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    Happy Trails: Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains"

    Titled like an old-fashioned Western where a man in a white hat gallops in to save a town from ruthless villains, Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains" portrays the 39th president as an intrepid political lone ranger, unafraid of provoking discussion on sensitive international matters at an age when most retired representatives ride inoffensively into the sunset. Following Carter in autumn 2006 on a publicity tour in support of his controversial book "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," Demme reveals Carter as a highly intelligent, dedicated, religious, humble, and concerned man constantly engaged with the world around him, and for that...

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    AWARDS WATCH | AMPAS Streamlines Oscar Doc Rules

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules for qualification in the feature and short documentary categories at the 81st Academy Awards, eliminating the multi-city theatrical rollout requirement. "By eliminating the multi-city rollout requirements we have significantly simplified the Academy rules while still retaining the core intent to ensure that we honor nonfiction work created for theatrical distribution," said doc branch chair Michael Apted, in a statement. "We believe the new rules will successfully eliminate from consideration documentaries made principally for television, the Internet or anywhere else." The...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "For the Bible Tells Me So" Director Daniel Karslake

    Director Daniel Karslake's doc "For the Bible Tells Me So" revolves around the stories of of five conservative Christian families and explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state. The film explores the confrontation between religion and homosexuality Through the experiences of five Christian American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and others. The Sundance '07 film has taken audience prizes in Seattle, Milwaukee and Outfest. First...

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    "My Kid Could Paint That" Director Amir Bar-Lev

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where the film premiered.

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    "Hoop Dreams" Tops IDA's 25 Best Docs List; Morris' "Blue Line" #2

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced a list of the 25 best documentaries, as selected by its membership (and presented by Netflix). The IDA's 3,000 members, including filmmakers, executives and educators, named Steve James, Peter Gilbert and...

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    iW REVIEW | Gays and the Good Book: Daniel Karslake's "For the Bible Tells Me So"

    EDITORS NOTE: This review was originally published during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" Director AJ Schnack

    Director AJ Schnack's doc "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" is probably the closest thing to an autobiography by the former Nirvana lead singer as possible. The film draws upon a series of audiotaped conversations between Cobain and music writer Michael Azerrad over 1992 and 1993, recorded for Azerrad's bo...

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    SF360: SF Docfest, hitting you where you live

    Reality, generally considered over-rated by the moving-going public, is the unapologetic core of SF DocFest (Sept. 28-Oct. 10). But from its inception in 2001, SF Indie's (almost) annual documentary showcase (they skipped 2003) has eschewed the dry, serious, good-for-you associations which supposedl...

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    DOC COLUMN | Showing Movies, Making Change: P.O.V. at 20 Years

    As film lovers, we tend to remember our significant film moments. One such moment for me was Elizabeth Barret's "Stranger with a Camera." In it, Barret revisits the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a Kentucky local who was fed up with what he considered exploitation of people and poverty in his hometown. Barret, who grew up in Appalachia herself, uses her personal and regional history to explore the relationship between filmmaker and subject, with profound results. The story is at once personal to the filmmaker, and to me having grown up in West Virginia, while it also explores our nation's collective ambivalence and fascination with...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kamp Katrina" Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon

    Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, who collaborated on Redmon's directorial debut "Mardi Gras: Made in China" two years ago, bring a unique and extraordinary alternative to the increasing amount of Hurricane Katrina-related docs with "Kamp Katrina." The film follows two New Orleans citizens, c...

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