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    DOC COLUMN: Fests Bring Out the Docs in March

    It wasn't too many years ago that March was considered a relatively quiet month for North American film festivals, but these days there may not be such a thing as a "quiet" month, given the proliferation of important festivals spread throughout the year. With increasingly high quality programming a...

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    In Missouri, T/F Fest Set for Fourth Annual Doc Fest

    Boasting a new crop of documentaries that are fresh from recent festivals like Sundance and Toronto, as well as others that are, in the words of organizers, "appearing mysteriously before their official premieres elsewhere," the 2007 True/False Film Festival opens Thursday (March 1) in Columbia, MO at five venues around the Midwest college town. David Sington's "In The Shadow of The Moon," the new space travel documentary that debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will open the festival at the local Missouri Theater, kicking off a weekend of screenings, panels, parties and special events celebrating non-fiction films and filmmakin...

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    Barbet Schroeder Doc at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has confirmed its deal for Barbet Schroeder's feature-length doc, "Terror's Advocate," in a deal with sales company Wild Bunch. The film, produced by Rita Dagher is about Jacques Verges, described by Wild Bunch as, "the highly controversial French lawyer, war veteran, revolutionary, agitator and intellectual popularly known as 'The Devil's Advocate'." The controversial figure is known for, in the words of the company, "his persistent defense of those many perceive as the indefensible." In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said, "We're very excited to be co-producing 'Terror's Advocate' with Barbet Schroeder and W...

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    Steger Foundation Set to Explore Global Warming

    The Will Steger Foundation has announced the first project for its Global Warming 101 environmental education initiative and the production of a documentary, "Baffin Island Expedition '07: The Explorers." The film will track Sir Richard Branson, his son Sam and Mount Everest mountaineer Ed Viesturs on a journey across 1,200 miles to remove villages, set to conclude in May in Iglulik with an acoustic concert. "This film will be bold in its message - that climate change is real and causing irreparable harm to people and wildlife," said Steger, in a statement. "We want viewers to discover the truth for themselves about the effects of global warm...

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    Fortissimo Sells Scorsese's Stones Doc to Fox for UK, Australia, New Zealand

    Twentieth Century Fox International has announced a deal for UK, Australia and New Zealand rights to Martin Scorsese's new untitled Rolling Stones documentary, in a pact with Fortissimo Films. Scorsese began making the doc in October at the Beacon Theater in New York City where the Stones performed a show in front of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and other notables. Cinematographer Robert Richardson supervised the camera team and Scorcese is currently in post-production with David Tedeschi editing the film (the two also worked together on "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"). The project will include historical and current behind-the-scenes f...

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    "Wordplay" Team Tackling U.S. Debt in New Doc

    "Wordplay" creators Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley have set their sights on a new documentary subject, namely the United States federal debt. Through their O'Malley Creadon Productions, the filmmakers are set to begin a new movie on the subject, produced by Open Sky Entertainment. In the words of an announcement, "the new documentary will examine the ever-expanding U.S. federal debt and its implications for the nation's future." It will be loosely based on the writings of Bill Bonner, Addison Wiggin, and Kate Incontrera, who are editors of the financial newsletter The Daily Reckoning. Creadon will write and direct the documentary, wit...

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    Australian Doc Conference Spotlights Guests at Upcoming Event

    Filmmakers Fredrik Gertten ("The Socialist, The Architect and the Twisted Tower," Sweden), Rolf de Heer ("Ten Canoes," Australia), Australian film historian Dr. Paolo Cherchi Usai and director Leonard Retel Helmrich ("Promised Paradise," Netherlands) will be "special guests" of the 20th Australian ...

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    Hot Docs to Host International Delegations at Upcoming Event

    Hot Docs will host official delegations from Germany, Italy and Brazil at its upcoming festival and conference, April 19 - 29. The delegations, each a total of approximately 20 - 30 established producers and broadcasters working in social, cultural and political documentary genres, will partake in networking opportunities, market events and conference sessions, including the Toronto Documentary Forum, Hot Docs' renowned international co-financing market event. International Co-Production Day, taking place April 23, 2007, is a day-long gathering of Canadian and international producers. Featuring case studies, producer-to-producer meetings, and...

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    DOCS MONTHLY | February Film Series: Museums Breathe New Life into Documentaries

    For those who long ago gave up on finding diverse programming at your local multiplex, a trip to the nearest arthouse cinema is usually the solution to finding unique film fare - especially for fans of documentaries. But when the mood calls for something a bit more esoteric, art museums are increas...

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    Looking Back at '06: Music and Politics Dominate Documentaries

    2006 spawned a wealth of excellent documentary films, a high percentage of which dealt with either matters of music or politics--and many even combined the two themes. But high quality and critical praise did not necessarily translate into huge box office numbers. Four of the year's most lauded musi...

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