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    "Informant": How Brandon Darby Went from Anarchist to F.B.I. Stool-pigeon

    One of the best political documentaries last year, "Better This World" examines the government's crackdowns on civil disobedience, the ubiquity of surveillance and the injustice of our justice system. One of the most compelling characters in that taut, tense story of two boyhood friends who go fr...

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    'Our Nixon' Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works

    After former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein used his "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Win Ben Stein's Money," and renowned financial journalism fame to launch a critique of Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye's new film "Our Nixon," the filmmakers have responded to Stein's critiques.

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    Privacy is Dead, According to New Round of Nonfiction

    A recent "Daily Show" report on the N.S.A. PRISM scandal was titled "Good News! You're Not Paranoid," which seems like an apt tag-line for a number of recent documentaries, from Cullen Hoback’s Terms and Conditions May Apply, which opens in New York on Friday, to Ben Lewis’ Google and the World Brai...

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    After PBS Controversy, "Citizen Koch" Filmmakers Turn to Kickstarter

    "Citizen Koch,” the documentary film about Wisconsin politics and the Citizens United decision, is turning to Kickstarter to cover the costs of music licenses, footage licenses, editing costs and other fees associated with readying the film for distribution. Problems with the film's distribution on ...

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    Why ITVS should be held accountable and "Citizen Koch" should be called "Citizen Corp"

    By not further commenting on its role to pull out of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's documentary "Citizen Koch," ITVS, the prominent independent documentary funding organization, is shooting itself in the foot—and potentially alienating filmmakers. When I reached out to ITVS for further comment on Jane M...

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    New Doc: Ex-Con Detectives Fight to Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted

    Jamie Meltzer, the director of "Informant," a recent favorite doc of mine which I called "a 'Fog of War' for the age of Occupy" about anarchist turned informant Brandon Darby, has a new project, looking for funds on Kickstarter, which seems worthy of our attention. Called "Freedom Fighters," the new...

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    Race, Class and Warfare at Tribeca

    One of the most powerful new documentaries at this year's Tribeca, Dan Krauss’s well-crafted and compelling investigative expose "The Kill Team," hits all the right buttons: political injustice, moral outrage, and emotional catharsis. Of all the films I've previewed from this year's festival, Krau...

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    "The Gatekeepers" and Israeli's Leftist Docu Wave

    Are Israel's acclaimed documentaries -- "The Gatekeepers" (which opens today in New York and L.A.), "5 Broken Cameras" and "The Law in These Parts" -- helping to swing public opinion in Israel to the left? That's the question I explore in my Docutopia colum...

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    Leftwing Doc-Makers No Longer Easy On Obama

    Are progressive documentary filmmakers finished with giving Barack Obama a free pass?

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