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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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    Tim Hetherington Among Finalists for Cinema Eye's Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award

    Cinema Eye names the eleven finalists for its Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. Five official nominees will be named on October 26, 2011, and a winner will be announced January 11 at the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. This marks the second year Cinema Eye has re...

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    Academy Celebrates Rise of Nonfiction: Doc Panelists Bar-Lev, Guggenheim, Stern

    "The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly e...

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    Trailer Watch: African Basketball Doc Elevate Echoes Hoop Dreams

    Here's the trailer for Anne Buford's Elevate to be released by Variance Films October 21 (NY) and November 4 (LA and expansion). The documentary follows West African teenagers with the height and dreams to play with the big boys in the NBA--but first they have to get a scholarship to study, live and...

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    Oscar Doc Race Does Not Favor Lookalikes

    In the Oscar documentary feature race, usually 80-90 films qualify for a shot at landing on the doc short list of 15. And when several films tackle similar themes and subjects, doc branch voters tend to pick one favorite. Take director/producer Michael King's Oscar-qualified The Rescuers, which I sa...

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    West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    The West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - just released from death row) will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s updated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

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    George Harrison: Living in the Material World Reviews: Still Hidden, Enigmatic, Quiet

    Like many boomers, I am a Beatles fan. I can sing every song on Beatles Rock Band, and grew up loving each Beatle in his own way: Paul's narcissistic sweet tenor, John's growly, witty edge, Ringo's underappreciated backbeat and soulful George. He was the gifted musician, the lead guitarist: he made ...

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    Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story

    The Tribeca Film Institute announces the first-ever grant recipients of the new Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. Six projects have each been awarded between $50-$100,000, and will participate in a three-day workshop run by Crossover Labs, to help their projects find their audiences. Recipients...

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    Werner Herzog Talks 'Into the Abyss,' Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves" (video)

    One reason that Werner Herzog's docs are so compelling and entertaining is that his powerful personality is all over them, commenting, narrating, querying. Herzog's docs, as lauded as they are, are often overlooked by the Oscar documentary branch, which nominated while Encounters at the End...

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