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    Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Maidentrip' Chronicles Teen Laura Dekker's Record-Breaking Sail Around the World

    Check out this exclusive clip from Jillian Schlesinger's SXSW documentary "Maidentrip," following Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo.

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    Drafthouse Films Nabs 'A Band Called Death,' Documentary on Lost and Reborn '70s Punk Group

    Drafthouse Films has taken North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's documentary "A Band Called Death," chronicling the rise to cult stardom of '70s African-American proto-punk trio Death almost 30 years after the release of their forgotten demo tape. The film will screen at SXSW (Marc...

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    Trailer Watch: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey - Directed by Ramona S. Diaz

    Ramona S. Diaz's documentary Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the story of Arnel Pineda, a Filipino man who through being discovered on YouTube became the new lead singer of the band Journey. Pineda must navigate a new life, the pressure of replacing an iconic lead si...

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    Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Chosen as Oscar-Qualifying in Documentary Short Category

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been selected as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This decision follows a recent similar decision by the Producers Guild.

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    Watch: 1 Hour Documentary On Belle & Sebastian's 'If You're Feeling Sinister' Plus Trailer For Silkworm Doc 'Couldn't You Wait?'

    If you came-of-age in the '90s, you might be feeling a huge wave of nostalgia these days. It seems every act from decade, no matter how small or marginal, is reuniting for tours, reissuing albums and are generally taking one last run at fame. And two more bands from the decade are ready to work ...

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    Why 'Searching for Sugar Man' is a Slam Dunk for the Documentary Oscar

    There are few reasons to envy the membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but there have probably been times when the Academy hierarchy has turned an envious eye upon the HFPA’s policy regarding the Golden Globe for Best Documentary: Namely, that there isn’t one. If one thinks of Osca...

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    Trailer Watch: Nine for IX

    This totally made my day. As a big women's sports fan here are NINE short films about women's sports directed by women. Executive producer Robin Roberts (who returned to Good Morning America yesterday after a 5 month absence to treat a rare blood disorder) recruited some great film directors...

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    UPDATED '5 Broken Cameras' Oscar Contender Detained En Route to Oscars, Issues Statement: "Example of what my people face every day"

    Emad Burnat, co-director of "5 Broken Cameras," has issued a statement about his and his family's detention at LAX en route to the Oscars:

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    ESPN Films Launches 'Nine for IX': Nine Stories from 14 Women Filmmakers on Women in Sports [TRAILER]

    This summer, ESPN will host a series of films called "Nine for IX" - nine documentaries about women in sports, all directed by women filmmakers, named for the Title IX amendment. ESPN Films and espnW announced the series at a lunch in New York earlier today. "Nine for IX" will take the format of E...

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    Making Sense of Sundance Documentaries - Thom Powers on the Sundance Market, Sales, Distribution, Pickups on Docus

    Thom Powers is a friend of ours in the business and amazes us by his acumen, generosity, range of activities and devotion to what many of us consider the most frequently relevant, creative and earth changing form of feature length cinema - the documentary.

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