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    indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Documentary Based on "The Idiot," "Soft in the Head"

    Each week, we usually gather up four or five projects in progress to feature in a single column. Now it's going to be a daily feature, so we can give the spotlight to a single project each day.

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    INTERVIEW | Meet Buck Brannaman, the Real-Life Horse Whisperer

    Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle. For three decades in clinics all over the U.S., Brannaman has taught horse owners what is commonly referred to as 'natural horsemanship': a philosophy of working with horses based on understanding h...

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    Update in the IRS Case Against Documentaries: Do They Satisfy the "Nine-Factor Test"?

    The International Documentary Assn. has formally announced its legal battle to protect the for-profit status of documentary filmmaking.

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    Werner Herzog Gets Psychedelic, Entices Stephen Colbert with Talk of Albino Alligators

    Props to the "The Colbert Report," which saw fit to interview Werner Herzog (!) as he promotes the release of "Cave of Forgotten Dreams." Although he resisted Colbert's suggestion to describe the film as "cave porn," Herzog provided a good match to Colbert's wit. After describing the film's postscri...

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: The British Invasion

    With Sheffield Doc/Fest taking over its new Summer berth this week, we've opted for a British take on the newest indieWIRE at Hulu Docs, iW's regular curation of Hulu's Documentaries page. For this edition, we're spotlighting a handful of British made or British focused non-fiction films available o...

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    As Tax Court Suggests Documentaries are Hobbies, Two Articles Show How Hard It Is to Turn a Profit

    While documentary filmmakers wait to find out if an Arizona tax court considers their work to be a business or a hobby,, the U.K.'s Guardian and the New York Times looked closely at some of the business models underlying nonfiction movies. Or, to put it as plainly as the Guardian's headline: "Can yo...

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    HBO Takes Rights To Cameron Crowe's Elton John Doc

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the domestic TV rights to Cameron Crowe's doc "The Union," which chronicles the collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell. The film opened the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: Portrait Gallery

    While Cannes traditionally doesn't put much of an emphasis on documentary programming, Eric Kohn's review of Jonathan Caouette's portrait, "Walk Away Renée" inspired this week's indieWIRE at Hulu Docs, iW's regular curation of Hulu's Documentaries page. For this edition, we're looking at a few notab...

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    Oprah's Doc Club Kicks Off: Oprah Does for "Becoming Chaz" What She Did for Books?

    At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Oprah Winfrey made a surprise appearance with Rosie O'Donnell, the Oprah Doc Club curator, to announce that it was her intention to do for documentaries what she did for books. Last night, the Oprah Winfrey Network debuted the first in their (for n...

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    IndiePix To Bring Bhopal Disaster Doc to U.S./Canadian Theaters

    Following an Indian Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of several managers and supervisors who were arrested following the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster at Union Carbide, IndiePix has announced that they have acquired the U.S./Canadian distribution rights to Van Maximilian Carlson's doc about...

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