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    IDA 2011 Nominees and Hononory Awards; Les Blank Gets Career Award

    The International Documentary Association (IDA) has voted its nominations and honorary awards for their December 2 event at Los Angeles' Directors Guild. The Career Achievement Award will go to filmmaker Les Blank. Past recipients of the award include Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, and Michael Moore....

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    Academy's Rise of Non-Fiction Film: Golden Age of Documentary, Embracing Distractions, Oprah Wrong

    Beth Hanna reports back on the Academy's "Rise of Non-Fiction Movies" panel, considers the Golden Age of focumentary film, embracing the distractions, and why Oprah gets it wrong:

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    Cinema Eye Nominees Include Lauded Docs Senna, The Interrupters, The Arbor, Dragonslayer

    The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The...

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    GE and CINELAN Add Filmmakers to Focus Forward Three-Minute Film Initiative

    GE and CINELAN announce from The Doha Tribeca Film Festival that the following award-winning filmmakers will join Focus Forward, a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire: Lucy Walker (director, Waste...

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    KCET To Air Corwin Doc

    KCET is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin lef...

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    Herzog Talks Death Penalty Doc Into the Abyss, Myth of Indie Filmmaking, and Getting Shot At

    The 7th Annual Film Independent Forum (presented by indieWIRE) kicked off at the DGA Friday night with a screening of Drake Doremus' Like Crazy and a Saturday morning keynote Q&A with filmmaker Werner Herzog, covered by Sophia Savage:

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    Gotham Award Nominees Analysis: Three for Descendants, Martha Marcy; Two For Beginners, Take Shelter

    Where smaller indie features are concerned, awards like the Gothams and Indie Spirits--not to mention year-end critics groups and eventually, the craft guilds--make a huge difference in building momentum for breakthrough actors such as Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Amy Adams (June Bug), Jeremy Renner ...

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    EFA Nominates Pina, Positioning Among the Stars and ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! for Documentary Award

    The European Film Academy has nominated three films for the Documentary Prix Arte award, which will be given at their December 3 event in Berlin after the EFA's 2,500 members vote for the winner.

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    Pervert's Guide to Cinema's Fiennes and Zizek Reteam for Pervert's Guide to Ideology

    Sophie Fiennes has wrapped shooting The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, her new feature documentary collaboration with philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who has been called both “the closest thing philosophy has to a superstar” and “the undisputed spritz master of cinema studies.” The pair worked together on T...

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    Academy Shortlists Eight Doc Shorts

    The Academy documentary branch has selected eight documentary shorts from 35 eligible entries, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations on January 24. At this year's Ashland Film Festival, the best of ten doc shorts went to The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Moveme...

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