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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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    "October," "Cove" Lead SILVERDOCS Winners (UPDATED)

    Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's "October Country" led the winners at this year's SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival. The film - which documents the multi-generational story of a working-class family - won the SILVERDOCS Sterling Award for best US Feature. "We have chosen...

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    LAFF | The Bee Suit Comes Off: "The Last Beekeeper" Director Jeremy Simmons

    The world's honeybees are currently in crisis. These unsung heroes of the food chain, who are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, are vanishing at an alarming rate. With some beekeepers reporting an unexplained 90% decrease in their hive population, scientists are working to solv...

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    Get Ready To "Meet The Sunglasses": Cutler Talks Wintour Doc's Release

    "It’s quite hard to look up at yourself in such an intense way," Vogue editor Anna Wintour had said after the Sundance premiere of R.J. Cutler's Wintour-centered doc "The September Issue." This fall, Wintour is going to have get used to audiences around the world doing just that. "September," financ...

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    Not a Conventional Shoot: Schnack's DNC Doc Debuts

    Even for America's largest city, a national convention by one of the nation's two main political parties can cause massive upheavel at worst or simply an annoyance at the very least. When the Republicans came to town in New York City to re-nominate George W. Bush at Madison Square Garden, the city c...

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    Doc Filmmaking Pioneer Allan King Dies at 79

    The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) has reported the very sad news that pioneering cinéma vérité filmmaker Allan King has passed away in Toronto after a battle with brain cancer.

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    Good Advice! 8 Documentary Dos & Don'ts From a Vet Programmer

    In the past month, I finally joined Twitter (as 1basil1). One thing I began to do, as I screened documentary submissions, was write Tweets headed "Dear Documentary Filmmakers:" - a way to both gripe about (and occasionally even celebrate) things doc makers do in their films and how film programmers ...

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    Sundance Lab Focuses On Middle East; Post-Soviet Society

    Sundance Institute announced the selection of 12 Documentary Film Fellows representing six projects to participate in the 6th Documentary Film Edit and Story Laboratory, set to run June 21 - 28 in Sundance, Utah. The Lab convenes filmmakers in the process of making feature-length independent docume...

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    Safety First: Daryl Wein's "Sex Positive"

    Richard Berkowitz, the man at the center of Daryl Wein's intelligent and engaging "Sex Positive," is the ideal documentary subject: with his combination of self-effacement and daunting confidence, Berkowitz easily commands the screen throughout its short running time. Such an appealing figure is especially crucial for a film that focuses on a subject as potentially didactic and strictly educational as the promotion of safe sex for the gay community. Yet director and editor Wein smartly doesn't use Berkowitz, a groundbreaking writer and safe-sex spokesman who contracted HIV in early eighties New York, as a mouthpiece for an agenda-driven doc; ...

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    Babelgum; Fish Film Partner On "The Line" For Ocean's Day

    Independent web TV service Babelgum and The Fish Film Company have announced a deal for the worldwide mobile and online release of Rupert Murray's "The End of The Line - The Series," timed to coincide with the traditional release of the feature documentary. George Duffield and Christopher Hird on be...

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