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    Photographic Memory—movie review

    Ross McElwee made his reputation with a highly original film called 'Sherman’s March' and has continued to draw on his family history in such low-key, first-person features as 'Bright Leaves'. His latest effort, 'Photographic Memory', is another cinematic diary which follows two separate but related...

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    NYFF Review: 'Leviathan' An Otherworldly Peek At A Life At Sea

    Every sound in “Leviathan” is a shuddering staccato. Every visual wears darkness like a cloak. With absolutely no context, there’s no awareness of what’s up or down. When it is promoted, the ads will suggest “Leviathan” is a documentary, and a scan of the press notes will reveal exactly where the fi...

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    Led Zeppelin Reunite to Discuss Their New Concert Doc 'Celebration Day,' and Dispel Reunion Tour Rumors

    The latest Led Zeppelin concert documentary, "Celebration Day," was screened at the Museum of Modern Art on October 8, followed by a press conference with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham. The film documents the band's 2007 reunion at the O2 Arena in London, ...

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    Academy Narrows 2013 Documentary Short Race To Eight Films

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations. Voters from the Academy's Documentary Branch viewed this yea...

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    David Lynch Documentary 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace' to Premiere in New York City

    "Meditation, Creativity, Peace," a documentary that follows David Lynch on a 16-country tour throughout Europe, Israel and Brazil, will premiere on Oct. 13 and 18 in New York City. The film allows audiences an exclusive look at Lynch's craft through his lectures at top international fi...

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    DCTV to Build Documentary-Only Movie Theater in Lower Manhattan

    Documentary film lovers rejoice: Downtown Community Television Center has plans to build a 73-seat docs-only movie theater inside the organization’s headquarters at Lafayette and White Street in Lower Manhattan. Supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, construction is sch...

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    Review: 'Escape Fire' Paints A Portrait Of A Broken System & A Hopeful, Humanist Solution

    "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" opens with an anecdotal analogy that initially seems kind of out of place in a documentary about health care systems. Dr. Don Berwick relates how a firefighter, while combatting an out of control forest fire, chose to set a fire around him in or...

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    Searching For Sugar Man—movie review

    I know I’m late to the party, but I only recently caught up with 'Searching for Sugar Man', which debuted to great acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has built a steady following ever since. Its protagonist is even being profiled on '60 Minutes' this Sunday.

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    Hamptons Film Fest Review: 'Decoding Deepak' Is A Warm & Fuzzy (But Not Exactly Illuminating) Look At A Beloved Guru

    The first few moments of the mercifully brief "Decoding Deepak" (it runs a scant 74 minutes) promise something intriguing. In the opening few scenes, the movie teases a look at Deepak Chopra, the spiritual advisor and self-help guru who has written something like sixty books and helped lead the rich...

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    Ken Burns Responds to City of New York Subpoena of 'Central Park Five' Materials

    Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns (upon whose book the film is based) and David McMahon, responded to the subpoena Wednesday by stating that it has long been expected but that they intend to invoke their constitutional and statutory rights to withhold the materials.

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