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    Full Frame Takes 10 for '07 Fest

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has asked ten filmmakers, writers and producers have been invited to select a doc "that has spoken to her or him during this time about our culture and the art of documentary filmmaking" for its tenth anniversary event taking place April 12 - 15. The Ten include St. Clair Bourne, Charles Burnett, Ariel Dorfman, Cara Mertes, Walter Mosley, Michael Moore, Mira Nair, D.A. Pennebaker, Julia Reichert, and Martin Scorsese. According to Full Frame, "the challenge given to the curators was to choose a film, not necessarily made in the past decade nor even shown at the festival, that in some way illuminates the...

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    "Iraq In Fragments" Wins IDA Prize

    James Longley's "Iraq In Fragments" won the best film prize at the 2006 International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards Gala on Friday night in Los Angeles. The film, a big winner at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is a doc looking at the lives of Iraqis. In other awards, "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim received the Pare Lorentz Award, an activist prize, while the IDA Career Achievement Award went to Haskell Wexler. The Courage Under Fire Award went to Andrew Berends for "The Blood of My Brother," and Christopher Quinn received the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary ...

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    IDFA '06: On the Brink of Change, 19th Annual Amsterdam Doc Fest Wraps; "The Monastery" and "We Are

    A favorite of many attendees at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this year, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer's "The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun" won the award for best documentary in the festival's Joris Ivens Competition. IDFA awarded a 12,500 euro prize to the Danish documentar...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA | New DocAgora Considers Distribution and Digital Media at 1st Event

    The first annual DocAgora forum convened Thursday morning at theInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Conceived by organizers Peter Wintonick, Amit Breuer, Fleur Knopperts and Joan Morselt as a compact one-day conference on creating, funding and distributing docs in the age of digital ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mystelle Brabbee, Director of "Highway Courtesans"

    Director Mystelle Brabbee's doc "Highway Courtesans" follows independent minded Guddi from 16 to 23 ass she begins to question a centuries-old tradition of sanctioned prostitution that started with palace courtesans and now forms the economic core fo her community. Though the village girls willingly...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Inside the Forum, Pitching New Docs and Scoring The Euros

    While audiences make their way in and out of IDFA screenings at the City Theaters on Amsterdam's busy Leidseplein, a select group of festival attendees have spent the last few days down the street at the Paradiso, a popular local concert venue. On the first level of the auditorium, seated at tables ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: "Together" Tops at IDFA (So Far); and Berliner's Best

    A number of films have stirred audiences and industry alike here at IDFA this year and based on informal surveys of insiders attending the festival, the taste of general attendees seems to be in line with that of the professionals. Perhaps the most buzzed about title at mid-week is Paul Taylor's deb...

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    DOC COLUMN: Oscar Gets Political, Salutes Women: Tracking the Oscar Short List

    Two weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 feature-length documentaries that made their "short list"--of which five will be nominated at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Appropriately, this year's list is a timely snapshot of where we are as a country, mirrored in...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: At a Leading Doc Festival, Surveying the Global State of Documentary Film

    Some 600 Q & A sessions are ongoing throughout the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, yielding a considerable amount of doc talk at a festival with the slogan, "Film For Thought." Organizers kick-started the chatting over the weekend with a special "UnDebate" on the state of document...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Talking about "Elements" As 19th IDFA Kicks Off in The Netherlands

    Documentary filmmakers, buyers, sellers & funders of non-fiction films, festival programmers, journalists, and large general audiences have converged upon The Netherlands for the 19th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week. The leading documentary festival offers hundreds...

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