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    Is Michael Moore Right About Documentary Filmmakers? Documentary Filmmakers Respond

    Michael Moore thinks documentaries need to stop lecturing so much and be more entertaining. Is he right? We reached out to a selection of documentary directors to get their responses to Moore's controversial keynote at the recent Doc Conference at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Michael Moore's 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

    During his keynote at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference, Michael Moore shared his advice to documentary filmmakers, beginning with the notion that they shouldn't be called documentarians at all. "We are not documentarians, we are filmmakers," he told the crowd at ...

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    Here's the Story Behind The Powerful Documentary 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost for Life'

    Following its recent top-selling iTunes debut and as part of a 57-countries broadcast schedule, "Kids Behind Bars: Lost for Life" makes its U.S. broadcast premiere on Monday, September 1 at 9pm ET/8pm CT, exclusively on Lifetime Movie Network. Indiewire recently spoke to the film's director about th...

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    Here's How Working with a Brand Can Help Your Film Get Made

    To help launch its "Sports Matter" initiative, Dick’s Sporting Goods teamed up with Tribeca Digital Studios to make "We Could Be King," a documentary about two rival Philadelphia high schools that, due to drastic budget cuts, are forced to merge. In a guest post, the film's director, Judd Ehrlich, e...

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    How to Make a Documentary in North Korea Without Being Hassled

    Soon-Mi Yoo's feature debut, "Songs from the North," which aims to shed some light on the people of North Korea, was awarded the award for Best First Feature at the recent Locarno International Film Festival. Her very personal documentary essay stands out even in a festival as diverse and open to ex...

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    Attention Filmmakers: Sundance Institute is Bringing New Documentary ShortsLab to Los Angeles

    The Sundance Institute's inaugural short-form documentary lab will take place at the Cinefamily on September 13.

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    Here's How This First-Time Feature Director Found the Right 'Star' for Her Documentary

    In a guest post, first-time feature director Ava Warbrick explains why she was compelled to make a documentary about world championship surfer Stephanie Gilmore.

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    Reality Checks: The Challenges of Toronto's Documentary Market

    The upcoming Toronto International Film Festival contains a lot of promising non-fiction films. But will they get the attention they deserve?

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    How to Shoot a Crotch-Grabbing Bank Robber: Talking to the Directors of ‘The Dog’

    While "The Dog," the new documentary co-directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is ostensibly about the bank robber immortalized by Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Academy Award-winning "Dog Day Afternoon," the real story is so much more.

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    Director Tracy Droz Tragos Compares Sundance-Winning 'Rich Hill' with 'Boyhood'

    At first glance, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," the narrative film which follows a boy (Ellar Coltrane) as he comes of age over a period of twelve years, and the new documentary "Rich Hill," about poverty in rural Missouri, have little in common, but director Tracy Droz Tragos can see the parallels.

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