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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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    SXSW: How A Drug Lord's Arrest Changed The Ending of 'The Legend of Shorty'

    What happens when you've made a documentary about the search for an infamous drug lord – Public Enemy #1 -- and the authorities capture him right after you finish your film? If you're filmmakers Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdós, you quickly re-edit the documentary so that it's up-to-date when it ...

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    Want to Launch a Social Impact Doc? This is Why You Need an App for That.

    With "Look Up!" a short documentary intended to raise awareness about climate manipulation, geoengineering and their health and environmental impacts, director George Barnes created a mobile app to spur audiences to action.

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    Hot Docs Announces First Titles For 2014 Festival

    Hot Docs has just announced the 14 documentary features that will make up this year's Special Presentations program. The selected films are a combination of international and world premieres, recent festival award winners, and works by "master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects."

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    Turning The Lamb of God Documentary 'As The Palaces Burn' Into a Special Event

    through an innovative release strategy via Philadelphia-based digital distributor Specticast, the new documentary "As the Palaces Burn" about heavy metal band Lamb of God, will screen in over 400 theaters around the world.

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    Attention, Filmmakers: PBS' POV Hackathon is Expanding to the West Coast

    Already well-situated in New York, PBS's acclaimed non-fiction series 'POV' is now adding a Hackathon lab in Los Angeles. POV Hackathon is a competition that invites filmmakers, new-media artists, multimedia journalists and Web developers to collaborate with designers and developers to create progra...

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    SnagFilms Movie of the Week: Watch the Heavy Metal Doc Beloved by Nirvana

    This week we're featuring the 1986 documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" because, well, it's about a bunch of heavy metal fans tailgating a Maryland concert venue. Not to mention the fact that the now cult film was reportedly a favorite on Nirvana's tour bus. That's Nirvana, arguably one of the grea...

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