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    "Wordplay" Team Tackling U.S. Debt in New Doc

    "Wordplay" creators Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley have set their sights on a new documentary subject, namely the United States federal debt. Through their O'Malley Creadon Productions, the filmmakers are set to begin a new movie on the subject, produced by Open Sky Entertainment. In the words of an announcement, "the new documentary will examine the ever-expanding U.S. federal debt and its implications for the nation's future." It will be loosely based on the writings of Bill Bonner, Addison Wiggin, and Kate Incontrera, who are editors of the financial newsletter The Daily Reckoning. Creadon will write and direct the documentary, wit...

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    Australian Doc Conference Spotlights Guests at Upcoming Event

    Filmmakers Fredrik Gertten ("The Socialist, The Architect and the Twisted Tower," Sweden), Rolf de Heer ("Ten Canoes," Australia), Australian film historian Dr. Paolo Cherchi Usai and director Leonard Retel Helmrich ("Promised Paradise," Netherlands) will be "special guests" of the 20th Australian ...

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    Hot Docs to Host International Delegations at Upcoming Event

    Hot Docs will host official delegations from Germany, Italy and Brazil at its upcoming festival and conference, April 19 - 29. The delegations, each a total of approximately 20 - 30 established producers and broadcasters working in social, cultural and political documentary genres, will partake in networking opportunities, market events and conference sessions, including the Toronto Documentary Forum, Hot Docs' renowned international co-financing market event. International Co-Production Day, taking place April 23, 2007, is a day-long gathering of Canadian and international producers. Featuring case studies, producer-to-producer meetings, and...

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    DOCS MONTHLY | February Film Series: Museums Breathe New Life into Documentaries

    For those who long ago gave up on finding diverse programming at your local multiplex, a trip to the nearest arthouse cinema is usually the solution to finding unique film fare - especially for fans of documentaries. But when the mood calls for something a bit more esoteric, art museums are increas...

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    Looking Back at '06: Music and Politics Dominate Documentaries

    2006 spawned a wealth of excellent documentary films, a high percentage of which dealt with either matters of music or politics--and many even combined the two themes. But high quality and critical praise did not necessarily translate into huge box office numbers. Four of the year's most lauded musi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Alison Chernick, Director of "Matthew Barney: No Restraint"

    Director Alison Chernick's documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" captures the famed American artist (best known on screen for his five-part "visual opera" the "Cremaster" series) as he creates his latest "Drawing Restraint 9" series. The film profiles the artist and includes an interview with p...

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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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