ebert’s memoir in July 2011. In 2012 I posted news that it would become the basis for a film — featuring tweets from Ebert himself. Glad to have shared this journey with Mr. Ebert. (Trailer after the cut.)

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Act of Killing, Sarah Polley win at Cinema Eye

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The big winners tonight at the Cinema Eye doc awards were the brilliant Act of Killing, along with Sarah Polley for director.  Too bad Blackfish did not win the audience award.   Winners from HR: Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking The Act of Killing, Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer Outstanding Achievement in Direction Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell

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Blackfish has Seaworld in Aggressive Counter-Attack Mode

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Naturally the multi-billion dollar corporation will use their deep pockets to once again wrestle the truth from the American people about the treatment of whales at Sea World.  They’ve spent twenty years on a carefully executed PR campaign to make people think what was going on at Sea World was perfectly fine.  In truth, it is anything but fine. When America’s sweetheart, Trisha Yearwood, canceled her performance there it had…

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Celebrities Cancel SeaWorld Appearances because of Blackfish doc

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Yearwood has joined a growing list of celebrities and bands (Heart, Cheap Trick, Barenaked ladies, Willie Nelson, etc) who have canceled their appearances at SeaWorld because of the revealing look at the inner workings and treatment of orcas. SeaWorld has mounted a PR campaign for twenty years to make us all believe it’s just fine and dandy with the happy whales at SeaWorld. Nothing could be farther from the truth….

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Tim’s Vermeer – Illuminating the Painting by Revealing the Science Behind It

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Did you know that Teller of Penn and Teller actually speaks? Not only does he speak but he speaks very well. Arriving at the Geffen Playhouse on yet another ridiculously perfect day in Westwood, California, I had no idea what to expect. “Hi, I’m Teller,” he said to me. He greeted me with warmth and a firm handshake. I was caught slightly off guard. Maybe I thought he would communicate…

IDA Documentary Awards Nominations – Blackfish, Stories, Act of Killing Among Them

IDA Documentary Awards Nominations – Blackfish, Stories, Act of Killing Among Them

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2013 International Documentary Awards Nominations BEST FEATURE AWARD THE ACT OF KILLING Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Producers: Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen Executive Producers: Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Torstein Grude, André Singer, Joram ten Brink, Bjarte Mørner Tveit Drafthouse Films BLACKFISH Directors: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Producer: Manuel V. Oteyza Writers: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres Executive Producers: Judy Bart, Erica Kahn Magnolia Pictures LET THE FIRE BURN Director/Producer: Jason Osder Executive Producer: Andrew…

Oscarwatch: Doc Feature Roll Out

Oscarwatch: Doc Feature Roll Out

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Last week, Steve Pond reported that Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell is indeed eligible for the Documentary feature category. The Act of Killing is also eligible. From Pond’s story, a list of eligible films also includes: Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Blackfish,” Jacob Kornbluth’s “Inequality for All,” Martha Shane’s and Lana Wilson’s “After Tiller,” Alex Gibney’s “The Armstrong Lie,” Jehane Noujaim’s “The Square,” Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known,”…

Seaworld Announces They Will Install Exercise Machines in Response to Blackfish, Continues Inhumane Treatment of Orcas

Seaworld Announces They Will Install Exercise Machines in Response to Blackfish, Continues Inhumane Treatment of Orcas

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The astonishing documentary Blackfish, which could see a lot more publicity if it manages an Oscar nod, or maybe a win, has been giving Seaworld some heat. In response, Seaworld has announced it will install exercise machines for the orcas. Oh goodie. Make them do more work just to have them perform.  The breeding in captivity has to end. The remaining orcas must be given therapy and reintroduced to the…