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    Sundance 2012: Top Online Shorts "Long Distance Information" and "The Debutante Hunters"

    All of the nine shorts Yahoo and the Sundance Film Festival have put on the web are pretty good. It’s an impressive crop, and I’d say more consistent than a lot of the stuff festivals have put online in the last year. Yet in any batch of films a few rise to the top. I’ve rounded up...

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    Sundance Video: Interview with Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - Directors of Finding North

    I caught up with 'Finding North' directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush at Sundance 2012. The two shared some great advice for being female in filmland, and reveal why an all-woman crew can sometimes get stuff that others can't. Their strong advocacy documentary "Finding N...

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    Which Documentaries Could Be Remade as Narrative Films?

    It doesn’t happen that often, but sometimes documentaries are adapted, or remade, into narrative films. That’s what we call the fully dramatized versions anyway, ignoring the fact that docs have narratives too. Past examples include Werner Herzog’s "Little Dieter Needs to Fly,...

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    Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

    Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.

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    Two Women Directed Films Get Deals

    Magnolia PIctures has picked up the documentary Queen of Versailles by Lauren Greenfield. Here's the description: the film "tells the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple who began building the largest home in America before the housing crash put the couple's fortune in jeopardy....

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    Trailer Watch: Doc "Pelotero" (Baseball Player), Dominican Players Try To Achieve Big League Dreams

    Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival late in the month, the 72-min documentary Pelotero, directed by Guagua Productions (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley) and narrated by John Leguizamo, is set in the Dominican Republican, where some kids begin baseball training at a youn...

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    "Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone" Makes Its US Television Debut Tonight On PBS

    Just a few days ago, Tambay announced the documentary that created a buzz on the film festival circuit, Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone, would be released on dvd next month (Feb.21).  Now comes word it will make its television debut tonight on the PBS series AfroPoP at 9:00pm/ET&PT...

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    "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" is a Casual Celebration of the '70s Fashion Designer

    There are few kinds of documentaries I dislike more than the amateur first-person film that pretends to be about a famous person (or persons) but really ends up being primarily about the self-involved director and his or her fandom (or investigative journey). The sort that begin with redundant narra...

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    Interview with Dori Berinstein - Director of Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

    Women and Hollywood: You've been a producer of Broadway shows for a number of years. How did you segue into becoming a documentary filmmaker?

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Red Tails" Watch "Wings for This Man"

    George Lucas is back with his first non-"Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" production in nearly 20 years, and it's a World War II actioner about the African American pilots and crewmen known as the Tuskegee Airmen. If you're already familiar with the history of these heroic men, by all means go see the ...

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