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    Zeitgeist Acquires "Bill Cunningham, New York"

    Zeitgeist Films has just acquired Richard Press' doc "Bill Cunningham, New York," which was opening night film of this year's New Directors/New Films. Produced by Philip Gefter, the film depicts Cunningham, the 80 year old New York Times photographer and unlikely man-about-town who is obsessively i...

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    Arthouse Films Takes Fiennes' Doc "Grass Will Grow" For USA

    Arthouse Films and New Video have announced that they have acquired all US rights to Sophie Fiennes' feature length documentary film "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow." Focusing about German artist Anselm Kiefer, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

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    Banksy, "Waste Land" Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees

    The International Documentary Association has announced the nominees for the 2010 IDA Documentary Awards today, with Banksy's "Exit Through The Gift Shop," Laura Poitras' "The Oath," Joonas Berghaell and Mika Hotakainen's "Steam of Life," Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's 'Sweetgrass," and ...

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: Halloween Edition

    Like last week's selections, our curated Hulu Documentaries this week are also inspired by Halloween - some more loosely, others directly related to the holiday and the dark figures it celebrates. This group of films features both more recent productions as well as some classics, and takes as their ...

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    For Your Consideration: Could a Documentary Be Nominated For Best Picture?

    When the Academy's best picture list was extended to ten nominees last year, one of the potential bright sides many folks noted was the new opportunity the Oscars had to include types of films that rarely - if ever - made the big lineup. Namely, the big three of Oscar under-representation: Foreign l...

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    REVIEW | Ego vs. Altruism: Turning Trash Into Art in "Waste Land"

    Lucy Walker's "Waste Land" amounts to a cinematic round of applause for altruism. Using a conventional blend of talking heads and verité, Walker follows Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz to his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where he created the traveling exhibit "Pictures of Garbage" out of material f...

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    N. American & World Docs Join IDFA 2010 Competitions

    [Editor's Note: This story has been updated with IDFA's opening film.]: "Position Among the Stars" (Stand van de sterren) by Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich will open the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on November 17, kicking off the 11 - day event. The film, which fo...

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: Subcultural Portraits

    Our curation of Hulu's Documentaries page this week is the first of two weeks inspired by Halloween. While the holiday will feature more prominently next week, the films selected this week are a bit more playful - literally, as most of them feature a performative element as they portray individuals ...

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    Springsteen's "Darkness" to Debut at Inaugural Doc NYC; Herzog & Morris Spotlights Added

    Doc NYC unveiled its final slate of films, including the world debut of "Darkness of the Edge of Town," a new concert film with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band slated for the inaugural event on November 4th in New York City. Directed by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Thom Zimny, the film was sho...

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    REVIEW | Sweat Ballet: Frederick Wiseman's "Boxing Gym"

    Boxing matches have been captured on film practically since the birth of the medium, which may explain the primal thrill of Frederick Wiseman's "Boxing Gym." The legendary documentarian's latest portrait takes place in Lord's Gym, the scrappy Austin establishment run by former professional boxer Ric...

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