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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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    Stephen Marshall's "Holy Wars" and Other Silverdocs Premieres Ignite Audiences

    As the Silverdocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland enters its busy weekend, three world premieres have brought inspired debates to audiences here. Rev. Billy, the charismatic and fiery subject of 2007's "What Would Jesus Buy?" was in attendance to support the small town activists in Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood's world premiere for "On Coal River." The film follows a group of West Virginians who labor to get the government to acknowledge the health side effects mountaintop removal has caused in their community. Tonight, the Silverdocs world premiere of Henry Corra's "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan" follows a search for Pv...

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    FUTURES | New Left Media's Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll

    Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll can count the number of videos they have posted onto YouTube on their fingers. The same can’t be said for the number of times their videos have been viewed on the site: four million plus and counting. Two undergraduates from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Wh...

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    Growing Coalition Backing Filmmaker's Battle With Chevron

    Filmmaker Joe Berlinger will be back in court next month, defending himself against a move by Chevron to gain access to 600+ hours of footage he used to make "Crude: The Real Price of Oil," a documentary about the oil company that debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival. The company is hoping ...

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    LAFF ‘10 | "A Small Act" Director Jennifer Arnold: "Be Prepared for Anything"

    Decades ago, Hilde Back, a gray-haired Holocaust survivor, began sending $15 a month from Sweden to Kenya to fund a child's primary school education. To her, that amount felt inconsequential but for Chris Mburu, it changed his life. When no other Kenyan family could afford to send their children to ...

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    Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjærulff on "The Danish Solution" (Watch It Now Free)

    When Hitler's arrival to Denmark was immanent, the Danish population got together to hide over 7,000 of their Jewish population. In Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjærulff's "The Danish Solution," the filmmakers tell a story of heroism and strength. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, the film is available to...

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    PBS Blog Names the Doc Industry's Most Powerful 10 (and Top 50)

    PBS Blog Names the Doc Industry's Most Powerful 10 (and Top 50)

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    Full Frame Winner "Enemies of the People" to be Released This Summer

    Full Frame Winner "Enemies of the People" to be Released This Summer

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    10 Things You Want To Know About Joan Rivers

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" has been very well received here at Sundance. The film presents a sharp, funny and often quite touching portrait of Rivers, who at age 75, still struggles with both her insecurities and her ability to find steady work. Though as enthusiastic as the audience was for the film at a screening yesterday, Rivers upstaged herself at the Q&A afterwards. Following a standing ovation, she spent nearly 20 minutes responding to a slew of compliments and questions, putting the audience in hysterics a good two dozen times. The entire Q&A is available here, but indieWIRE has also...

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    "Pelada" Director Ryan White Globe Trots in Soccer Doc

    This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. "Pelada" is now available on cable VOD, courtesy of FilmBuff.

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