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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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    "Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone" Makes Its US Television Debut Tonight On PBS

    Just a few days ago, Tambay announced the documentary that created a buzz on the film festival circuit, Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone, would be released on dvd next month (Feb.21).  Now comes word it will make its television debut tonight on the PBS series AfroPoP at 9:00pm/ET&PT...

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    "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" is a Casual Celebration of the '70s Fashion Designer

    There are few kinds of documentaries I dislike more than the amateur first-person film that pretends to be about a famous person (or persons) but really ends up being primarily about the self-involved director and his or her fandom (or investigative journey). The sort that begin with redundant narra...

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    Interview with Dori Berinstein - Director of Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

    Women and Hollywood: You've been a producer of Broadway shows for a number of years. How did you segue into becoming a documentary filmmaker?

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Red Tails" Watch "Wings for This Man"

    George Lucas is back with his first non-"Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" production in nearly 20 years, and it's a World War II actioner about the African American pilots and crewmen known as the Tuskegee Airmen. If you're already familiar with the history of these heroic men, by all means go see the ...

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    Sundance Trailer Watch: Finding North Directed By Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

    49 million people in the U.S. -- one in four children -- don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who a...

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    Slamdance 2012: Doc Competition Offers Sex, Rebirth and Anonymous

    One thing I began to notice last year is that many documentaries are a bit too long. I think some of this has to do with the desire to be sold as a “true” feature length film, although in this day when VOD, online streams and TV formatting overshadow theatrical for nonfiction distribution and viewer...

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    "Wilmington On Fire," A Documentary Unveiling Major Massacre Of Black Township In NC With Pete Chatmon Producing, Needs Your Help

    Every now and then, I come across projects that send me on a fervent Google search for info and that was the case with filmmaker Christopher Everett's Wilmington On Fire, a documentary in development detailing a little-known, bloody massacre that took place in North Carolina in 1898.

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    Slamdance 2012: "Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story" is an Inspiring Documentary About Our Collaborative Future

    In Bob Bryan’s low-budget 1995 documentary “Graffiti Verite,” L.A. street artist Tony Quan, aka ‘TEMPT,’ talks about how artists in his community feed off each other like jazz musicians. “Graffiti is very communal...very interactive,” he says. A clip of...

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    "The City Dark" Will Make You Scared of the Light

    This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival on March 13, 2011.

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