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    iW NEWS | Sundance Doc Program Announces Grants

    Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program announced the 20 film projects awarded financial and creative support from the Sundance Documentary Fund. In a doubling of the numbers of projects submitted, nearly 800 filmmakers working in more than 70 countries submitted projects. The awardees include six first-time feature documentary filmmakers, complemented by national and international award winners. The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports U.S. and international documentary filmmakers "exploring the critical issues of our times in documentaries with cinematic potential." "The films funded in this round tell stories of perseverance and ...

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    iW NEWS | "Stranger Than Fiction" Season Closes Tonight

    New York City's popular "Stranger Than Fiction" doc series will close out its Fall program tonight with Kevin Rafferty and Frank Keraudren's 1999 film "The Last Cigarette." Programmed by Thom Powers, the program will resume with three special screenings in December. Powers recently wrote an essay on the program's website, "Wanted: Documentary Critics." Powers writes: "Documentary filmmakers are increasing their output, but publications are decreasing staff and space for reviews. Bloggers fill some of the void. But the pressure on blogs to be quick and current leaves a gap for more thoughtful analysis. For any critic who wants to delve into d...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Never mind the Economy and Fickle Tastes, IDFA Carries Forward

    During a party last night hosted by various film sales companies attending the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) a group of attendees commented that the festival seems to have regained its footing after the event's move to new venues near Rembrandtplein in the center of the ci...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Greenaway Examines Just One Rembrandt Painting; Fathers & Kids, and More f

    We live in a text-based society, argues director Peter Greenaway, early in his latest film, "Rembrandt's J'Accuse," a fascinating new documentary that was showcased this weekend at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The fact that we are taught from an early age how to read words,...

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    iW INSIDER | Eugene Hernandez: Rooted in Reality at IDFA; 10 Years Later, 12 Docs to Watch

    Sitting here in Amsterdam on a snowy Sunday afternoon for the 21st IDFA, I'm taking a second stab at what I hope will be a regular column offering an inside take on films, festivals, and the industry. Last week, I explored the intersection of the indie film community and the fight for marriage equal...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | IDFA Kicks Off: On Screen and In Person, Kasparov Lashes Out at Putin

    "Russia is an authoritarian state," declared Garry Kasparov tonight in Amsterdam. A subject of director Masha Novikova's IDFA world premiere "In the Holy Fire of Revolution," former Russian chess champion Kasparov spoke at tonight's packed daily panel discussion. IDFA kicked off its signature "Talk ...

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    iW NEWS | "Young@Heart" Among Early IDA Award Winners

    Winners for the International Documentary Association's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards competition were announced in several major categories ahead of the awards ceremony, to be held December 5th at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles. For television, Ira Glass' "This American Life" won the Continuing Series Award for the second year in a row, while the Limited Series Award went to Denis Poncet, Jean Xavier De Lestrade and Remy Burkel's eight part series "Sin City Law." In the film categories, Stephen Walker's "Young@Heart" won the IDA/Alan Ett Music Documentary Award. The IDA/Pare Lorentz Award, in homage to the filmmaker's legacy, was ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Taking it all On: Ellen Kuras Directs "The Betrayal"

    It's a soggy afternoon in late October and Ellen Kuras would love to just curl up in bed and get over the wicked flu bug she has, but there's just too much to do - including a lengthy phone interview for this piece. However, multitasking has become second nature to Kuras, in fact, she's made a caree...

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    REVIEW | Fan-dumb: Josh Koury's "We Are Wizards"

    Full disclosure: I have never read any of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. I have never seen any of the blockbuster movies based on her series. That I plan to never do so is not entirely because of any perceived intellectual and emotional poverty of these books and movies--I know plenty of smart ...

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    HBO Scores Obama Doc

    Amy Rice and Alicia Sams' untitled documentary about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has been acquired by HBO. Produced by Edward Norton and his company Class 5 Films, Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore, the film was made with unique, exclusive access to Obama even before he began his historic camp...

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