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    Filmmaker Laura Poitras' Work Rewarded With a Pulitzer Prize

    The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today. Among the winners was work led by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, who worked with both winning publications, The Washington Post and The Guardian, for their stories on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked the documents th...

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    20 Years After Rwandan Genocide, Keep the Memory of the Victims Alive By Watching 'Kinyarwanda'

    Twenty years ago, one million Rwandans were killed in one of the worst genocides in recorded history. The sheer magnitude of the horrors committed are nearly impossible to fathom. How can you adequately pay tribute to the lives lost in one of mankind's worst transgressions?

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    San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of 2014 Documentary Film Fund

    Earlier today the San Francisco Film Society announced the three winners for the 2014 Documentary Film Fund. Over $75,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners' for their feature-length documentary's in post-production.

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    7 Tips for Documentary Filmmakers from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

    At the 17th Full Frame Documentary Festival, top programming executives as well as funding specialists shared advice with attendees about how to get funded and go the distance in today’s competitive documentary environment.

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    Remembering Kurt Cobain: Watch 'Kurt & Courtney' For Free on 20th Anniversary of His Death

    Twenty years ago on Saturday, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in the Seattle house he shared with his wife, Courtney Love. It was ostensibly a suicide scene—there was a letter, and Kurt had shot himself—so the Seattle Police did not conduct a hearty investigation. The music world mourned...

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    Attention Documentary Filmmakers: Here Are 10 Upcoming Deadlines for Grants in Support of Documentary Filmmaking

    For documentary filmmakers looking for funding, here are a list of organizations offering grants with deadlines approaching. Funding is for both international filmmakers and those in a specific region, as well as for various stages of production and outreach.

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    Attention Filmmakers: Sundance Institute and TED Now Offering Hefty Filmmaking Prize

    More filmmaking opportunities are coming out of the Sundance Institute, as the famed organization has now joined forces with TED to award the Sundance Institute I TED Prize Filmmaker Award, which will provide a large sum of money to an exceptional visionary filmmaker who will be tasked with creating...

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    Will You See This Movie? 'Rolling Papers' Tells the Story of Colorado's Ever-Changing Path to Marijuana Normalization

    Do you get high? Well, now you can do it legally in Colorado. Legalization has opened a Pandora’s box of cultural, economic, and political issues, most of which are still developing, far from any tangible conclusion. Essentially, Colorado is a guinea pig in a social experiment. And now, there’s a te...

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    'Jodorowsky's Dune' Director Frank Pavich on 2,000 Defecating Extras and How 'Dune' Became Part of the Cosmic Consciousness

    There are plenty of fascinating unrealized projects from great directors – Sergio Leone's "Stalingrad," Martin Scorsese's "Dino," and David Lynch's "Ronnie Rocket" among them – but few as unlikely and bizarre as Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune." Frank Herbert's beloved sci-fi novel was eventually adapt...

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    Hot Docs Announces 2014 Forum Projects

    Hot Docs has announced the 19 projects that will be pitched during this year's Hot Docs Forum, a major North American market for the international documentary community.

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