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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dear Zachary" Director Kurt Kuenne

    In "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father," director Kurt Kuenne pays tribute to his murdered friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby. The woman who killed Bagby was pregnant with Bagby's son, Zachary, at the time of his murder, and Kuenne realized his film "would likely be the only way that little Zac...

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    REVIEW | Running Wild: Christina Clausen's "The Universe of Keith Haring"

    The best compliment that can be paid "The Universe of Keith Haring," a straightforward, fast-moving documentary about the Pennsylvania phenom who made his way from New York City bohemia to the art world and transcended all to become one of the most recognizable names in popular graphics in the late 20th century, is that it is as inspiring at the level of a cinematic portrait as its subject was at the level of pure creation. As directed by newcomer Christina Clausen, the film looks to Haring as an artistic role model for his preternatural talent, of course, but also for his infectious lust for life that had him as committed to social activism ...

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    iW NEWS | "Water" To Open DocSoup

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced that the 2008-09 Doc Soup series will open with the Canadian premiere of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Katrina doc "Trouble The Water." After the October 29, 2008 screening at the Bloor Cinema, Lessin and Deal will participate in a Q&A...

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    iW NEWS | Snag Makes Paley Partnership

    The Paley Center for Media (formerly known as Museum of Television & Radio) is deepening its relationship with SnagFilms. The union will give Snag a presence at the organization's DocFest and Paley's other events and initiatives and will also include outreach to the film community. Both sides emphasized that it would bolster the doc community by providing more outlets and opportunies for films and filmmakers. "As our organization continues to expand our role as a 'media connector', we are pleased to be able to help filmmakers better understand and become familiar with options for reaching ever larger audiences," said Paley president and CEO P...

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    REVIEW | Crash Landing: Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mou

    In his 1993 review of "Alive," a film based on the infamous 1972 true story of the survivors of a Uruguay rugby team that crashed in the Andes on their plane ride to a tournament, Roger Ebert wrote, "We care about the characters while we watch the movie. But at the end it all seems elusive. The movie characters complete their dreadful ordeal, but somehow, walking out, we feel the real Andes survivors would not quite recognize themselves." Ebert suggested that "Alive"'s problem was one of evocation: despite the attempt to impart what the survivors went through, their incredible physical endurance (72 days in freezing cold temperatures) and men...

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    iW NEWS | IDFA To Screen Geyrhalter's Top Ten

    Austrian doc director Nikolaus Geyrhalter has compiled his "Top 10" to screen as a special programme at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). He chose films that "have impressed him and that have played a role in his own development." These include Ulrich Seidl's "Good News: von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern," "Koyaanisqatsi," by Godfrey Reggio, and Peter Mettler's "Gambling, Gods and LSD." One fiction film found its way into the Top 10, Terrence Malick's "The New World." A number of Geyrhalter's own films will also be shown alongside, including "Pripyat," "Our Daily Bread," and his latest, "7915km," ...

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    iW NEWS | European Film Awards Announce Doc Nods

    The European Film Academy have announced the nominations for European Film Academy Documentary 2008 - Prix Arte. The ten nominees are Nino Kirtadze's "Durakovo - Le Village Des Fous," Carlos Saura's "Fados," Thomas Heise's "Kinder. Wie Die Zeit Vergeht," Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov's "Le Mere," Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," Pavel Koteck and Miroslav Janek's "Citizen Havel," Arto Halonen's "Shadow of the Holy Book," Helena Trestikova's "Rene" and Klaartje Quirijns' "The Dictator Hunter." This year's documentary jury will now convene in Berlin to screen the nominated films and decide...

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    REVIEW | Electoral High School: Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners"

    This year's race comes down to a clear choice between vitality and experience. On the one hand, you have a young outsider running on a ticket of change; on the other, an older, more experienced candidate who nonetheless wants to "raise the bar." The former is accused of being all style and no substa...

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    iW NEWS | Academy Announces Doc Short Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the field of Documentary Short Subject entries for the 81st Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations. The eight films are: "The Conscience of Nhem En," "David McCullough: P...

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    iW NEWS | "Episode 3" To Open IDFA

    Renzo Martens' "Episode 3" will have its world premiere on November 20, 2008, as the opening film of the 21st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Dutch artist Martens' film details how suppliers of African export product themselves hardly profit at all from the huge amounts of money made from their poverty. The festival's programmers said that questions examined in the film coincide with a "striking" amount of films at IDFA that deal with Africa and its perceptions in the West. The film, included in the IDFA First Appearance Competition, was pitched as a project at the FORUM in 2007. Martens' first film, "Episode 1," s...

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