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Documentary Feature

Page One: Inside the New York Times Trailer

Featuring our lifelong pal, David Carr. Oscar doc race is already looking, once again, like the category featuring the best films of the year. It’s usually the doc race or the foreign language race, or the shorts. ¬†Very rarely is it the Best Picture category, although last year was not ...

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PBS Alert: Waste Land and Stonewall Uprising

Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land aired on PBS Independent Lens last Tuesday, but I didn’t notice the listing in time give a heads up. Luckily, Independent Lens re-broadcasts Sunday evening in many areas, so check your local schedule for another chance to catch it. Filmed over nearly three years, Lucy Walker‚Äôs ...

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FYC for Exit Through the Gift Shop

AJ Schnack over at All These Wonderful Things makes a pretty good case urging the Academy (this never works) towards Exit Through the Gift Shop: But if I had to vote, if I were a member of the Academy, I’d make my mark for Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz’ landmark work ...

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2010 IDA Documentary Awards Winners

Not among yesterday’s documentary nominees from the PGA, Waster Land is nevertheless on the Oscar Doc short list. Two top honors yesterday from the International Documentary Association keep it very much in play. Earlier this year Waste Land won the Documentary World Cinema award at Sundance and earned two prizes ...

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Oscar Doc Short List

Another Deadline exclusive ahead of the Academy announcement – correction! This was not an exclusive by Deadline. The AMPAS has written me specifically to correct this. It was a standard press release, not given to any one site in particular. Everyone got it roughly at the same time but Deadline ...

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Exit does Well with Cinema Eye Nods

Cinema Eye has just announced its doc nominees for the 2010 season. The audience choices fit what we’re all thinking of as the hot docs of the year more than the rest of the nods — that’s where you’ll find the more familiar titles, like Inside Job and Catfish. As ...

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Inside Job Gets Forbes’ Oscar Vote


Indiewire is reporting that Inside Job, Charles Ferguson’s Wall Street expose, and one of the best films of 2010, is already doing well at the box office already, joining the ranks of Waiting for Superman and Catfish as the year’s biggest money makers in the doc category. Meanwhile, Forbes’ Magazine’s ...

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NYFF: Inside Job, a look at documentaries

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New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant I used to play a game with myself years ago…trying to not only figure out which 5 films would be nominated for Best Picture, but also trying to see them all before the nominations were announced. I remember incredibly well the first ...

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Waiting for Superman – A Call to Arms


While the documentary Catfish might be getting the most attention right now, the documentary Waiting for Superman is out there changing the world, or trying to. Davis Guggenheim (Oscar winning director of An Inconvenient Truth) and the filmmakers have two powerful allies — Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey. Both came ...

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