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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: At a Leading Doc Festival, Surveying the Global State of Documentary Film

    Some 600 Q & A sessions are ongoing throughout the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, yielding a considerable amount of doc talk at a festival with the slogan, "Film For Thought." Organizers kick-started the chatting over the weekend with a special "UnDebate" on the state of document...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Talking about "Elements" As 19th IDFA Kicks Off in The Netherlands

    Documentary filmmakers, buyers, sellers & funders of non-fiction films, festival programmers, journalists, and large general audiences have converged upon The Netherlands for the 19th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week. The leading documentary festival offers hundreds...

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    AP: Burns debuts new documentary, "The War"

    Two troubling statistics fueled the creation of "The War," the 14-hour documentary about World War II from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns thought he was done with war movies after his series, "The Civil War." But he changed his mind after realizing that America was losing its grip on the facts...

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    Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes" at Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jennifer Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes," based on the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky. In the words of an announcement today, "the film takes the viewer primarily to China, where Baichwal examines the rarely witnessed sites of that country'...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Harry Moses, director of "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?"

    "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?" director Harry Moses has spent his career in television and film, for the past 20 years on behalf of his company, The Mosaic Group, Inc. Prior to forming the company, Moses worked with CBS News, producing for "60 Minutes." Moses has been honored with Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on "60 Minutes." In his latest effort, Moses chronicles the story of Teri Horton, a 73 year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education who bought a painting in a thrift shop for...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Steve Anderson, director of "Fuck"

    Steve Anderson's provocative new documentary, "Fuck," debuted at AFI Fest exactly one year ago this week, a few months before it was acquired by ThinkFilm. The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding free expression in this country are among the topics explored in Anderson's new film. Through animated segments by Bill Plympton, and conversations with late author Hunter S. Thompson, filmmaker Kevin Smith, critic Michael Medved, columnist Judith Martin (aka "Miss Manners"), rapper Ice-T, porn figure Ron Jeremy, newsman Sam Donaldson, comedians Bill...

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    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" Opens 13th Sheffield Docfest

    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" opened the 13th edition of the Sheffield Documentary Festival Monday night, ushering in a program of 93 films from 23 countries, including nine world and 24 U.K. premieres. "Paul Weller" features the music icon telling much of his own life story and contains interviews w...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Barbara Kopple, co-director of "Shut Up & Sing"

    Barbara Kopple is anything but a stranger to the world of documentary film, having accomplished notoriety in the genre, directing "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1977. Kopple again took the Oscar for best doc (shared with Arthur Cohn) in 1991 for ...

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    Zeitgeist Gets U.S. Rights to "Into Great Silence"

    All U.S. rights to Philip Groening's "Into Great Silence" have been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. The company brokered the deal with Bavaria Film International. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won the documentary World Cinema special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. The company is planning a late February/early March 2007 release. Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schaumann of Bavaria Film International. The company also worked with Bavaria Film on "Nowhere In Africa," winner...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Doug Block, director of "51 Birch Street"

    With the alluring tagline, "Do you really want to know your parents?" Through a close examination of his own family, filmmaker Doug Block explores universal questions about our own mothers and fathers in his new film "51 Birch Street." As indieWIRE documentary columnist Jonny Leahan wrote about the ...

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