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    REVIEW | All Fall Down: Chris Smith's "Collapse"

    At the turns of decades and centuries, it's fairly common for sky-is-falling prognostication to spike wildly. This angst often finds expression in popular entertainments, such as the appearance, as if on cue, of the clunky misfire "Knowing" and the upcoming sure-to-be tedious "2012." What these kinds of spectacles provide is something like diversionary exorcism--the world outside may seem bad, but there's some comfort in recognizing that visual effects artists can always imagine even worse. These films are about as easy to dismiss as History Channel specials on Nostradamus, and probably less fun, so Chris Smith's often unnerving documentary...

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    "The Cove" Leads Cinema Eye Honors Nominees

    Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove," received a record-tying seven Cinema Eye Honors nominations today when they were announced at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the UK. The film - about dolphin hunts in Japan - won dozens of prizes on the festival circuit this year, include Sundance's A...

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    IDA Career Award for Errol Morris

    The International Documentary Association has announced that Errol Morris will be feted as a career honoree at the 2009 Annual IDA Documentary Awards. The award - given to "a filmmaker who has made a major impact on the documentary genre through a long and distinguished body of work" - has previous gone to Sheila Nevins, Michael Apted, Ken Burns, Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler, Michael Moore, and last year's recipient, Werner Herzog. Morris - whose work includes "The Thin Blue Line," "Standard Operating Procedure" and "The Fog of War" - will receive the award at the 25th Annual IDA Awards on Friday, December 4th at the Director's Guild in Los...

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    Chris Smith's "Collapse" Coming Soon

    Two months after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Smith's new documentary, "Collapse," will hit theaters and VOD simultaneously. Cinetic has brokered a deal with Vitagraph to launch the film in theaters next month, putting the doc on Cinetic's new FilmBuff cable VOD channel...

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    Stranger Than Fiction Launches 11th Season Tomorrow

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by the IFC Center, will launch its eleventh season on September 29, 2009 with a sneak preview of "Ahead of Time," including a Q&A with director Bob Richman and film subject Ruth Gruber whose 98th birthd...

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    "Capitalism" Averages $9K on Opening Day

    Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" managed some good, though relative to Moore's other films somewhat disappointing numbers on opening night. Before its nationwide expansion next week, Overture Films released Moore's latest on only four screens yesterday, which resulted in $36,416 in grosse...

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    REVIEW | Simplistically Charming "Capitalism" Doesn't Quite Add Up

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Capitalism: A Love Story" opens in theaters today.

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    Toronto Deal: "Art" Stolen For New Sundance Label

    The North American rights to Don Argott's "The Art of the Steal" have been acquired by Rainbow Media (which owns IFC Films) for its new theatrical and video-on-demand label Sundance Selects. The announcement comes 10 days after the film premiered to considerable acclaim at the 2009 Toronto Internat...

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    Unsatisfied with "Public" Offers, Ondi Timoner Opts to Do It Herself

    Eight months after receiving the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival - the second time she's won the coveted documentary award - filmmaker Ondi Timoner is bringing her latest film to theaters herself. After raising money for the release and tapping Richard Abramowitz to execute the plan, ...

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    Unmasking Anna Wintour: R.J. Cutler On His "September" Subject

    "I had no relationship to this world before the film," "The September Issue" director R.J. Cutler told indieWIRE earlier this week. "I'll be honest with you. To me Vogue was a magazine that my Mom read when I was a kid that I just couldn't find my way through. I couldn't even find the table of conte...

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