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    Muckraking Journalist Filmmaker Laura Poitras: Ahead of Surveillance Scandal, Making War on Terror Doc with Assange (VIDEO)

    Mark Boal, move over. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is aggressively reporting the National Security Agency surveillance scandal in the international press at the same time that she is filming material for her documentary on the subject, which also includes the participation of WikiLeaks' Julia...

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    Watch: Two Exclusive Clips From Ugandan LGBT Rights Doc 'Call Me Kuchu'

    Specifically focused around LGBT people and LGBT activists in Uganda, the documentary "Call Me Kuchu" (gay and transgendered citizens are called "kuchus" there), directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, centers around the life and tragic death of David Kato, a veteran activi...

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    Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If one had any doubts about the vibrancy of international feminism today, one need only watch the new documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which premieres tonight on HBO to have those doubts fully allayed. The film tells the story of three young women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia) Maria Alyokhina...

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    Just In Time For the Weekend: Here Are the 7 Best Cocktails Served at the 'Hey Bartender' NYC Premiere

    You expect a film premiere party for a documentary titled "Hey Bartender" to serve great drinks -- and in that department the Manhattan bash ahead of its theatrical bow today didn't disappoint. Held at the Experimental Cocktail Club on the Lower East Side, a crew of super savvy bartenders served up ...

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    Review: 'Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie' Charts the Rise and Fall of One of TV's Most Controversial Figures

    When he was a teenager in Edison, N.J., Daniel Miller’s friends used to pile into cars and go to tapings of the incendiary “Morton Downey Jr. Show,” reporting back on developments “to our utter glee.” Miller never went himself, but he was a regular viewer of the seminal trash-TV talk show host and n...

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    Trailer Watch: Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

    The official trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Sundance hit, Blackfish, was recently released. Intense is the only way to describe it. It feels a lot like The Cove about dolphins in Japan.

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    Review: 'Free China': A Struggle For the Future of China's Soul

    Michael Perlman's new documentary "Free China: The Courage to Believe" which opens Friday in New York City for a week-long run, is a brave, upsetting, unabashedly political film that examines the dissonances between China's remarkable economic rise and its appalling human rights record. But for Per...

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    Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Celebrates Past HBO Docs

    Sundance special jury prize winner "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer" kicks off HBO's popular Summer Docs series next week. The latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page takes a look back at several other popular docs that the venerable brand has produced or presented in the past...

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    SnagFilms Invites You to Try Out Their New Social Viewing Platform

    The folks at SnagFims Inc., Indiewire's parent company, have been putting in long hours in preparation for the game changing overhaul of the film streaming site, set to launch in early Summer before rolling out to mobile devices. In preparation for the big reveal, SnagFilms today announced the priva...

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    WATCH: Short BBC Documentary on the Coen Brothers

    With the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" recently charming the crowds at Cannes and winning the Grand Prize of the Jury, take a gander at this 40-minute BBC documentary on the filmmaking duo, made in 2000 during the production of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

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