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    TIFF Expresses Concern over Disappearance of Syrian Filmmaker Nyrabia: 'Filmmakers Must Be Allowed to Express Themselves'

    The Toronto International Film Festival has expressed concern over the arrest of Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, who was detained by security services loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Damascus airport on August 23...

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    2012 NYFF Preview: Doc/Fiction 'Kinshasa Kids' (Journey Of Disowned "Witch" Kids in Congolese Capital )

    The Belgium/France "documentary/fiction hybrid" Kinshasa Kids, set in the capital of Congo, is slated to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).

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  • Criticwire
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    Weekend Reel Reads: Mailer, Kael and Ruiz

    This week's collection features a consideration of the films of Norman Mailer, a tribute to the prose style of Pauline Kael and a closer look at how Raul Ruiz' final film came to fruition.

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    Tribeca Film Institute Awards New Media Grants

    The Tribeca Film Institute announces the grant recipients for its second annual TFI New Media Fund. The grants are designed for an assortment of interactive, non-fiction, transmedia projects, and range from $50K to $100K apiece, with funding effective immediately. List of recipients below.

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    Preview: Doc 'The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America'

    Screening at the New York Film Festival this October as part of the fest's "On The Arts" Special Events, the Swing-era feature documentary The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America, follows the short life of drummer Chick Webb, who suffered from Spinal Tuberculosi...

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    Side By Side—movie review

    I never expected Keanu Reeves to be my guide to the history of digital filmmaking, but that’s the role he plays as producer and host of the vital documentary Side by Side, written and directed by Chris Kenneally. It opens theatrically today in Los Angeles, with New York and other cities to fol...

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    'Side by Side': Keanu Reeves Talks Film vs. Digital Divide with Cameron, Fincher and More [Clips, Q & A with Director Chris Kenneally]

    With "Side by Side," producer/interviewer Keanu Reeves and director Chris Kenneally decided to document the film industry's radical change and transformation. "We had questions that we wanted answers to and decided to go out and ask the great artists and technicians involved in moviemaking," says Ke...

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    Queen Concert Pic 'Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest '86,' from Freddie Mercury's Last Tour, Will Rock the Big Screen

    Screenvision will be bringing Queen to the big screen with "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86," a concert doc with footage originally filmed 26 years ago at their gigantic show in Hungary. This show was part of the famous Magic Tour, the last tour for the band with late lead singer Fred...

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    Watch: Engaging, Inspiring Trailer For AIDS Documentary 'How To Survive A Plague'

    While certainly a considerable threat to this day, it's easy to forget how massively destructive the country's AIDS epidemic was in the 1980s -- and how little politicians and health administrations did to curb it. Refusing to let go without a fight, a collective of Greenwich Village activists forme...

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