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    True/False Film Fest Kicks Off Third Year with "Game," "Darryl Hunt"

    The True/False Film Festival, which showcases "nonfiction with strong narratives or invested with a social mission," will open its 2006 edition today (Thursday). The festival will run February through Sunday in Columbia, Missouri. The festival's 36 feature documentaries include opening night's "The ...

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    A&E & IDA Award Grant to "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me"

    Feature doc production arm A&E IndieFilms and The International Documentary Association have announced the first A&E IndieFilms / IDA Documentary Finishing Grant to Affinity Films. The $25,000 grant will be used to complete its feature, "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me." The film, produced and directed by Mary Katzke, and produced by Deborah Schildt, is described as the story of, "an Alaskan woman who sustained third degree burns over her back, legs, arms, face and head, losing fingers, an ear and half her scalp after being thrown into a campfire by her own mother at the age of 10 months. Now 26, Gwen has embarked on a quest for answers." For mor...

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    Eugene Jarecki Proves Ike Was Right In "Why We Fight"

    On the evening of January 19, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke from the Oval Office for the last time as president. In his farewell address he warned of a "military-industrial complex" that was taking form and if not controlled could threaten democracy as we know it. At the time his remarks may have...

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    LOOKING BACK AT '05: Despite Challenges, Documentaries Thrive

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the third in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005. Additional articles in this series will be published all next week.]

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    5 Questions for Grace Lee, Director of "The Grace Lee Project"

    However much we might deny it, most of us probably fit some stereotype, whether it's through our geographic origin, income level or some physical attribute that we refuse to change through cosmetic surgery. What do you do, however, when people stereotype you as being "nice," "quiet" and "gentle"? An...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    Koch Lorber Films has announced a deal for U.S. and Canadian theatrical and DVD rights to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis." The film, produced by Steve Shainberg, shared the International Documentary Association's top prize for best documentary this year, to be presented tonight (December 9th)...

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    "Grandmother'" Wins IDFA Jury Prize, "Sisters" Tops With Audiences in Amsterdam

    The 2005 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam wrapped up this weekend with Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" (La Casa de Mi Abuela) awarded the VPRO Joris Ivens Award for best feature film in competition. The Spanish documentary is story of a grandmother and her grandchild living life i...

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    IDFA Award Nominees

    From the IDFA website, the nominees for this year's IDFA prizes are: For the VPRO Joris Ivens Award - the best long documentary: "China Blue" by Micha X. Peled (USA, 2005), "My Grandmother's House" by Adan Aliaga (Spain, 2005), and "Le Voyage des Femmes de Zartale" by Claude Mourieras (France, 2004). For the Silver Wolf, the award for the best short documentary: "Before flying back to the Earth" by Arunas Matelis, (Lithuania, Germany, 2005), "Chicken Elections" by Goran Radovanovic (Serbia, Montenegro, 2005) and "Svyato" by Victor Kossakovsky (Russia, 2005). And nominations for the First Appearance Award, the best debut, are: "The Angelmakers...

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    "Capote" and "Murderball" Win Top Gotham Awards; "Squid" & "Sex Addict" Also Honored

    Bennett Miller's "Capote" and Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" were among the big winners Wednesday night at the annual Gotham Awards, nabbing the Best Feature and Best Documentary awards respectively at a ceremony hosted this year by actress Kyra Sedgwick and presented by the I...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week takes an inside look at how the country's Israeli Defense Force, with 40,000 troops, evicted 8,000 settlers from their homes, but maintained a pledge that no Jewish blood would be shed in the process. U.S. cable networks beamed sensational and emotional images live to the States as t...

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