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    "Old Joy" and "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, OR" Take Top Jury Prizes at Sarasota Film Festival

    Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy" and Peter Richardson's "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, OR" won the narrative feature competition and documentary feature competition respectively over the weekend at the Sarasota Film Festival in a gala presentation, which also honored Robert Altman, Robert Towne, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and producer Paula Wagner. Also taking special jury mentions were "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" by Cristi Puiu in the narrative category and Gary Tarn's "Black Sun" in the doc section. Sarasota's 2006 Independent Visions Competition Award went to "Find Love" by Erica Dunton and a special jury prize for screenwriting we...

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    AP: Theron Honored at Gay Media Awards

    Charlize Theron was honored with a top prize from the country's leading gay organization that monitors the media. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation presented its Vanguard Award to Theron at Saturday's 17th annual GLAAD Media Awards for increasing "visibility and understanding in the le...

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    Boot Camp: Mary Harron's "The Notorious Bettie Page"

    "The Notorious Bettie Page" opens with the declaration "HBO Films Presents," which may bode well if an incongruously letterboxed weekly serial were about to follow. The HBO aesthetic and sensibility have become overappreciated and tagged as something oddly rarefied, but basically it's nothing more t...

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    "Iraq in Fragments" & "Darryl Hunt" Win Full Frame Prizes

    James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments" won the grand jury award at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC today, while the audience award went to Ricki Stern & Annie Sunberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt." A special jury prize was presented to Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert's "A Lio...

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    DeVito/Clickstar Unveil VOD Doc Channel

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC today, Danny DeVito joined executives from ClickStar, Inc. to announce the launch of Jersey Docs, a new entertainment channel on Clickstar's broadband VOD entertainment site that will offer digitally downloadable docs. At a panel discussion on Saturday, company CEO James Ackerman talked with attendees about the new company (which was founded by Morgan Freeman and includes funding from Intel). Freeman, narrator of last years hit doc "The March of the Penguins," said in a statement: "Danny and I have known each other for years and we both share a passion for documentaries. I am thrilled...

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    First Person: Jim Mckay - The Fate of AIVF and the Question of Community

    While I have cherished the AIVF for years and benefited from the organization and my participation in it greatly, I feel that it has, for quite awhile now, consistently failed to live up to its mission. This is not necessarily the fault, as I see it, of any recent Executive Directors, staff members,...

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    "Chisolm '72" and "A Room Nearby" to Receive ITVS' Peabody Awards

    The Independent Television Service (ITVS), celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2006, announced today that two of its acclaimed films were among the winners of the George Foster Peabody Awards for 2006. "Chisolm '72: Unbought and Unbossed" by Shola Lynch and Phil Bertelsen, and "A Room Nearby" by Paul and Sandra Ferlinger were chosen to be among the 32 programs honored. The two films being honored for 2006 brings the grand total of ITVS Peabody Awards to nine since opening its doors in 1991. "We could not be more proud of the amazing accomplishments of all our filmmakers," said Judy Tam, ITVS vice president and CFO in a statement. "It is wond...

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    "December Ends" and "Dreamland" Among Type Prize Recipients at Method Fest

    "December Ends," written and directed by Lee Toland Krieger, and starring Josh Janoswicz and Alex Thayer won Method Fest's City of Calabasas Best Picture Award Friday (April 7) outside Los Angeles, the event announced. The festival, which celebrates performance at the center of its event, also gave out acting prizes, with opening night film, "Dreamland"'s two leads (Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner), sharing the Standard Pacific Homes Geraldine Page Ward for Best Actress, while the New Millenium Homes John Garfield Award for Best Actor Award went to Josh Janowicz for his performance in "December Ends." Jason Matzner, who directed "Dreamland," ...

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    P.O.V. Doc Series Gears Up For A Diverse 19th Season

    PBS will kick-off the 19th season of its P.O.V. doc series on June 27, with Helene Klodawsky's "No More Tears." P.O.V., the longest running independent documentary series on American television, will air documentaries every Tuesday night from June through October at 10 p.m. This year's lineup addres...

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    History Channel Series Will Air 10 Historical Documentaries

    Beginning this Sunday, April 9, the History Channel will launch a week of special programming with 10 documentaries that will air as part of the series "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America." Each of the 10 films that will air is the work of award-winning documentary filmmakers, who were selected to tell the story of a specific event that had an impact on America's political, cultural or social landscape. Filmmakers used archival footage and artifacts to recreate these historical incidents that are played out through crafted scenes and interviews. The selection of documentaries also provides a balanced look at some of the more well-known...

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