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    FUTURES | "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy" Director Stephanie Wang-Breal

    Earlier this summer, when the Silverdocs jury awarded Stephanie Wang-Breal "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy," certainly a dark horse, with the Sterling U.S. Feature Award, even Wang-Breal was surprised: "I saw the other films in competition and was blown away. I was not expecting it at all." Reading ...

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    SnagFilms Unveils Lineup for Second SummerFest of First-Run Docs

    Now in its second year, SnagFilms Summer Fest 2010 will give online audiences the chance to watch award-winning and world premiere documentary films from July 16 through September 2. Each of Summer Fest's six highlighted films will be available for two weeks on SnagFilms as well as on the SnagFilms...

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    Summerfest: Franny Armstrong on "The Age of Stupid"; Watch it Now Free!

    Following up on its inaugural edition last year, SnagFilms is launching the 2nd annual SummerFest, a free online festival showcasing exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries, beginning with Franny Armstrong's acclaimed film, "The Age of Stupid."

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    Berlinger Anticipates "Limited Victory" in Case Against Chevron

    Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger declared a likely "limited victory" in his case against Chevron today. Berlinger made the remarks while speaking briefly with indieWIRE outside a Lower Manhattan courtroom immediately following this morning's U.S. Appeals Court hearing in his case against the oil ...

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    Spotlight | "You Are Here" Looks at Aiding Africa; Watch the Film Now Free!

    This week's SnagFilms spotlight takes a look at Matthew Amenta's "You Are Here".... "'You Are Here: A Documentary' follows a young medical student journey into the heart of rural Africa to volunteer at a community health clinic run by a retired American physician. Through his experiences there, the film examines the question of why, after 30 years and billions of dollars of aid effort to Africa, have many regions of this troubled part of the globe grown statistically worse? The project takes on some of the most troubling problems in Africa on a micro level. Through the eyes of a westerner, 'You Are Here: A Documentary' explores the beautiful ...

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    DocuWeeks 2010 Unveils Oscar-Qualifying Lineup

    In its fourteenth year, DocuWeeks, a three week exhibition of documentary films in Los Angeles and New York will screen seventeen feature films and five shorts from July 30 to August 19. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the ArcLight Hollywood, and the New York screenings will take plac...

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    Gravitas to Launch 100 "Documentaries on Demand" with PBS

    PBS Distribution and Gravitas Ventures unveiled a new monthly transactional On-Demand package for cable, satellite and other providers throughout North America. Featuring 30 hours of titles available to rent, including 10 new hours every month, "Documentaries On-Demand" will debut this Fall.

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    Sundance Institute Hands Out $500,000 in Contemporary Issue Doc Grants

    Today, the Sundance Institute unveiled eighteen feature-length documentaries that will receive funding through its Documentary Film Program. A total of $500,000 will be doled out to the projects, chosen from a field of submissions from 750 applicants in 111 countries. In addition to the financial grants, the Institute provides all funded fillmmakers with access to Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and the documentary events at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival. Cara Mertes, the Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, said of the applicants, "Sundance Institute salutes the filmm...

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    With Naked Honesty, Northern Europe Shines at Silverdocs

    When it was announced that "Men Who Swim," Dylan Williams' feature about a British man living in Sweden who joins a local men's synchronized swimming team, was the audience award's choice for best feature (Aideen O'Sullivan & Ross Whitaker's "Bye Bye Now" was the audience's choice for best short), a suspicion I had about this year's Silverdocs Film Festival was confirmed. It seemed, through talking to audience members before screenings, that the true stars of this year's film festival were Northern European filmmakers. While films like Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" and Amir Bar-Lev's closing night film "The Tillman Story"...

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    Silverdocs Juries Reward "Mommy" and "5 Elephants"

    In an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon, the Silverdocs juries announced their choices for best films. "Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy)," the debut feature from Stephanie Wang-Breal, took home the award for Best U.S. Feature at the 2010 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Wang-Breal's film, set to air on POV this August, follows an 8 year old girl, born in China and given the name Faith upon adoption, who is taken into a Jewish New York family. The award for Best World Feature went to Vadim Jendreyko's "The Woman with the 5 Elephants," which recounts the story of Svetlana Geier, a renowned translator who gained fame ...

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