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    How Alex Gibney Found Nigerian Superstar Fela Kuti

    Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti provides a fascinating subject for frequent music documentarian Alex Gibney in "Finding Fela," which was well-reviewed at Sundance and opens in theaters Friday via Kino Lorber.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Out Of Print' Reflects On The Future Of 35mm In An Increasing Digital Age

    For the cinephiles of Los Angeles, New Beverly Cinema is not just another historic movie theater but a sacred landmark that celebrates everything that is enriching about 35mm projection. The theater building which dates back to 1920 is one of the oldest revival cinemas in the nation and, since 1978,...

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    SnagFilms Free Movie of the Week: 'Wakaliwood' Uncovers an Action Studio in the Slums of Uganda

    SnagFilms' free movie of the week "Wakaliwood: The Documentary" chronicles Ben Barenholtz's journey to the slums of Walkaliga, Uganda.

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    Sight & Sound Lists the Top 50 Documentaries of All Time: 'The Man with a Movie Camera,' 'Sans Soleil' and More

    The films that demonstrate the formal possibilities of documentaries.

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    LatinoBuzz: Interview with 'Underwater Dreams' Filmmaker Mary Mazzio

    LatinoBuzz got to see “Underwater Dreams” written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña. It is a beautiful story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And then go on to defeat engineering powerhouse MIT ...

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    Sundance Award-Winning Rich Hill Director Tracy Droz Tragos on the Injustice of Rural Poverty and How Motherhood Can Open Doors to Documentarians

    "We saw how many families were living on so very little and truly struggling, [and] we wanted to give them a voice.”

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    The Downside of Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

    What do documentary filmmakers think of measuring the social impact of their films? In a guest post for Indiewire, Alison Byrne Fields answers that question.

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    Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

    The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documenta...

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    Cruising With George Takei

    Leave it to George Takei to host a Trans-Atlantic premiere of the film about his life on a glamorous cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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    Why Documentarian Alex Gibney Made a Movie About the Life of Fela Kuti

    Director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") took on "Finding Fela," an immersive portrait of the life of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, by combining recently re-found footage with a recounting of the Broadway production "Fela!." Gibney's latest d...

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