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    Sundance 2012: Reviews of "The Other Dream Team," "The Law in These Parts" and "Love Free or Die"

    As a documentary fan and critic who discovered so many great nonfiction films at Sundance last year, including some of 2011’s very best, it’s been extremely painful not being in Park City this week. To make things easier I could have tried to ignore the festival, stayed off Twitter, not ...

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    Sundance Deal Update: 'Simon Killer,' 'Chasing Ice,' 'The Pact'

    With many of the biggest buyers heading home with depleted wallets, smaller deals are playing out. IFC Films is in final talks to acquire "Simon Killer," a psychological drama; this is IFC's second acquisition after writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts."

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    Slamdance 2012: Alexandra Berger Talks “Danland,” Finding a Narrative in Verite Style and Being a Woman Documenting the Porn Industry

    One of the highlights at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival is the documentary "Danland," which follows the romantic pursuits of a well-known producer and star of amateur pornography. The film begins with this man, ‘Porno’ Dan Leal, on his wedding day, but we can’t...

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    FIRST LOOK: 'No Room for Rockstars' Music Doc Captures the Wild, Weird, World of Warped Tour

    "No Room for Rockstars" premiered at Slamdance on January 22. Then it will play one night on Cinedigm digital screens across the country, on March 1, 2012.

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    Sundance 2012: Top Online Shorts "Long Distance Information" and "The Debutante Hunters"

    All of the nine shorts Yahoo and the Sundance Film Festival have put on the web are pretty good. It’s an impressive crop, and I’d say more consistent than a lot of the stuff festivals have put online in the last year. Yet in any batch of films a few rise to the top. I’ve rounded up...

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    Sundance Video: Interview with Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - Directors of Finding North

    I caught up with 'Finding North' directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush at Sundance 2012. The two shared some great advice for being female in filmland, and reveal why an all-woman crew can sometimes get stuff that others can't. Their strong advocacy documentary "Finding N...

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    Which Documentaries Could Be Remade as Narrative Films?

    It doesn’t happen that often, but sometimes documentaries are adapted, or remade, into narrative films. That’s what we call the fully dramatized versions anyway, ignoring the fact that docs have narratives too. Past examples include Werner Herzog’s "Little Dieter Needs to Fly,...

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    Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

    Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.

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    Two Women Directed Films Get Deals

    Magnolia PIctures has picked up the documentary Queen of Versailles by Lauren Greenfield. Here's the description: the film "tells the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple who began building the largest home in America before the housing crash put the couple's fortune in jeopardy....

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    Trailer Watch: Doc "Pelotero" (Baseball Player), Dominican Players Try To Achieve Big League Dreams

    Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival late in the month, the 72-min documentary Pelotero, directed by Guagua Productions (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley) and narrated by John Leguizamo, is set in the Dominican Republican, where some kids begin baseball training at a youn...

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