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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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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: At a Leading Doc Festival, Surveying the Global State of Documentary Film

    Some 600 Q & A sessions are ongoing throughout the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, yielding a considerable amount of doc talk at a festival with the slogan, "Film For Thought." Organizers kick-started the chatting over the weekend with a special "UnDebate" on the state of document...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Talking about "Elements" As 19th IDFA Kicks Off in The Netherlands

    Documentary filmmakers, buyers, sellers & funders of non-fiction films, festival programmers, journalists, and large general audiences have converged upon The Netherlands for the 19th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week. The leading documentary festival offers hundreds...

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    AP: Burns debuts new documentary, "The War"

    Two troubling statistics fueled the creation of "The War," the 14-hour documentary about World War II from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns thought he was done with war movies after his series, "The Civil War." But he changed his mind after realizing that America was losing its grip on the facts...

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    Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes" at Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jennifer Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes," based on the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky. In the words of an announcement today, "the film takes the viewer primarily to China, where Baichwal examines the rarely witnessed sites of that country'...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Harry Moses, director of "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?"

    "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?" director Harry Moses has spent his career in television and film, for the past 20 years on behalf of his company, The Mosaic Group, Inc. Prior to forming the company, Moses worked with CBS News, producing for "60 Minutes." Moses has been honored with Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on "60 Minutes." In his latest effort, Moses chronicles the story of Teri Horton, a 73 year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education who bought a painting in a thrift shop for...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Steve Anderson, director of "Fuck"

    Steve Anderson's provocative new documentary, "Fuck," debuted at AFI Fest exactly one year ago this week, a few months before it was acquired by ThinkFilm. The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding free expression in this country are among the topics explored in Anderson's new film. Through animated segments by Bill Plympton, and conversations with late author Hunter S. Thompson, filmmaker Kevin Smith, critic Michael Medved, columnist Judith Martin (aka "Miss Manners"), rapper Ice-T, porn figure Ron Jeremy, newsman Sam Donaldson, comedians Bill...

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