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    Hollywood Rites of Passage, from Redford and Smith to Siegal and Geffen

    It was an odd day, bookended by two events that drew together an amazing swath of Hollywood's older generation. I saw CAA partner Bryan Lourd, DreamWorks' Marvin Levy, and Sundance's Michelle Satter at both events, and while the Lois Smith memorial in the morning and Peggy Siegal-wrangled PBS docume...

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    The Spoils: Does DOC NYC's Short List Program Help or Hinder Academy Voting on Documentaries?

    New York City’s DOC NYC Festival comes to a close Thursday, and woven in among the films in the official program are ten movies highlighted with an unmistakable wink to the Academy: they are part of a sidebar called The Short List. And while Thom Powers, head programmer for DOC NYC, slyly deni...

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    Oscilloscope is 'Dying To Do Letterman' for North American Audiences

    Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Joke Fincioen’s and Biagio Messina’s "Dying to do Letterman." The documentary follows comedian Steve Mazan who was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer and decided to dedicate his life to fulfilling his dream of performing standup on "The La...

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    Pushing Boundaries In The State of Denmark: CPH:DOX Turns 10

    It's a big year when it comes to anniversaries for documentary film festivals. The grand daddy of European doc fests -- the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) -- officially kicks off its 25th edition tomorrow. But last week another European documentary festival celebrated an imp...

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    Veterans Day News: The Invisible War Inspires Creation of Program To Treat Military Sexual Assault Victims

    Last week in LA, in a star studded event to celebrate the DVD release of The Invisible War that included Senator Barbara Boxer, the filmmakers and executive producers launched a new program that was inspired by the film to treat people who have experienced military sexual assault.

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    'My Amityville Horror' Doc Picked Up By IFC Midnight and SundanceNOW

    IFC Midnight has acquired all U.S. rights to the documentary “My Amityville Horror” in partnership with subscriber VOD destination SundanceNOW. Directed by Eric Walter, “Amityville” will have its New York premiere at the DOC NYC Festival Saturday, Nov. 10.

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    Doc NYC Review: 'Persistence of Vision' Is A Heartbreaking Account Of A Thwarted Animated Masterpiece

    When Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis needed a team to provide animation for their ambitious hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," they didn't turn to their own team at Disney Feature Animation who, with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," singlehandedly invented the animated feature (and was respon...

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    Trailer Watch: Mel on Mel in HBO's 'Mel Brooks Strikes Back!'

    Check out the new trailer for HBO's upcoming "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!," a lively extended interview between the legendary comedy writer-director and BBC creative director Alan Yentob. "What was it like growing up as a Jew in Brooklyn?" Yentob asks. Brooks' reply: "I don't think there was anybody bu...

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    Guest Post: Why Make Babies When You Can Just Make Documentaries?

    Being a woman, I was told since I was a teenager, “just wait, it’ll hit you – you’ll suddenly be overcome by the rash, ridiculous desire to have kids.” This was presented as a certainty. No matter how much you resist, you are destined to do your part to keep the species...

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    DOC NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

    DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken B...

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