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    "Red Race" to Open 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Fest; 170 Films Join Line up

    "The Red Race" by Chao Gan (China/Germany, '08) will open the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, taking place March 13 - 22. "Race" recounts the stories of several Chinese children-gymnasts who (are forced to) dream of becoming famous athletes. The 6-year-olds at th...

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    Alive Mind Finds "Theater of War"

    Richard Lorber’s documentary label Alive Mind has acquired the U.S. theatrical, public performance and home video rights to John Walter's "Theater of War." The film captures Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline finding their characters in her work as Mother Courage in Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the Bertold Brecht play “Mother Courage and Her Children,” which was presented by The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in the summer of 2006. But the film is much more than a study of those actor's work. As Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times, “filmmaker John Walter jumps from art to history and politics and back again, from the ...

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    Non-fiction Crack: True/False Feeds Doc Junkies and Casual Users a Tasty Roster

    "I think I'm having withdrawls," said one True/False Film Festival volunteer Monday morning at a hotel where many non-Columbia, MO guests stayed. "So much sensory stimulation and now it's time for the come down..." And how! Though many of the contingent of New York guests did have one extra night in the small but hipsterish college town located in the middle of Missouri, due to a mass cancellation of flights because of snow, the four nights of the T/F packed in quite a dollop of activity. The weekend featured a massive outpouring of local support for the 40-plus feature line up - featuring a shockingly grand roster of films, many of which are...

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    Tons o' Directors, Docs, Some Fun and a March March at this Weekend's True/False

    With a guest list that ranging from industry insiders to a who's who of documentary filmmakers, the True/False Film Festival has an enviable event for a relatively "small" festival in the Midwest. Though "small" is relative, with the size of the fest's enthusiastic audiences turning out for a cross section of documentaries including Anders Ostegaard's award-winning "Burma VJ" (IDFA, Sundance), Kim Longinotto's prize-winning "Rough Aunties" (Sundance, IDFA), Joe Berlinger's "Crude" (Sundance), Fredrik von Krusenstjerna's "Necrobusiness," Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's "October Country," Kimberly Reed's "Prodigal Son" and not to mention a ...

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    Curating a Gem of a Fest: True/False Reflects on First Six Years

    Quickly becoming a favorite among the U.S. and even international documentary community, the True/False Film Festival, gets underway tonight here in Columbia, MO with a slate of just over 40 titles screening through the weekend. And becoming a destination for both filmmakers and industry is quite a ...

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    Oscilloscope Gets "The Garden"

    Scott Hamilton Kennedy's "The Garden," nominated for an Oscar for best documentary this year, has been acquired for North American distibution by Oscilloscope, Adam Yauch's film company. Set for a theatrical release this Spring, the film will hit DVD this summer.

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    IDA's Schmidt: "Documentaries, boring? I think not"

    Relating quote from a recent New York Times article in which a filmmaker quipped that a "dirty little secret" was that documentaries are "boring," International Documentary Association president Eddie Schmidt launched a broadside counter-attack Wednesday night at an event hosted at the Association o...

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    Oscar '09: "The Betrayal"'s Ellen Kuras

    It's a soggy afternoon in late October and Ellen Kuras would love to just curl up in bed and get over the wicked flu bug she has, but there's just too much to do - including a lengthy phone interview for this piece. However, multitasking has become second nature to Kuras, in fact, she's made a caree...

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    Polanski hearing puts focus on documentary filmmaker

    Polanski hearing puts focus on documentary filmmaker

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    Dozens set for Upcoming True/False Fest

    Considered a gem among frequenters of doc festivals, the True/False Film Festival has unveiled its line up for its event taking place in Columbia, Missouri. Among the forty-plus feature docs are a selection of films that have had their recent debuts on the festival circuit, including IDFA and Sundance titles "Afghan Star," "Burma VJ" and "Rough Aunties" in addition to "Big River Man" as well as best doc Oscar nominee, "Waltz with Bashir" (foreign language category). In addition to the roster of features and shorts, the festival of dozens of bands that play before screenings and at a festival parade that takes place during the four day event t...

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