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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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    IDFA: Emotional Start to World's Most Important Doc Fest

    Veteran directors Frederic Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are among the documentary mavericks attending the 22nds International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which opened last night in the Netherlands' largest city. The festival is considered the most important in the world...

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    IDA Announces 2009 Doc Award Nominations

    The nominees for the International Documentary Association’s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards competition have been announced, with "Afghan Star," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Diary of a Times Square Thief," "Food, Inc.," and "Mugabe and the White African" all taking nominations for the top prize of bes...

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    REVIEW | All Fall Down: Chris Smith's "Collapse"

    At the turns of decades and centuries, it's fairly common for sky-is-falling prognostication to spike wildly. This angst often finds expression in popular entertainments, such as the appearance, as if on cue, of the clunky misfire "Knowing" and the upcoming sure-to-be tedious "2012." What these kinds of spectacles provide is something like diversionary exorcism--the world outside may seem bad, but there's some comfort in recognizing that visual effects artists can always imagine even worse. These films are about as easy to dismiss as History Channel specials on Nostradamus, and probably less fun, so Chris Smith's often unnerving documentary...

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    "The Cove" Leads Cinema Eye Honors Nominees

    Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove," received a record-tying seven Cinema Eye Honors nominations today when they were announced at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the UK. The film - about dolphin hunts in Japan - won dozens of prizes on the festival circuit this year, include Sundance's A...

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    IDA Career Award for Errol Morris

    The International Documentary Association has announced that Errol Morris will be feted as a career honoree at the 2009 Annual IDA Documentary Awards. The award - given to "a filmmaker who has made a major impact on the documentary genre through a long and distinguished body of work" - has previous gone to Sheila Nevins, Michael Apted, Ken Burns, Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler, Michael Moore, and last year's recipient, Werner Herzog. Morris - whose work includes "The Thin Blue Line," "Standard Operating Procedure" and "The Fog of War" - will receive the award at the 25th Annual IDA Awards on Friday, December 4th at the Director's Guild in Los...

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    Chris Smith's "Collapse" Coming Soon

    Two months after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Smith's new documentary, "Collapse," will hit theaters and VOD simultaneously. Cinetic has brokered a deal with Vitagraph to launch the film in theaters next month, putting the doc on Cinetic's new FilmBuff cable VOD channel...

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    Stranger Than Fiction Launches 11th Season Tomorrow

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by the IFC Center, will launch its eleventh season on September 29, 2009 with a sneak preview of "Ahead of Time," including a Q&A with director Bob Richman and film subject Ruth Gruber whose 98th birthd...

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