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    Review: 'Head Games' A Rich, Eye-Opening & In Depth Look At The Concussion Crisis In Sports

    It takes just under twenty minutes in Steve James' riveting documentary "Head Games" until we see a brain getting sliced open. And while that's the lone visually queasy moment in the movie, the startling facts and figures presented in the film may still make your stomach churn. Given that the movie ...

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    Review: 'I'm Carolyn Parker' Tells The Story Of Post-Katrina New Orleans Through The Eyes Of One Resilient Woman

    It has been seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and the impact is still being felt both locally and nationally. The event is still a touchstone for conversations about race, class and government, one that usually pits the haves against the have nots. But in truth, the story o...

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    Review: 'Three Stars' An Interesting Look At What It Takes To Run A Michelin-Starred Restaurant

    The perception of food and how we interact with it in our daily lives is at an interesting crossroads in the media. For the most part, the message of the moment is about keeping things organic and simple, using the best ingredients on hand, sourced locally if at all possible. On the other end of the...

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    Review: Emotional & Inspiring 'How To Survive A Plague' Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of The Year

    It can seem like ancient history to the millenial generation, but many remember the all-too-harrowing realities of the AIDS crisis and the subsequent social movement that arose out of the desperation and fear of imminent death faced by young, vibrant individuals with a fierce will to live. This move...

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    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg Direct Knuckleball

    Who says women can't direct sports movies?  Stern and Sundberg who directed the amazing documentary on Joan Rivers, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work have set their sights now on the world of baseball and the maligned pitchers who are known as knuckleballers.  They get these guys to open up...

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    Documentary Feature Entry Deadline for 2012 Oscars Fast Approaching

    The deadline to submit documentary features (with all paperwork, including legal contracts) in to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards is Monday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. PST.

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    TIFF Review: The Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley's Effective New Documentary

    Toronto loves Sarah Polley. The display of that love was evident last week at the premiere of her first documentary Stories We Tell which held its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. I was able to see the film with an audience rather than at a press screening, and the lov...

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    'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Goes to Tribeca, Features 50 Cent, Sarandon, Eminem, Harrelson & 'The Wire''s David Simon

    Tribeca Film takes US rights to Matthew Cooke's "How to Make Money Selling Drugs." The doc looks at the both sides of the "war on drugs," and includes interviews with 50 Cent, 'The Wire' producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, plus the infamous drug king...

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    TIFF Buys: HBO Docs Takes TV Rights to 'Casting By'; Trapero's 'White Elephant' Goes to Strand

    TV rights to Tom Donahue's "Casting By" have been acquired by HBO Documentary Films, following its premiere at Toronto. The film shines a light on casting directors, the "unsung heroes" of filmmaking, and offers a new perspective on Hollywood history...

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    Black Power Takes Center Stage at TIFF With Angela Davis Documentary

    Sunday, a bit of history was explored here in Toronto. The festival premiered Shola Lynch's documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners in one of its gala slots. For a festival that premieres big Hollywood movies and epic films nightly (especially the first weekend) seeing a documentar...

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