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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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    iW NEWS | "Chelsea," "Kassim" To Open DocFest

    The 7th annual Documentary Film Festival (DocFest) has announced its programming, screening 60 films over three weeks. The opening night films will be Abel Ferrera's "Chelsea on the Rocks," a history of Manhattan's The Chelsea Hotel, and Kief Davidson's "Kassim the Dream," the story of World Champion Boxer Kassim "The Dream" Ouma. The fest will close with Nina Davenport's "Operation Filmmaker." Other films include Jeruschka White and Caryn Capotosto's "Come on Down! Come on Down! The Road to the Price is Right," Melody Gilbert's "Disconnected," Liz Welch Tirrell's "The Long Haul," B. Douglas Robbins' "Debate Team," and Kristy Guevera-Flanag...

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    REVIEW | Jesus Fish in a Barrel: Larry Charles's "Religulous"

    Bill Maher has had quite a run. Fourteen years have passed since "Politically Incorrect" saved him from Shannon Tweed vehicles and endless stand-up. A Washington meets Hollywood twist on the McLaughlin Group, "PI" proved surprisingly durable for Comedy Central before losing steam (and some bite) on ...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Goes To "Prison"

    Marc Evans's "Prison My Whole Life" has been acquired by Sundance Channel. The film follows William Francome's investigation into the arrest of Mumia Abu Jamal, famed death-row prisoner and award-winning Black Panther journalist. The film will premiere on Sundance Channel on Monday, December 8th. ...

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    Youssou NDour Doc Coming to America; Oscilloscope Gets U.S. Rights

    Chai Vasarhelyi's doc about Senegalese musician Youssou NDour and his struggle to release his controversial "Egypt" album has been acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures. Fresh from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals where the documentary debuted in conjunction with live co...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell" Director Matt Wolf

    Matt Wolf makes his feature directorial debut with the documentary "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell." The film celebrates Arthur Russell, an important figure from New York's downtown music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. The film features commentary from people such as Allen Ginsberg, ...

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Makes Oct. 31st Date for "Dear Zachary"

    Oscilloscope Pictures has acquired North American rights to Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary." The Slamdance Film Festival debut, which also screened at SXSW, is described as "a uniquely intense and personal documentary," in the form of a letter to the filmmaker's father, "about the murder of [the filmmaker's] oldest friend and the unbelievable legal and emotional madness that ensued." It is the first film under the MSNBC Films banner and recently qualified for Oscar consideration after screening at IDA's DocuWeek last month. Josh Braun of Submarine repped the filmmaker and negotiated the deal with David Fenkel for Oscilloscope. The film is set fo...

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    IW NEWS | "World" To Open Fall "Stranger Than Fiction" Series

    "Stranger Than Fiction," the weekly documentary film series at New York's IFC Center programmed by Thom Powers, will launch its eighth season on September 23, 2008 with a sneak preview of Dan Stone's "At The Edge of the World." "World" is one of three STF titles playing as sneak previews following their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. The others are Richard Parry's "Blood Trail" (on October 14) and Keven McAlester's "The Dungeon Masters" (on November 11). The STF fall season takes place at the IFC Center every Tuesday night at 8 pm for ten weeks, through November 25. For a season schedule, please visit this webs...

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