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Filmmaker Toolkit: Documentaries

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    Alex Gibney On How Being Deceived By Lance Armstrong Led to 'The Armstrong Lie'

    Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is known for going after big fish such as the Catholic Church (“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”), Enron (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) and the United States Military (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), but when he was tapped to make a film on Lance A...

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    BRITDOC Reboots Troubled Production on M.I.A. Documentary, Featuring Spike Jonze and Kanye West

    In July, we reported that production on the feature M.I.A. documentary, directed by her frequent collaborator Steve Loveridge, had stalled due to legal entanglements between the two parties. Well, as of today, the project is up and running again, now that British non-profit BRITDOC has come aboard t...

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    What Are the Ethics Behind Documentary Recreations?

    On the second of its inaugural three days, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI)/A&E Films Feature Documentary Storytelling Workshop at the newly opened Made in NY Media Center by IFP turned its discerning eye to the issue of recreations in a form that presupposes a measured degree of honesty.

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    Tribeca Film Institute and A+E Launch Feature Documentary Workshop

    The Tribeca Film Institute announced a new workshop for filmmakers in partnership with A+E Films. Called the TFI/A+E Films Feature Doc Storytelling Workshop, the three-day program will provide five filmmaking teams help with their theatrically-minded documentary projects in development.

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    Watch: Lucy Walker and Snowboarder Kevin Pearce Knew 'The Crash Reel' Would Touch Millions

    Kevin Pearce was a strong hopeful for the 2010 Olympic US Snowboarding Team when a slight miscalculation in his cab double cork trick left him facedown on a halfpipe in Park City, Utah. The massive blow to the area above his left eye rendered him unconscious, causing the onsite medics to order an ai...

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    Watch: 'Dirty Wars' Director Richard Rowley Explains How to Tell a Global Story Though One Journalist

    After spending a few years embedded in the Afghan press corps, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill knew that his privileged and protected position was causing him to miss out on the real stories in the war on terror. Deciding to unembed and push himself into a grey area, he understood that he wo...

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    Host a Screening of 'Blood Brother' Through Tugg and Help Kids

    "Blood Brother," the acclaimed documentary about one man's trip to India and how it changed his life, as well as the lives of children at an orphanage there, will be coming to theaters around the country this month. Even if it's not playing in your town, you can see the movie -- it will air on PBS i...

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    Check Out 'The Empire Project:' An Interactive Documentary Making Its World Premiere at the NYFF Convergence

    "Empire," the new project from the transatlantic filmmaking team of Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill, is a perfect example of true interactivity and transmedia storytelling.

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    6 Reasons University Screenings are Valuable for Indie Filmmakers

    As indie filmmakers often focus on developing a resume of the most impressive film festivals and focus their theatrical campaigns on their biggest markets, universities provide a unique opportunity to provide filmmakers opportunities they miss if they don't entertain the possibility of screening for...

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    How 'Good 'Ol Freda' Director Ryan White Turned A Home Movie Into A Theatrical Release (Hint: Beatles Music)

    We recently interviewed the "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White about how he got involved with the project, what he expected from the film – and how it exceeded his expectations.

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