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    More Than 180 Films Set for 8th Thessaloniki Doc Fest

    A whopping 184 films are set to screen at this year's Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, opening tonight (Friday) in the northern Greek city. The 8th annual doc event, kicking off this evening with Simone Aaberg Kaern & Magnus Bejmar's "Smiling In A Warzone -- And the Art of Fl...

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    National Film Board of Canada Awards Two Filmmakers with Feature Documentary Fund

    The National Film Board of Canada announced its two winners for the Feature Documentary Fund, which awards filmmakers $800,000 towards the production of their documentary. This year's chosen projects were "Basement Tapes," directed by Brett Gaylor, and "Love at the Starlite Motel," by Alison Rose. "Basement Tapes" explores the corporate control of music in the record industry and then advocates for a free public domain where people can create and share music online without getting stopped by copyright laws. The other winning documentary, "Love at the Starlite Motel," comments on Latin American attitudes towards love and sex. The film takes a ...

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    At a Young Missouri Doc Fest, Exploring The Balance Between True and False

    For the third year in a row, more than 50 documentary filmmakers, producers and their subjects converged upon a mid-Missouri college town for an intriguing young film festival aimed at embracing the changing face of documentary and cultivating an audience for the films. The True/False Film Festival ...

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    Anger Management: Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    How ironically fitting "Our Brand Is Crisis" should open the same weekend as the Academy Awards. While Hollywood will undoubtedly give itself a big ol' pat on the back for recognizing the progressive messages of four of its five Best Picture noms, the immediate cultural and political challenges thes...

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    True/False Film Fest Kicks Off Third Year with "Game," "Darryl Hunt"

    The True/False Film Festival, which showcases "nonfiction with strong narratives or invested with a social mission," will open its 2006 edition today (Thursday). The festival will run February through Sunday in Columbia, Missouri. The festival's 36 feature documentaries include opening night's "The ...

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    A&E & IDA Award Grant to "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me"

    Feature doc production arm A&E IndieFilms and The International Documentary Association have announced the first A&E IndieFilms / IDA Documentary Finishing Grant to Affinity Films. The $25,000 grant will be used to complete its feature, "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me." The film, produced and directed by Mary Katzke, and produced by Deborah Schildt, is described as the story of, "an Alaskan woman who sustained third degree burns over her back, legs, arms, face and head, losing fingers, an ear and half her scalp after being thrown into a campfire by her own mother at the age of 10 months. Now 26, Gwen has embarked on a quest for answers." For mor...

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    Eugene Jarecki Proves Ike Was Right In "Why We Fight"

    On the evening of January 19, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke from the Oval Office for the last time as president. In his farewell address he warned of a "military-industrial complex" that was taking form and if not controlled could threaten democracy as we know it. At the time his remarks may have...

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    LOOKING BACK AT '05: Despite Challenges, Documentaries Thrive

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the third in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005. Additional articles in this series will be published all next week.]

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    5 Questions for Grace Lee, Director of "The Grace Lee Project"

    However much we might deny it, most of us probably fit some stereotype, whether it's through our geographic origin, income level or some physical attribute that we refuse to change through cosmetic surgery. What do you do, however, when people stereotype you as being "nice," "quiet" and "gentle"? An...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    Koch Lorber Films has announced a deal for U.S. and Canadian theatrical and DVD rights to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis." The film, produced by Steve Shainberg, shared the International Documentary Association's top prize for best documentary this year, to be presented tonight (December 9th)...

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