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    How Wenders and Father and Son Salgado Brought 'Salt of the Earth' to Life

    Wim Wenders loved the amazing photos of Sebastião Salgado and with his son Juliano shot the Sony Pictures Classics documentary "The Salt of the Earth," which is a strong contender for the Best Documentary Oscar.

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    Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Here's All the Advice You'll Ever Need

    Whether you're a first-time documentary filmmaker or a pro, you need to read this advice.

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    Arab Women Racing Doc ‘Speed Sisters’ Looks to Travel Beyond Doha

    The Doha Film Institute and festival director Fatma Al Remaihi made a canny choice in selecting “Speed Sisters” as their opening-night film at this year’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival (in its second year as replacement for Doha Tribeca).

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    Fiction Films that Blur the Line: Cinema Eye Honors' 2015 Heterodox Award Nominees

    The Cinema Eye Honors give awards not only to nonfiction films but hybrid fiction as well. How many awards can "Boyhood" win? It's one of five nominated for Cinema Eye's Heterodox award.

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    Netflix Producing Liz Garbus' Nina Simone Documentary for 2015

    Netflix continues to cement its status in the documentary world with the news that it is producing "What Happened, Miss Simone?," the latest documentary from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus.

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    Obsessed with 'Serial'? You'll Love These Documentaries

    If you're obsessed with the "Serial" podcast, you should check out these gripping documentaries, which deal with similarly murky issues involving guilt, innocence and the criminal justice system. They'll make you question your assumptions about human nature and drive you to dig deeper into the truth...

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    Academy Unveils Documentary Shortlist of 15

    The Academy's documentary shortlist of fifteen features has landed. Now they advance for Oscar nomination voting. Yes, 'Citizenfour' and 'Life Itself' are in there. It's a strong list.

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    In Indie Spirit Nominee 'Virunga,' Gorillas Caught in the Crosshairs of Corporate Greed

    If corporations are people, my friends, they’re the kind of people who make great movie villains. Especially in 'Virunga.' Which unfortunately isn’t a fiction.

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    Watch: Bing Crosby on PBS' American Masters (VIDEOS)

    Bing Crosby, like his "Holiday Inn' costar Fred Astaire, is remembered for his many iconic movie roles, while his abilities as a singer are often underestimated. Yes, every Christmas we are reminded that Crosby debuted the classic “White Christmas” in "Holiday Inn" and sang it for the rest of his li...

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    Can We Cure Aging? Absorbing Doc 'The Immortalists' Wants to Know

    At an early point in David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s absorbing documentary 'The Immortalists,' theoretical biologist Aubrey de Grey, who sports a beard of wizardly proportions, says, “I don’t want to end up here.” The “here” he speaks of so dismissively is a graveyard.

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