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The New York Times has announced a new policy where it will no longer — can no longer — guarantee to review every movie that comes out. Smart, considering the kind of movies that are being released now that really ...
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By now, with 134 entries for Foreign Language feature, it’s time for the Academy to acknowledge that documentary filmmakers are making an abundance of vital, important films right now. Five slots for Documentary Feature is simply nowhere near enough to ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Rain Perry is making the leap from music to film with The Shopkeeper: A Documentary about Mark Hallman & the Congress House. While the documentary genre has more female directors in it than ...

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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.

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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 ...

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Word went out to Academy members today about a big change in ballot procedure for three categories. Until now, members who wanted to vote for Best Documentary Feature, Live Action Short or Animated Short would need to trek to designated ...
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The year’s best documentaries – Ken Burns, The Central Park Five doc, Queen of Versailles, Samsara, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and West of Memphis shut out of the Oscar race. That is mind-blowing. The new rules were supposed to stop ...
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Once again, the documentary category will contain an embarrassment of riches. You might not be nearly as moved by many of the films in the narrative race for Best Picture as you will be by the real life issues explored ...

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An investigative look at America’s war on drugs and its impact on the criminal justice system. Director Eugene Jarecki was Bill Maher’s first guest on Real Time tonight with a message that’s been obscured for decades: The so-called War on ...

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Some trailers don’t need accompanying synopsis or explanation. This isn’t one of those. Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesian Death Squads will screen in Toronto as well, and the TIFF site is where I found the best observations about the bizarre ...

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A few facts about today’s news item worth paying attention to — as told to me by Michael Moore himself in a phone call this evening: 1) The entire branch of 166 documentary filmmakers will now get to vote on ...

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“Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.) “Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films) “Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions) “Hell and Back Again” (Roast Beef Productions Limited) “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC) “Jane’s ...

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The cumulative effect suggests a world in which murder, desperation and operatic levels of tragedy are workaday (one town is actually called Cut and Shoot). As well as losing her brother and mother in the attacks, one woman tells how ...

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Nearly 42 years to the day since the Stonewall Riots of June 27, 1969, New York State becomes the 6th and largest state to legalize gay marriage. Congratulations, New York! (and thanks to all the straight folks around the country ...

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Pete Hammond interviews David Carr and the LA Times’ Jim Rainey If Microsoft never saw the internet coming, and Google never saw Facebook coming, and Facebook never saw Twitter coming, it is chilling to imagine what newspaper publishers never saw ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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