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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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    Chow Down: Robert Kenner's "Food, Inc."

    If we are what we eat, we're in big trouble according to Robert Kenner's enlightening if not groundbreaking documentary "Food, Inc." Following contemporary mainstream documentary filmmaking's popular recipe of equal parts talking head interviews and field reporting, "Food, Inc." engages in investiga...

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    A Triumph of Passion: "Herb & Dorothy" Director Megumi Sasaki

    Megumi Sasaki's doc "Herb & Dorothy' tells the story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960's, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhatt...

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    A DIY Emperor: The Rise of "Valentino"

    On March 18th, Matt Tyrnauer's doc "Valentino: The Last Emperor" - which follows the closing act of fashion icon Valentino's celebrated career - opened in New York's Film Forum to incredible numbers. By the end of it's first weekend the film has grossed $39,106, including $21,784 for the three-day w...

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    HBO Rides "The Prison Rodeo"

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the broadcast rights to Bradley Beesley's documentary "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo." The film, which goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this pas...

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    @SnagFilms: Memorial Day '09

    Exactly 140 years ago next week, America observed its first Decoration Day, meant to commemorate the lives lost by Union soldiers in the Civil War. Not until after World War I did what we now call Memorial Day come into being, a remembrance of all of the warrior lives lost in American wars. SnagFilm...

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    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel On Their "New World Order"

    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel's doc "New World Order" premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. The film is a behind the scenes look at the underground anti-globalist movement. This growing movement targets the annual Bilderberg conference, and the 9/11 attacks as focal points in the alleged global conspiracy. Alex Jones, a celebrity radio host, and underground cult hero, is the main character of the film. The film chronicles Alex, and four other conspiracy theorists, on their ceaseless quests to expose the 'massive global conspiracy' that they believe threatens the future of humanity. indieWIRE talked to the filmmakers about "New World Order," ...

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    SILVERDOCS Fills Out Rest of Slate

    Following their competition lineup yesterday, AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival has announced the remainder of their programming for the June 15-22 fest. In total, the Washington, D.C.-area festival will present 122 films representing 58 countries selected from 1,983 submissions...

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    "Dreams" To Race In SILVERDOCS' Competition

    AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival has announced the competition films for the 2009 Festival, taking place June 15-22, 2009 in the Washington, DC area. Films will screen in six sections: Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Music Documentary, Sterling Short Film Competition, and the to-be-announced Silver Spectrum and Special Programs (check back with indieWIRE tomorrow for those lineups). Overall, the festival will present 122 films representing 58 countries selected from 1,983 submissions with seven World, three North American, 12 US, and 14 east coast premieres, plus 12 retrospective film...

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