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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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    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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