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    Stranger than Fiction Unveils Winter Schedule

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    "Anvil" Leads IDA Winners

    Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" led the winners of International Documentary Association's 2009 IDA Documentary Awards. The story of the band hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal," which was received snubbed by the Academy's shortlist, received IDA's awards for both overall featur...

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    "Anvil," "Architecture School" Lead Early IDA Winners

    Winners for the International Documentary Association's 2009 IDA Documentary Awards competition were announced today in several major categories, including Limited Series, Continuing Series, Music, and Student, leaving Feature and Short for the night of the program, to be held December 4th at the Di...

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    "Train" Wins IDFA's Top Prize

    Lixin Fan's "Last Train Home" won the award for best feature length documentary at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam today. A Chinese Canadian documentary by a first time director, the film examines international issues by telling the story of mother and father factory workers who are...

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    IDFA Forum: Doc Pitches Aim for $ € £ ¥

    The 17th edition of the three-day Forum, the annual co-financing market component of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam was held earlier this week with a series of pitches by filmmakers seeking input and potential co-production support from some of the biggest names in international broadcasting. Subjects on day one were varied - from the devastating environmental impact of tar sand oil development in Canada in Tom Radford & Niobe Thompson's "Tipping Point: The End of Dirty Oil" to an expose of a traditional Afghan practice of selling young girls to older men in Nima Sarvestani's "I Was Worth 50 Sheep." While attending broadcast...

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    Must See IDFA Doc: "Last Train Home"

    Programmers spend months sifting through submissions and traveling around the world to find films for their audiences - film industry types and mainstream moviegoers alike -- that watch selections for just a few days. Every so often, a few movies strike a chord. Rarely, a single film breaks through ...

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    Filmmaking, Sumo and Space Tourism Take Flight at IDFA

    A man who travels to small villages making movies, a Japanese boy who leaves his village to join a sumo group, and American millionaires who pay huge sums to have the chance to experience outer space with the Russian space agency are three films screening here at the International Documentary Film F...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Frederick Wiseman = The Greatest

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 23, 2009 -- This 15th weekly column begins with why I love Frederick Wiseman and concludes with why I love documentary cinema. Since seeing "La Danse" a few weeks ago at New York's Film Forum, I've been wanting to make the following statement: Frederick Wiseman i...

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    Sex, Money & Consensus: New Doc Pounds United Nations

    News networks here in Europe including BBC and others have tepidly shared info and commentary on Herman van Rompuy, the recent Belgian prime minister who assumed the new position of President of the European Union, while Great Britain's Baroness Catherine Ashton was named the body's new Foreign Mini...

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    Ira Glass & Julien Temple at IDFA: Have Fun, Break Rules

    Serious movies with weighty international topics gave way to laughter (and even some tears) today after the Saturday skies cleared and the temperature warmed up a bit here in The Netherlands. British filmmaker Julien Temple sipped red wine while lecturing this afternoon at the International Document...

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