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    Stream Them Now: Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Celebrates DOC NYC with New York Stories

    With a week of DOC NYC kicking off tonight, Indiewire's latest curated selections for Hulu's Documentaries page spotlights past films with indelible New York characters. Watch these and other docs now for free!

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    Watch: 'Pandora's Promise' Filmmaker On Support From the Tech World

    It is not a widely held dogma that nuclear power is the answer to the worldwide energy crisis. But this is precisely the argument that drives "Pandora’s Promise," a new film by environmentalist and former anti-nuclear champion Robert Stone. His latest project stands in stark contrast to his first fi...

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    'Blood Brother' Director Steve Hoover Pens Open-Letter Addressing Christian Propaganda Accusations

    Recently, however, it seems the good nature surrounding "Blood Brother" has been replaced with hostile accusations that Braat and Hoover were in the country on not so much a selfless mission, as a Christian one.

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    How to Make a Doc about Your Family While Keeping Your Sanity

    Shawney Cohen, the director of "The Manor," which will screen at DOC NYC, provides tips on how to make a personal documentary without losing your sanity.

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    How Do We Measure the Impact of Documentaries?: Data from the Puma Impact Award Nominees

    In the world of social issue filmmaking, great work is being done in linking films to real-world issues that need attention. But at the same time, more and more pressure is being placed on filmmakers to prove that their film is making real-world impact. The jurors for this year's Puma Impact Award ...

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    Filmmakers, There's Still a Chance for You to Be a Part of Spitfire's Ambitious Crowdsourced Documentary Contest

    Tongal, the company that has made a name for itself by encouraging the production of television and moving image web commercials through crowdsourcing ideas and production, is onto the next step of its partnership with Oscar-winning production company Spitfire Pictures. Spitfire Pictures is the doc...

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    'Strongman' Director on Making Sure His 2009 Slamdance Winner Wasn't a 'Disposable Art Film' and Taking It to the iTunes Top 10

    Zachary Levy brought his film "Strongman" to the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, where it ended up taking home the award for Best Documentary. From there, it had screenings at high profile fests like Hot Docs and SXSW, but never got a traditional distribution deal -- so Levy took it upon himself to g...

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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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