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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" Director AJ Schnack

    Director AJ Schnack's doc "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" is probably the closest thing to an autobiography by the former Nirvana lead singer as possible. The film draws upon a series of audiotaped conversations between Cobain and music writer Michael Azerrad over 1992 and 1993, recorded for Azerrad's bo...

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    SF360: SF Docfest, hitting you where you live

    Reality, generally considered over-rated by the moving-going public, is the unapologetic core of SF DocFest (Sept. 28-Oct. 10). But from its inception in 2001, SF Indie's (almost) annual documentary showcase (they skipped 2003) has eschewed the dry, serious, good-for-you associations which supposedl...

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    DOC COLUMN | Showing Movies, Making Change: P.O.V. at 20 Years

    As film lovers, we tend to remember our significant film moments. One such moment for me was Elizabeth Barret's "Stranger with a Camera." In it, Barret revisits the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a Kentucky local who was fed up with what he considered exploitation of people and poverty in...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kamp Katrina" Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon

    Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, who collaborated on Redmon's directorial debut "Mardi Gras: Made in China" two years ago, bring a unique and extraordinary alternative to the increasing amount of Hurricane Katrina-related docs with "Kamp Katrina." The film follows two New Orleans citizens, c...

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    DOC COLUMN | Doc Filmmakers Guide to the IFP Market

    Approaching its 29th incarnation, running from September 16 -19 in downtown New York, the Independent Feature Project's IFP Market has become an important stop for documentary films. Unlike a festival, the Market is intended to give buyers and festival programmers a peek at new work. Through closed ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)" Director Jason Kohn

    Director Jason Kohn's doc "Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)" jumped into the festival circuit fray with a big win at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, taking both the grand jury prize for best documentary and the doc cinematography award for Heloisa Passos. The film's tag line basically sums up the doc's o...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The King of Kong" Director Seth Gordon

    Director Seth Gordon's "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" takes a look at the arcade circuit. The film follows the travails of a middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong. This is the first feature-length directori...

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    iW NEWS | Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Strange Culture" Set for NYC Theatrical Debut

    After a special Museum of Modern Art screening in New York City on October 1, Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Strange Culture" will be released theatrically by L5 Productions with a two-week run at Cinema Village in downtown New York City, October 5th - 14th. The provocative doc explores the true story of artist and college professor Steve Kurtz whose tools and supplies were impounded after his wife suddenly died of heart failure. In an era of hyper-sensitivity and increasing clamp downs on artistic expression, suspicion was cast upon Kurtz as he prepared to present (at MASS MoCA), a project exploring genetically modified food. A founding member of t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "No End in Sight" Director Charles Ferguson

    Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight" is another in a long line of important Iraq documentaries. But the film's precision, what the New York Times calls a "mathematical" indictment of the current administration, is what separates it as a closely observed, investigative piece. Ferguson answered some...

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    iW DOC COLUMN | To Oscar or Not to Oscar, Looking Ahead to DocuWeek

    Academy Award. The Oscar. A golden knight holding a broad sword, perched on a reel of film with five spokes that signify the original branches of the Academy: actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians; no wings to represent the soaring of art, or perhaps abstract sculpture to represent t...

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