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    cinemadaily 07.07.09 | Truth in Docs

    A recent controversy surrounding the film "Bananas!*," which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month has brought to the fore one of the most relentless issues in documentary film: representing truth. In Fredrik Gertten's "Bananas!*," Nicaraguan workers hire a flashy civil lawyer to take on the Dole food company, claiming that they were made sterile due to exposure to a pesticide. A court ruled in the workers' favor. Dole is appealing this case. Then, many workers who were not included in the first case brought a similar case to court with the same lawyer. These cases were thrown out by a judge due to fraud. The...

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    "Worthwhile" Weekend: Milos Forman Helps Kick Off Karlovy Vary

    From its swarms of onlookers hoping to catch a film or a glimpse of a celebrity, to its gorgeous European backdrop - save for a concrete monstrosity that serves as festival headquarters - the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival can feel a lot like Cannes, Jr. upon first glance. But, it quickly...

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    Cinema First: Hu & Gerrans, Surviving and Thriving, for 20 Years

    Surviving and successfully navigating two decades as an independent distributor of international cinema that might never have been seen a big screen is no small feat. So, indie producers, executives, programmers and critics have been saluting two individuals this year on just that achievement.

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    Alex Rivera: "Documentarians play the most crucial role when they question the official story"

    The main question here: Does a filmmaker have the right, and indeed the responsibility, to tell a story as he or she sees fit, pursuing truth even when the story is not completely cut and dry? And should fellow filmmakers back a director when controversy erupts?

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    cinemadaily 07.03.09 | "Manero" Moment

    "'Tony Manero' is one of those movies that sneak up on you from behind and take a pickax to your head," proclaims Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir, writing about the Cannes '08 Director's Fortnight entry, "Tony Manero." It opens in U.S. theaters today, starting off in New York City from newly christened L...

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    TIFF Wish List: 30 Films to Watch for in Toronto

    In celebration of Canada Day, indieWIRE is offering some speculation on the country's biggest celebration of film, the Toronto International Film Festival. The fest started announcing titles last week, and will be announcing a big block of programming at its July 14th press conference. The 34th edit...

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    Succinct, Crusty, Reflective and Always the Artist: Agnes Varda Talks "Beaches"

    "The grandmother of the New Wave," Agnes Varda's ("The Gleaners and I") latest documentary returns with a movie that synthesizes 50 years of filmmaking, and 80 years of life. Accoridng to New York's Film Forum, where "The Beaches of Agnes" will open Wednesday, July 1, the film focuses on this early ...

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    Are we fighting to preserve a business or an artform? Introducing iW's cinemadaily.

    Last week I posted, on Twitter and Facebook, that I was "contemplating the increasingly striking tension between art and industry." That comment came after a lengthy email exchange with a good friend who was reacting to the recent James Stern keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The rema...

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    cinemadaily | Enemies, Agnes and Indie Godshall

    If the buzz on Twitter is any indication, Michael Mann's "Public Enemies," one of the top trending tweeted topics right now, should be quite popular this weekend. In theaters today, "Enemies" is one of two new movies from veteran directors joining Agnès Varda'...

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    Fighting The Power: "Do the Right Thing" 20 Years Later

    "1989, the number, another summer," so goes Public Enemy's renowned rap anthem.

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