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    Should Documentary Filmmakers Make Radio Shows Instead?: 10 Things We Learned from Ira Glass at Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Ira Glass, perhaps America's most popular radio journalist currently on the air, is the man behind "This American Life." The show is broadcast on over 500 public radio stations weekly and the show is often the United States' most downloaded podcast any certain week.

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    Que(e)ries: Considering How Gay Isn't Simply 'The New Black' in Yoruba Richen's Imperative New Doc

    As the LGBT rights movement moved to the clear forefront of the mainstream civil rights discussion in the United States, numerous media organizations were quick to reduce it to a loaded question: "Is gay the new black?"

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    '20 Feet From Stardom' Rising Star Judith Hill On Singing With Michael Jackson and Her Whirlwind Experience on NBC's 'The Voice'

    Morgan Neville's moving tribute to background singers, the documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," opened last Friday in select theaters and in turn brought a lot of overdue attention to the artists profiled in the film. While audiences for the most part are likely unfamiliar with the majority of singer...

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    AFI Docs Announces Policy Engagement Program; Documentary Filmmakers Meet with Policy Makers to Maximize Impact

    AFI Docs presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) has announced their inaugural Policy Engagement Program, where filmmakers making social-issues documentaries connect with policy makers to maximize their impact on the issues their films cover. The program will take place in Washington D.C. on June 20...

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    2013 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Announces Spotlighting Women Documentary Awards

    The 2013 grantees for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund were announced. The fund gives money to feature length projects that highlight important social issues from around the world.

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    Here Are the 5 Docs to See from Sheffield, From Scientology to Nipple Play

    While Sheffield Doc/Fest is known for its MeetMarket and great European (especially British) and American industry presence, the festival has also developed an exciting digital media program (which has made its way into the festival's tagline) and a capable main slate of films. Five films, four of ...

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    Watch: '20 Feet From Stardom' Singer Darlene Love Steps to the Front on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

    After spending much of her career as a backup singer, Darlene Love is finally stepping to center stage. Love appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Wednesday night to help promote "20 Feet From Stardom," a music documentary focusing on the unknown lives of backup singers that opens today. ...

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    Que(e)ries: Talking To The Directors Of 'Call Me Kuchu,' The Summer's Most Important LGBT Doc

    A few weeks back, we offered up this list of 10 LGBT films you should see on the film festival circuit this summer, but there's also a few heading to traditional release. Among them is Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright's Ugandan LGBT rights doc "Call Me Kuchu," which is being rel...

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    Investigative Reporter Jeremy Scahill On Putting Himself Front and Center in 'Dirty Wars' and Dealing With Being Labeled an 'Al-Qaeda Lover'

    Post 9/11, war docs have become a mainstay on the indie film circuit. Angry, passionate, revelatory and provocative, these films -- like "Restrepo," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Armadillo" -- have changed how we view the war on terror. Richard Rowley's shocking "Dirty Wars" is the latest to do so.

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    How to Get Your Film Seen at Music Festivals: 'Musicwood' Case Study

    "Musicwood," a documentary from Maxine Trump about the market to procure wood for acoustic guitars, premiered last year at DOC NYC, and since then it's done a bunch of festivals and is about to launch its theatrical run. But leading up to the theatrical, Trump arranged a number of music festival sc...

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