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    Preview: Doc 'Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity' on Influential Jazz Musician

    Directed by Jeffrey Morse and Dorothy Darr, the latter who is Charles Lloyd's painter/filmmaker wife, the documentary Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity chronicles the influential saxophonist and composer's life and career range.

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    Review Roundup: Must-See Doc 'Gideon's Army' Follows Tenacious Public Defenders in the Deep South (TRAILER)

    Dawn Porter's documentary "Gideon's Army," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, had its HBO debut July 1. The film, which follows overworked yet idealistic public defenders in the deep South, has gained high praise from critics: the Village Voice hails it as "the most illuminating crime dr...

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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Review: Sensational True-Crime Doc 'The Cheshire Murders' Asks All the Right Questions

    “The Cheshire Murders,” airing on HBO July 22, is, in part, a blow-by-blow account of the unspeakable 2007 Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead, and made Dr. William Petit his state’s leading advocate for the death penalty (which was abolished there nonetheless).

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    BYOD Video: Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato Discuss Making 'Being Chaz' and Filming with Cher

    This particular installment sees Timoner talking to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of such documentaries as "Party Monster" and "Inside Deep Throat," to talk about their 2011 doc "Being Chaz," which detailed the travails of Chaz Bono's life after his gender reassignment surgery, with Bon...

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    Gay Conversion Survivors Speak Out in 'God and Gays' Doc Aired Day After Supreme Court Ruling (TRAILER)

    An emotional screening last night on the Sony lot in Los Angeles of Lisa Ling’s documentary “God and Gays” brought added impact to this week’s Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.

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    Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'

    After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2012, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's documentary "Off Label" has found North American distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film takes a serious and sobering look at our country's pharmaceutical culture, where doctors liberally do...

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    Here Are the 8 Best Rock Docs According to 'A Band Called Death' Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett

    Rock documentaries are clearly all the rage right now following the Oscar win for "Searching for Sugar Man." The latest to open in theaters today, Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's "A Band Called Death" profiles an undiscovered band that was doing punk even before the term was coined, pre-dating the Ra...

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    Jem Cohen Explains Why 'Museum Hours' Will Help You Grapple With Art and Life

    Cohen spoke to Indiewire this week about imbuing the film with big ideas, his interest in entertaining audiences, and how the movie addresses problems with the way people think about art today.

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    'A Band Called Death' Vs. 'Searching For Sugar Man': Are the Comparisons Apt?

    The parallels are pretty substantial: Both movies involve Detroit-based musicians retroactively appreciated as visionaries in their respective musical genres during their early days, the mid-to-late seventies. But "A Band Called Death" arguably presents a more eventful saga.

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