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    Watch Now: PBS POV Short Cuts Doc 'The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Solider of the Civil Rights Movement'

    An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the 2012 Oscar-nominated short film The Barber of Birmingham, is now streaming in its entirety on the PBS site for a limited time.

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    Watch Touching Preview for Doc 'We of the Saya' About Marginalized Afro-Bolivian Community

    The Bolivian feature documentary We of the Saya (Nosotros los de la Saya) successfully completed its funding via Kickstarter last month. Directed/produced by Sisa Bueno of Dominican and Cuban descent, the doc follows a marginalized Afro-Bolivian community led by a farmer with political aspirations t...

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    What the Sikhs Taught Me

    Several years ago, Press Play Editor in Chief Kevin B. Lee produced a video documenting hate crimes against the Sikh American community in the aftermath of 9/11. That video, "Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity" has been circulating in the wake of the mass shootings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last Sunday....

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    Spike Lee to Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Award at Venice Film Fest

    Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

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    Guest Post: Dreams in New York

    As the producer of British filmmaker Carol Morley’s films to date and an ex-New Yorker now based in London, I’m thrilled Dreams of a Life is getting a hometown viewing.

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    Steve James' Sports Doc 'Head Games' Coming to Theaters this September [Trailer]

    Steve James' documentary "Head Games" has been acquired by Variance Films for a September 21 release. James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") looks at the concussion crisis in American sports, and asks the question, “How much of you are you willing to lose f...

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    Women Directed Additions to Toronto 2012 Lineup

    The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out 60 additional titles today. Here are some of the women directed films in the documentary and vanguard programs. (All Synopses from the TIFF press releases)

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    SPC Takes Rights to Israel Secret Service Documentary 'The Gatekeepers'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Dror Moreh's documentary "The Gatekeepers" for North American distribution, following its premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. In the film, Moreh interviews six former heads of Israel's Shin Betadds.

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    First Look: DocuWeek's Untold 9/11 Story of Cantor Fitzgerald, 'Out of the Clear Blue Sky'

    From August 10-16, Danielle Gardner's 9/11 documentary “Out of the Clear Blue Sky,” a behind-the-scenes, intimate story of the devastation of 9/11, will screen at DocuWeeks 2012. The film delves into the untold story of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that occupied the top five floors of the W...

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