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    Toronto: HBO Documentary Films Grabs Nick Broomfield's 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired US rights to vet Nick Broomfield's chilling true crime document "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" out of Toronto.

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    Netflix Commits to First Original Docu-Series, David Gelb's 'Chef's Table'

    We've recently written about how Netflix is diving deeper into documentaries with acquisitions of issue-driven documentaries such as "Virunga." As a further sign of their commitment to the genre, the streaming service will debut its first docu-series, "Chef's Table," a six-part series from the direc...

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    Watch: 'Hoop Dreams' and 'Thin Blue Line' Headline SundanceNow Doc Club's 'Documentary Essentials'

    A newly remastered HD version of "Hoop Dreams" is one of seven documentary titles that make up SundanceNow Doc Club's September collection.

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    Screen Talk: Telluride and the Oscars, from 'Birdman' to 'The Imitation Game'

    On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate new movies "Wild," "Imitation Game" and "Birdman"--and which ones will have an impact on this year's Oscar race.

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    Here's the Story Behind The Powerful Documentary 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost for Life'

    Following its recent top-selling iTunes debut and as part of a 57-countries broadcast schedule, "Kids Behind Bars: Lost for Life" makes its U.S. broadcast premiere on Monday, September 1 at 9pm ET/8pm CT, exclusively on Lifetime Movie Network. Indiewire recently spoke to the film's director about th...

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    Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

    You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."

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    Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

    "There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."

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    Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

    As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is...

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    How David Byrne Collaborated with Jonathan Demme on 'Stop Making Sense' (VIDEO)

    Talking Heads' David Byrne presented the restored music documentary of the legendary performances in "Stop Making Sense" at Lincoln Center last week and submitted to a Q & A. In the clip below, he talks about how he and director Jonathan Demme collaborated on bringing the stage show to the screen wi...

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    9 Documentary Directors Who've Made the Leap to Narrative (or Vice Versa)

    Documentary filmmakers are a special breed - and yet, despite (or maybe because of) their unique skill set, a select group has made the leap to narrative features-- including, most recently, R.J. Cutler, whose narrative feature film debut, "If I Stay," hits theaters tomorrow. In some cases, the tran...

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