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    "The City Dark" Will Make You Scared of the Light

    This review was originally published during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival on March 13, 2011.

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    Doc Trailer Watch: "Homecoming" Explores Identity of Teenage Kids of Foreign Workers in Israel

    Directed by Noa Maiman and Oma Ben Dor, the Israeli documentary Homecoming, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the end of this month. The documentary tells the story of three teenagers, who are children of foreign workers, and were born and raised in Israel, essen...

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    "Crazy Horse" is... A Documentary by Frederick Wiseman (So Why Am I So Ambivalent About It?)

    It may be sacrilege to say this as both a devout Frederick Wiseman fan and a heterosexual male, but “Crazy Horse” doesn’t really do a whole lot for me. This latest documentary from the man behind such nonfiction classics as “Titicut Follies,” “High School” a...

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    Frederick Wiseman on "Crazy Horse," Shooting Nudity and Why Technique is Only 40% of Filmmaking

    Frederick Wiseman was once known as the guy who documents institutions. Now he is an institution, a living legend of American documentary who has made nothing but significant observational nonfiction works for 45 years. His films are distinctly subjective while passing on an illusion of complete obj...

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    Sundance Trailer Watch: West of Memphis - Directed by Amy Berg

    I have now become obsessed with this case. I watched the HBO film this weekend and am going to catch up on the older HBO docs soon. This is the Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh produced film. This film will premiere at Sundance.

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    Short Starts: Watch Martin Luther King, Jr., in "The March"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rather than a new release, we present a 1964 USIA documentary starring the civil rights leader.

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Beauty and the Beast 3D" Watch "Waking Sleeping Beauty"

    The main attraction in theaters this weekend is the 3D re-release of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." If you're hoping to introduce a new generation to the animated classic, by all means bring your kids. But if you're just a grown up wishing to revisit a childhood favorite, and...

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    Sundance and Slamdance 2012: Documentary Preview

    As I look back on my “Sundance Documentaries People Will Be Talking About” column from last January, I realize this is my equivalent to other bloggers’ annual “Most Anticipated Movies of [the Coming Year]” list. Partly because to preview the docs playing at Sundance is usually to preview the docs we...

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    Inside Michael Moore's Oscar Documentary Reforms and His War on HBO: Pros and Cons

    At the Cinema Eye Honors Wednesday night, which honored Steve James' "The Interrupters," among other docs not on this year's Oscar shortlist, Oscar-winners Michael Moore and Alex Gibney hotly debated the proposed new Academy rules. New Academy governor Moore is right to take on the Oscar documentary...

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    DGA's Best Documentary Director Nominees Include Steve James, Martin Scorsese and Richard Press

    The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, three days after the DGA revealed their nominees for narrative filmmaking.

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