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    For Your Consideration: Predicting The Animated, Foreign & Doc Feature Winners

    Before next week's final pre-Oscar column that intends to run down each and every category for your prognosticatory pleasure, this very last category-by-category batch edition of "For Your Consideration" takes on the three non-Best Picture best pictures, where the alleged best in animation, documentary, and foreign filmmaking fight for the Academy's often debated stamp of excellence. While the expanded-to-ten best picture category did allow for one example of the generally underacknowledged trio to make the cut (Pixar's "Up," which became the second animated film ever nominated after 1991's "Beauty and the Beast"), dreams of a first-time doc...

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    REVIEW | Twists and Shouts: Kimberly Reed's "Prodigal Sons"

    In the first twenty or so minutes of Kimberly Reed's marvelous documentary "Prodigal Sons," the film's director, who is also one of its main subjects, returns to her small Montana hometown to attend a high-school reunion. En route, she is reunited with her adopted older brother, Marc, with whom she casually mentions she has been estranged for over a decade. Soon, the first bombshell, uttered by Marc from the backseat of a car: his sister Kim, our narrator, used to be his brother, Paul. A third child, Todd, will waft in and out of conversation and the movie itself. Shot in perfunctory home video style with the occasional Big Sky Country visual...

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    Paladin Has "Great Directors"

    New York-based independent film company Paladin, formed last fall by distribution veteran Mark Urman, announced today that it will release Angela Ismailos' doc "Great Directors," which celebrates films and filmmaking by interviewing ten of the world's most acclaimed living directors. The documentary...

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    "Picture Me" at Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to "Picture Me," a documentary by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff which foes behind the scenes to chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris.

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    Magnolia Picks Up "Countdown To Zero"

    Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired North American theatrical rights to "Countdown To Zero" from Participant Media. Lucy Walker's documentary follows the escalating global nuclear arms crisis, and recently bowed at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Participant announced t...

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    cinemadaily | A Pro"doc"ative Weekend at the Movies

    It may be harder to sell a documentary in the contemporary industry climate, but some docs are so provocative, produce so much chatter, that they find comfy homes challenging minds and perspectives in theaters and living rooms. This week, two such docs that have treated festival audiences to intrig...

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    REVIEW | Haunted House: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's "October Country"

    The type of introspective, intimate domestic American nonfiction that has sprouted up so much in art-house theaters in the wake of the success of "Capturing the Friedmans" has come to typify documentary filmmaking of the past decade. Itself somewhat of an acolyte of the far more sensitive "Crumb," which at least foregrounded its inevitable grotesquerie, Andrew Jarecki's sensational depiction of an upper-middle-class Jewish family torn apart by intimations of child molestation tried to pass off its essentially exploitative nature as an investigation into American suburbia. Plus, with its tacked-on faux reconciliation ending and lack of aesthet...

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    "The Cove" Finally Heads To Japan

    The Works International has announce the acquisition of Louie Psihoyos's Academy Award-nominated documentary "The Cove" by Japanese distributor Medallion Media. Medallion is planning a tentative release date of April 2010 in Japan.

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    True/False Fest Announces Impressive Lineup of Docs

    Fresh off the heels of Sundance, the 2010 True/False Film Festival opens Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Columbia, MO, loaded with an impressive number of sneak previews and recently debuted documentaries, including two Sundance favorites, US Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner "Restrepo," chronicling a year in Afghanistan's deadliest valley, with co-director Tim Hetherington, and US Documentary Special Jury Prize winner "GasLand," Josh Fox's natural gas expose of "a rapacious industry before it lays waste to his beloved river valley." In its seventh year, the festival is a four-day celebration of non-fiction filmmaking, ripe with fresh materi...

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    "Tillman" Doc Coming to Theaters; Weinstein Makes Deal for Sundance Hit

    The inside story of a star football player who went to war in the wake of 9/11 and then died on the battlefield is coming to U.S. theaters after closing a deal with Harvey Weinstein following its debut last month at the Sundance Film Festival. In its second major acquisition of a Sundance film, The ...

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