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    The Pitches That Get Documentaries Funded

    There are a few key factors in successfully pitching documentary projects. Doing it right puts filmmakers on the radars of some of the most important and influential decisionmakers; done badly and you risk leaving empty-handed.

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    Project of the Day: Taking a "Barge" Down the Mississippi

    "Barge" tells the history of the United States through the eyes of workers on the Mississippi River.

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    The Project of the Week is "Bending Steel"

    The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded a consultation from the Sundance Institute.

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    Project of the Day: Unwelcome Gay Rights Pioneer, Pornographer Chuck Holmes in "Seed Money"

    Project of the Day: Unwelcome Gay Rights Pioneer, Pornographer Chuck Holmes in "Seed Money"

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    Doug Liman, Josh Fox, Yoav Potash and More Awarded Doc Film Grants From Sundance

    The Sundance Institute announced the 29 lucky feature-length documentaries set to receive $582,000 in grants from the Documentary Film Program, covering everything from development and production to audience engagement. Among the big-name filmmakers being awarded grants are Josh Fox ("...

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    Congrats to "The Methuselah Generation," This Week's Project of the Week - UPDATED

    Thanks to your votes, "The Methuselah Generation," the 3-D documentary about four people in pursuit of science-derived immortality, won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest! Congratulations to co-directors Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado. The filmmaker will receive a dig...

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    Project of the Day: Ryan Baxter, Professional Reenactor

    A college student begins to document the lives of cable television reenactment actors and uncovers Ryan Baxter, a "reenactor" committed to putting his own spin on history. Looking over him is Gil, the angst-ridden director of Ryan's misadventures, who spends more time trying to corral Ryan's histori...

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    Project of the Day: Friendship Drama in "Corliss and Citizen"

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    Vote for Project of the Week: "Undead" Western, "Apartment," Living Forever, or "Bending Steel"

    Vote for Project of the Week: "Undead" Western, "Apartment," Living Forever, or "Bending Steel"

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    Will You See This Movie? Paranoia, Guns and "Training for the Apocalypse"

    After making "Training for the Apocalypse," director Rob VanAlkemade now has four killing knives, 34 books on disaster and a hand-crank radio.

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