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    Review: Rory Kennedy's 'Ethel' -- A Tribute to a Mother and Survivor

    Documentarian Rory Kennedy is the youngest of Senator Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children, born seven months after her father's assassination in 1968. Never having known her father, except via the scratchy footage of history, home movies and stories from family members, yet also in...

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    Under The Radar: Linotype--The Film

    When I read that someone had made a documentary about the Linotype machine, I said “That’s for me.” It’s not that I’m automatically drawn to arcane subjects, but I had the great fortune to work with this mechanical marvel when I was an editor on my college newspaper, an...

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    Michael Moore Describes New Efforts to Expand, Not Restrict, Docs Up for Awards

    Under fire for comments he has made about new Oscar-qualifying rules for documentaries that he helped initiate, Michael Moore says he's pursuing a number of endeavors to expand — not restrict — the number of documentaries that are acknowledged at the end of the year.

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    'It's a Girl' Documentary on Gendercide Teams Up with Causes.com [Trailer]

    The documentary "It's a Girl!" reveals a remarkable and unsettling issue facing women today: the issues of gendercide in India and China. To add more power to its cause, "It's a Girl!" has teamed up with Causes.com to bring concrete activism to this issue.

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    Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there me...

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    IDFA Announces Line-Up: 'Gatekeepers,' 'My Afghanistan,' Docs on the Pink Panthers and Norwegian Massacre Included

    The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the line-up for its 2013 edition. The festival's competition for best feature-length documentary will show off 16 films, one of which will win a 12,500 Euro prize. Among the main competition films are Dror Moreh's look at ...

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    Photographic Memory—movie review

    Ross McElwee made his reputation with a highly original film called 'Sherman’s March' and has continued to draw on his family history in such low-key, first-person features as 'Bright Leaves'. His latest effort, 'Photographic Memory', is another cinematic diary which follows two separate but related...

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    NYFF Review: 'Leviathan' An Otherworldly Peek At A Life At Sea

    Every sound in “Leviathan” is a shuddering staccato. Every visual wears darkness like a cloak. With absolutely no context, there’s no awareness of what’s up or down. When it is promoted, the ads will suggest “Leviathan” is a documentary, and a scan of the press notes will reveal exactly where the fi...

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    Led Zeppelin Reunite to Discuss Their New Concert Doc 'Celebration Day,' and Dispel Reunion Tour Rumors

    The latest Led Zeppelin concert documentary, "Celebration Day," was screened at the Museum of Modern Art on October 8, followed by a press conference with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham. The film documents the band's 2007 reunion at the O2 Arena in London, ...

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    Academy Narrows 2013 Documentary Short Race To Eight Films

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations. Voters from the Academy's Documentary Branch viewed this yea...

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