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Help Raise Funds for Acts of Congress

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To contribute funds small and large, head over to Indiegogo. I chatted with Jon Scheide about his upcoming documentary, Acts of Congress, which has just begun raising funds on Indiegogo. Q: How did you get involved in the project? I created it. It’s the evolution or distillation of my desire to make some sort of statement going back to the all the radical changes that have happened since 9/11. The…

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James Franco Stands up for Blackfish

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I know he’s famous for his writing in addition to his acting. I guess I never figured he was this good of a writer: Blackfish could’ve easily been yet another monotonous “save the whales” documentary where they give us all the facts about the human-created plights of whales both in and out of captivity. Instead of preaching and using pretty but uninspired long-lens shots of whales frolicking peacefully in the…

Producers Guild Documentary Nominations

Producers Guild Documentary Nominations

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And the nominees are: Ø A PLACE AT THE TABLE Ø FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY Ø LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM Ø WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Ø WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIME OF TIM HETHERINGTON The PGA traditionally does not line up with Oscar. Last year only two went on to be nommed for Oscar: Last…

Poster for Seduced and Abandoned

Poster for Seduced and Abandoned

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At first I didn’t like the way this group of names was arranged on the risers of the red carpet stairway. But on second thought to see celebrity mingled with genius sums up much of what Cannes is all about.

8 Doc Shorts Make Shortlist

8 Doc Shorts Make Shortlist

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Eight documentary shorts of which five will be selected – and they are: “CaveDigger,” Karoffilms “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions, LLC “Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films “Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed Entertainment “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Prison Terminal LLC “Recollections,” notrac productions “SLOMO,” Big Young Films and Runaway Films

Werner Herzog’s PSA on Texting and Driving

Werner Herzog’s PSA on Texting and Driving

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Blackfish Trailer – Leave the Whales Alone

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I don’t get why, in 2013, we are still allowing the practice of training and keeping whales for human entertainment. A new documentary is about to land that no one will want to see. But it is something essential, especially for younger audiences. The more intelligent the animal, the harder it is to keep them in captivity for entertainment or science. Chimps, elephants, whales and dolphins ought to be treated…

DGA Best Documentary nominees!

DGA Best Documentary nominees!

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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man) Kirby Dick (The Invisible War) David France (How to Survive a Plague) Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) Alison Klayman (Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry) (thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen)

2013 PGA nominees for Best Documentary

2013 PGA nominees for Best Documentary

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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED THE GATEKEEPERS THE ISLAND PRESIDENT THE OTHER DREAM TEAM SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Award categories will…

Doc Short Race Narrows to Eight for 85th Oscars

Doc Short Race Narrows to Eight for 85th Oscars

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The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “The Education of Mohammad Hussein,” Loki Films “Inocente,” Shine Global, Inc. “Kings Point,” Kings Point Documentary, Inc. “Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade Productions “Open Heart,” Urban Landscapes Inc. “ParaÍso,” The Strangebird Company “The Perfect Fit,” SDI Productions Ltd. “Redemption,” Downtown Docs