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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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    Review: 'Gerhard Richter Painting' An Uneven Portrait Of Process & Fame

    If one were to compare Corinna Belz's "Gerhard Richter Painting" to music documentaries, it would fall somewhere between Sam Jones' "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" and Grant Gee's "Meeting People Is Easy." Eschewing the standard biographical framework, the film instead offers up a slice-of-life lo...

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    Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' Charts The Rise Of A Multimedia Artist

    If you were not familiar with the multimedia artist Ai Weiwei, the title of the new documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” would almost seem like a countercultural taunt, perhaps with a hip-hop undercurrent. The reference is apt in regards to his art, which is at turns edgy agitprop and charmingly che...

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    Michael Moore Finally Makes His Post-Aurora Case

    When Michael Moore is uncharacteristically quiet--in the face of the Aurora, Colorado atrocity that plays right into his America-is-violent wheelhouse, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning doc "Bowling for Columbine"--you know he's up to something. So it was just a matter of days before he came up ...

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    Sarah Polley's Family Mythology Documentary 'Stories We Tell' to Have Venice Premiere

    Oscar nominee Sarah Polley's new documentary "Stories We Tell," a collaborative project with the National Film Board of Canada, will have its world premiere in the Venice Days program held during the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8).

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    Trailer Watch: Detropia - Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

    This doc opens September 7. More info here.

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    Alex Gibney's Expanding Jigsaw Productions Adds Staff

    With new backing from John Schmidt's Content Media, Alex Gibney's expanding New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions has added Stacey Offman as VP of Development & Production and Dave Snyder as VP of Development.

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    Outfest: Caouette's 'Walk Away Renee' and its Accidental Terrence Malick Moment [Exclusive Clip]

    "Walk Away Renee," Jonathan Caouette's follow-up to his 2003 documentary "Tarnation," debuted at Cannes followed by a long fest run including Toronto, New York and Sundance, and nabbed a Best Documentary nomination at the Indie Spirits. "Walk Away Renee" will show at Los Angeles' Outfest on Saturday...

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    Interview with Lauren Greenfield, Director of Queen of Versailles

    In some ways this movie's subtitle is revenge of the 99%. The film gives you a behind the scenes look of an absurdly wealthy couple -- David and Jackie Siegel-- who are building the largest house in America. 10 kitchens, including a sushi kitchen and a baseball field. Things most people could...

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