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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Wire," "Waltz" Tie For Top IDA Honor

    James Marsh's "Man on Wire" and Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" shared top honors at tonight's IDA Documentary Awards. Both films tied for the Distinguished Feature award, as announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by Morgan Spurlock. Other major honors included a centerpiece tribute to Wer...

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    iW NEWS | here!, Regent Acquire "Sex"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the documentary, "Sex Positive," from director Daryl Wein. The film explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, an AIDS activist in the 1980's, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe-sex practices has never been aptly credited. here! Films acquired this documentary from Ro*Co Films, and its sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film starting March 13, 2009 in select U.S. cities. The film made its world premiere in competition at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and...

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    IDFA '08 | "Burma VJ" & Girl Talk Doc, "RIP," in Fest Spotlight on IDFA's Awards Night

    Anders Ostergaard's "Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country" was without question the buzz title of IDFA 2008. The story of last year's uprising against the military dictatorship in Myanmar, told through secret home video footage, offers a direct look at the movement and it's organizers. "Burma"...

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    "Times" Online: Rob Epstein On His 1984 Harvey Milk Doc, Its Narrative Counterpart, and Online Distr

    "I've learned as filmmaker, doing this for thirty years now, that to survive you have to be able to adapt and adjust," "The Times of Harvey Milk" director Rob Epstein said. "In terms of production, I've shot on film and I've shot on video and I've shot on digital. You want to make those technological adjustments and make them work for you creatively and aesthetically. And I think the same is true for distribution." Epstein has made such an adjustment with the recent release of his Academy Award-winning doc on on VOD at Amazon.com. He discussed the 1984 film with indieWIRE, which chronicles Harvey Milk's life and death, as well as his thought...

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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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