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    Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction Death Match

    POV blogger Tom Roston (@docsoupman), an old colleague from Premiere, loves documentaries--in fact, he blogs about them. And while I enjoy digging into The Interrupters as much as the next cinephile, I love fiction films even better. So Roston challenged me to pit five fiction films, "whether they’v...

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    Indie Doc Double-Header: Battle for Brooklyn, Darwin Show Two Sides of America

    They say you can’t fight City Hall, but you wouldn’t know it watching Battle for Brooklyn (trailer here). There’s so much sparring in Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky’s new documentary about New York’s Atlantic Yards project that you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a screening of The Fighter . The opposing sides — the project developer, Forest City Ratner, and a grassroots organization that wants to sink said project, Develop Don’t Destroy — canvas, rally, plot, meet, speak, and, yes, battle over what city councilwoman Letitia James calls “the soul of Brooklyn.” It’s a credit to the filmmakers that Battle for Brooklyn convinces you they’re...

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    Racing Doc Senna Takes Banksy Indie Route: Opens Strong, Tries to Reel in Women

    The real question after this weekend's best doc opening of the year ($36,749 per screen average) for the Formula 1 racing doc Senna is why Working Title didn't put the movie out through Universal's specialty subsidiary Focus Features, which releases many of their smaller-scale films, including the u...

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    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: From Simone Weil to Kirk Douglas

    San Francisco critic Meredith Brody reports from the city's Jewish Film Festival:The graphics for this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival feature a number of inspiring calligraphed words, including faith, justice, courage, pleasure, passion, drama, family, transformation, and humor. The list ...

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    Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral "Three Act Drama"

    Sundance doc audience-award-winner Senna has been wowing fest crowds and European moviegoers in advance of its August 12 opening (via indie PDA). And motors are gunning on Peter Morgan's Formula 1 race car movie Rush, because low-budget indie doc Senna shows that the sky's the limit on what you coul...

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    Weekend Preview: The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Must-See is Formula 1 Doc Senna

    Girl of summer Emma Stone leads a strong cast in The Help, destined to please mainstream crowds but not necessarily critics and the Academy. Meanwhile, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the big screen for the first time since his Oscar-nominated role in 2010's The Social Network with what is meant to be lighter comedy fare--30 Minutes or Less--but the film is now mired in controversy. Working Title's racing doc Senna is a must-see, while The Last Circus is a "one-of-a-kind experience that will confound, befuddle and amaze," and Littlerock is a "little gem." Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and Final Destination 5 should pull younger audiences. Details, tr...

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    Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words; Join The Feminist Conversation

    HBO Documentary Films debuts Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words on August 15. Steinem's Women's Media Center is pushing the film as an opportunity for feminist discourse across generations. Steinem, who was a driving force in the modern feminist movement for forty years, hopes the film inspires people...

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    Video: Doc The Mindscape of Alan Moore

    You may or may not be fans of the movie versions of Alan Moore's great graphic novels, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen.

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    Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto

    Going on a quest for the "real" Sarah Palin sounds like setting out in pursuit of the Holy Grail—it's something that's guaranteed to be hard to find, if it exists at all. But Brit documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield tried to do just that in his drolly titled Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which Conten...

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    Toronto Unveils Doc Line-Up From Herzog, Spurlock, Wenders

    The Toronto International Film Festival offers a sprawling smorgasbord of more than 250 global offerings. IndieWIRE is continually updating the full line-up here. TIFF's full slate of documentaries--including films by Morgan Spurlock, Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Alex Gibney, Jonathan Demme, ...

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