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    DocuWeeks 2010 Unveils Oscar-Qualifying Lineup

    In its fourteenth year, DocuWeeks, a three week exhibition of documentary films in Los Angeles and New York will screen seventeen feature films and five shorts from July 30 to August 19. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the ArcLight Hollywood, and the New York screenings will take plac...

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    Gravitas to Launch 100 "Documentaries on Demand" with PBS

    PBS Distribution and Gravitas Ventures unveiled a new monthly transactional On-Demand package for cable, satellite and other providers throughout North America. Featuring 30 hours of titles available to rent, including 10 new hours every month, "Documentaries On-Demand" will debut this Fall.

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    Sundance Institute Hands Out $500,000 in Contemporary Issue Doc Grants

    Today, the Sundance Institute unveiled eighteen feature-length documentaries that will receive funding through its Documentary Film Program. A total of $500,000 will be doled out to the projects, chosen from a field of submissions from 750 applicants in 111 countries. In addition to the financial grants, the Institute provides all funded fillmmakers with access to Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and the documentary events at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival. Cara Mertes, the Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, said of the applicants, "Sundance Institute salutes the filmm...

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    With Naked Honesty, Northern Europe Shines at Silverdocs

    When it was announced that "Men Who Swim," Dylan Williams' feature about a British man living in Sweden who joins a local men's synchronized swimming team, was the audience award's choice for best feature (Aideen O'Sullivan & Ross Whitaker's "Bye Bye Now" was the audience's choice for best short), a suspicion I had about this year's Silverdocs Film Festival was confirmed. It seemed, through talking to audience members before screenings, that the true stars of this year's film festival were Northern European filmmakers. While films like Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" and Amir Bar-Lev's closing night film "The Tillman Story"...

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    Silverdocs Juries Reward "Mommy" and "5 Elephants"

    In an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon, the Silverdocs juries announced their choices for best films. "Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy)," the debut feature from Stephanie Wang-Breal, took home the award for Best U.S. Feature at the 2010 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Wang-Breal's film, set to air on POV this August, follows an 8 year old girl, born in China and given the name Faith upon adoption, who is taken into a Jewish New York family. The award for Best World Feature went to Vadim Jendreyko's "The Woman with the 5 Elephants," which recounts the story of Svetlana Geier, a renowned translator who gained fame ...

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    Stephen Marshall's "Holy Wars" and Other Silverdocs Premieres Ignite Audiences

    As the Silverdocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland enters its busy weekend, three world premieres have brought inspired debates to audiences here. Rev. Billy, the charismatic and fiery subject of 2007's "What Would Jesus Buy?" was in attendance to support the small town activists in Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood's world premiere for "On Coal River." The film follows a group of West Virginians who labor to get the government to acknowledge the health side effects mountaintop removal has caused in their community. Tonight, the Silverdocs world premiere of Henry Corra's "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan" follows a search for Pv...

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    FUTURES | New Left Media's Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll

    Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll can count the number of videos they have posted onto YouTube on their fingers. The same can’t be said for the number of times their videos have been viewed on the site: four million plus and counting. Two undergraduates from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Wh...

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    Growing Coalition Backing Filmmaker's Battle With Chevron

    Filmmaker Joe Berlinger will be back in court next month, defending himself against a move by Chevron to gain access to 600+ hours of footage he used to make "Crude: The Real Price of Oil," a documentary about the oil company that debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival. The company is hoping ...

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    LAFF ‘10 | "A Small Act" Director Jennifer Arnold: "Be Prepared for Anything"

    Decades ago, Hilde Back, a gray-haired Holocaust survivor, began sending $15 a month from Sweden to Kenya to fund a child's primary school education. To her, that amount felt inconsequential but for Chris Mburu, it changed his life. When no other Kenyan family could afford to send their children to ...

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    Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjærulff on "The Danish Solution" (Watch It Now Free)

    When Hitler's arrival to Denmark was immanent, the Danish population got together to hide over 7,000 of their Jewish population. In Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjærulff's "The Danish Solution," the filmmakers tell a story of heroism and strength. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, the film is available to...

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