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    IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

    There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 I...

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    Producers Guild Announces Documentary Nominations

    The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has chosen its five documentary features to be voted on for best documentary. Last year, "The Kings Speech" won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures--the fourth year running that the Producers Guild pre...

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    Fifteen Docs Vie for Oscar Top Five; Wenders is In, Herzog is Out

    The Documentary Branch Screening Committee looked at the one hundred twenty-four pictures that qualified for the Oscar documentary short list, but only fifteen were chosen. Left out again is Werner Herzog, whose "Into the Abyss" seemed straightforward enough for the Academy, while his Germ...

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    Cinema Eye Honors Paradise Lost Filmmakers for Role in Freeing West Memphis Three: Hell Yeah Award

    Cinema Eye has named Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky the first recipients of their new Hell Yeah Prize, an award that celebrates "the Intersection of Great Nonfiction Filmmaking Art and Measurable Real World Impact." Berlinger and Sinofsky are getting the award for their HBO Films Pa...

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    Film Independent Spirit Awards' Jameson Grant: Accepting Submissions for Find Your Audience Award

    Film Independent's Spirit Awards is now accepting submissions for the Jameson FIND Your Audience Award, one of four filmmaker grants. The Jameson grant, in its second year and funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is designed to help build an audience for a feature length narrative or documentary ...

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    Online Constellation Launches TOP DOCS Screenings, Q & As

    Constellation, the new Virtual Theatrical Exhibition and online social media platform, is launching their first lineup of documentaries, TOP DOCS. It's a curated program for doc filmmakers to discuss their recent works via live online screenings. TOP DOCS launches November 3 with director Albert May...

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    Film Independent's LA Film Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest

    Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, running June 14-24, is in its 18th year. It will showcase programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, a music video section and short film...

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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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