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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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Alison Chernick, Director of "Matthew Barney: No Restraint"

    Director Alison Chernick's documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" captures the famed American artist (best known on screen for his five-part "visual opera" the "Cremaster" series) as he creates his latest "Drawing Restraint 9" series. The film profiles the artist and includes an interview with pop star Bjork who is married to Barney and appears in his 2006 experimental film, "Drawing Restraint 9." Hailing from television, Chernick first directed a doc on artist Jeff Koons in 2004. In this interview with indieWIRE, Chernick shares how she "unlearned" some techniques for this project, her challenges with "Japanese formality," and her fortun...

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    Full Frame Takes 10 for '07 Fest

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has asked ten filmmakers, writers and producers have been invited to select a doc "that has spoken to her or him during this time about our culture and the art of documentary filmmaking" for its tenth anniversary event taking place April 12 - 15. The Ten include St. Clair Bourne, Charles Burnett, Ariel Dorfman, Cara Mertes, Walter Mosley, Michael Moore, Mira Nair, D.A. Pennebaker, Julia Reichert, and Martin Scorsese. According to Full Frame, "the challenge given to the curators was to choose a film, not necessarily made in the past decade nor even shown at the festival, that in some way illuminates the...

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    "Iraq In Fragments" Wins IDA Prize

    James Longley's "Iraq In Fragments" won the best film prize at the 2006 International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards Gala on Friday night in Los Angeles. The film, a big winner at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is a doc looking at the lives of Iraqis. In other awards, "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim received the Pare Lorentz Award, an activist prize, while the IDA Career Achievement Award went to Haskell Wexler. The Courage Under Fire Award went to Andrew Berends for "The Blood of My Brother," and Christopher Quinn received the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary ...

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    IDFA '06: On the Brink of Change, 19th Annual Amsterdam Doc Fest Wraps; "The Monastery" and "We Are

    A favorite of many attendees at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this year, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer's "The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun" won the award for best documentary in the festival's Joris Ivens Competition. IDFA awarded a 12,500 euro prize to the Danish documentar...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA | New DocAgora Considers Distribution and Digital Media at 1st Event

    The first annual DocAgora forum convened Thursday morning at theInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Conceived by organizers Peter Wintonick, Amit Breuer, Fleur Knopperts and Joan Morselt as a compact one-day conference on creating, funding and distributing docs in the age of digital ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mystelle Brabbee, Director of "Highway Courtesans"

    Director Mystelle Brabbee's doc "Highway Courtesans" follows independent minded Guddi from 16 to 23 ass she begins to question a centuries-old tradition of sanctioned prostitution that started with palace courtesans and now forms the economic core fo her community. Though the village girls willingly...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Inside the Forum, Pitching New Docs and Scoring The Euros

    While audiences make their way in and out of IDFA screenings at the City Theaters on Amsterdam's busy Leidseplein, a select group of festival attendees have spent the last few days down the street at the Paradiso, a popular local concert venue. On the first level of the auditorium, seated at tables arranged to form a wide hexagon ringing the floor of Paradiso, are a handful of international commissioning editors -- Nick Fraser from BBC Storyville, Cara Mertes from Sundance Institute, Nancy Abraham from HBO (and so on). The funders listen intently as independent filmmakers and producers (sometimes alongside other commissioners who have already...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: "Together" Tops at IDFA (So Far); and Berliner's Best

    A number of films have stirred audiences and industry alike here at IDFA this year and based on informal surveys of insiders attending the festival, the taste of general attendees seems to be in line with that of the professionals. Perhaps the most buzzed about title at mid-week is Paul Taylor's deb...

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    DOC COLUMN: Oscar Gets Political, Salutes Women: Tracking the Oscar Short List

    Two weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 feature-length documentaries that made their "short list"--of which five will be nominated at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Appropriately, this year's list is a timely snapshot of where we are as a country, mirrored in...

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