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    Summerfest: Franny Armstrong on "The Age of Stupid"; Watch it Now Free!

    Following up on its inaugural edition last year, SnagFilms is launching the 2nd annual SummerFest, a free online festival showcasing exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries, beginning with Franny Armstrong's acclaimed film, "The Age of Stupid."

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    Berlinger Anticipates "Limited Victory" in Case Against Chevron

    Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger declared a likely "limited victory" in his case against Chevron today. Berlinger made the remarks while speaking briefly with indieWIRE outside a Lower Manhattan courtroom immediately following this morning's U.S. Appeals Court hearing in his case against the oil ...

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    Spotlight | "You Are Here" Looks at Aiding Africa; Watch the Film Now Free!

    This week's SnagFilms spotlight takes a look at Matthew Amenta's "You Are Here".... "'You Are Here: A Documentary' follows a young medical student journey into the heart of rural Africa to volunteer at a community health clinic run by a retired American physician. Through his experiences there, the film examines the question of why, after 30 years and billions of dollars of aid effort to Africa, have many regions of this troubled part of the globe grown statistically worse? The project takes on some of the most troubling problems in Africa on a micro level. Through the eyes of a westerner, 'You Are Here: A Documentary' explores the beautiful ...

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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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