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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'The Queen Of Versailles' Is A Bundle Of Sarcastic Laughs With A Little Heart Thrown In

    “The Queen of Versailles” lives up to the dual meaning of its title. The documentary, directed by Lauren Greenfield, follows Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children – one of the wealthiest families in America – as they task themselves with building the largest home i...

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    Sundance Institute Chooses Documentary Edit and Story Lab Participants

    The Sundance Institute has chosen 24 fellows representing nine films to participate in the 2012 Documentary Edit and Story Labs taking place this June and July at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The nine-day labs bring rising filmmakers together with experienced editors and directors to assist and spee...

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    Gucci Tribeca 2012 Documentary Fund Winners Are Full of Women Filmmakers

    Marking its fifth year of grants The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci today announced the 2012 recipients of the $150,000 of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Included in these grants are the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity & Rights Spotlighting Women Documentary Award...

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    Review: 'Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present' Is A Good But Conventional Doc On An Unconventional Artist

    In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramović had the attention of everybody, from snobby Manhattanites to Fox News. Her work (which includes a nude couple standing in a busy doorway; exactly what sent the latter into rage) was to be recreated by a number of assistants selected by the artist herself ...

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    Guest Post: The Pioneering Women of the Photo League

    One of many gratifying aspects about making Ordinary Miracles was the opportunity it afforded to identify and celebrate the contributions made by an impressive number of extravagantly gifted female photographers who joined the Photo League or sat in on its lectures and used its darkrooms. Curator Ca...

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    Meet the LAFF Filmmakers #6: 'Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives' Directors Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore

    "Birth Story" co-directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore have both made documentaries before; Lamm directed "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" and Wigmore tackled Ashtanga yoga founder Sri K. Pattabni in "Ashtanga, NY." They're also both mothers and say that in order to...

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    Trailer Watch: Doc 'The United States of Hoodoo' Explores Africa's Spiritual Influence on America's Culture

    Trailer Watch: Doc 'The United States of Hoodoo' Explores Africa's Spiritual Influence on America's Culture

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    'Tahrir: Liberation Square' Director Stefano Savona Talks Egypt, New Projects, Michael Moore & More

    Media coverage for the Arab Spring has slowed down in recent months, but that doesn't mean things in the Middle East have settled down. Egypt, for example, is facing election woes, and the President they toppled more than a year ago has just been given a verdict for his various crimes.

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    SIFF Review: 'The Savoy King' Celebrates Harlem Jazz Drummer Chick Webb

    “Music is a universal combiner," says Dr. Muriel Petioni, the mother of Harlem medicine, in the first few measures of Jeff Kaufman’s spirited window into the culture of the Harlem music and dance movement in the 1920’s and '30’s. This is a perfect descriptor for "The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the M...

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    Netflix Picks: Doc On 'Carmen & Geoffrey' - Dance Icons Of The African Diaspora

    I’ve been missing out not knowing much about the work of these two tremendous artists, icons I shall say, of what we regard today as modern dance.

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