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    An Injury to One is An Injury to All... Filmmakers

    Last October, I blogged about the belated--and much welcomed--DVD release of Travis Wilkerson's celebrated agit doc "An Injury to One," a stirring, compelling and formally innovative documentary about the lynching of a famous union agitator named Frank Little in Montana nearly a cen...

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    A Certain Tendency of the Documentary Cinema

    The celebrity-driven nonfiction film has become an unwelcome mainstray of the documentary form recently. Not only is Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") directing commercials for none other than public persona #1 Barack Obama, but a whole slew of pop-docs a...

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    "The Island President" Forced Out of Office at Gunpoint; Doc Filmmakers Respond to Unrest in Maldives

    The star of upcoming documentary favorite "The Island President," charismatic Maldives president and climate change crusaser Mohammed Nasheed, was forced to resign from office at gunpoint on Tuesday, according to an Op-Ed written by Nasheed that was published by the New York Times today...

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    Filmmaker Josh Fox Issues Statement About D.C. Arrest: "I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism."

    Earlier today, Oscar-nominated "Gasland" filmmaker Josh Fox had been arrested in Washington, D.C. and charged with unlawful entry after trying to film a House Science Committee hearing on fracking.

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    Strong Sundance Docs Raise Specter of Racism in U.S. and Abroad

    I haven't yet seen "Slavery by Another Name," a new documentary that's premiering in Sundance this week, but the title evokes a theme I've seen running through a number of docs at this year's festival: the prevalence of racism in the histories of America and other countr...

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    Watch: Newt Gingrich Goes Michael Moore on Mitt Romney

    Of all the people, Newt Gingrich has taken a page from Occupy Wall Street.

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    Will Sundance 2012 Docs Influence Debate on Poverty, Hunger, Economic Inequality?

    With the announcement of the Sundance competition on Wednesday, the documentary program -- as usual -- is newsworthy: 16 nonfiction films representing some of the most respected filmmakers of the form. As with past Sundance docs, there is a real chance to influence the national discussion on impo...

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    Palin Filmmaker Bannon Planning Doc on "Crony Capitalism"

    Right-wing doc-maker Steven Bannon is apparently at it again. After his Sarah Palin doc "The Undefeated" stirred up talk everywhere about the former Alaska governor's popularity (or not) as a viable political contender, Real Clear Politics reports that Bannon is planning on making a...

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    Occupy Wall Street: The Movie; Will There Be a Definitive Film of the Movement?

    So far, Occupy Wall Street has inspired a dozen prominent filmmakers, from Haskell Wexler to Jonathan Demme to Jem Cohen, to document the rising protest movement. And a handful of Hollywood and indie films, produced after the rebellion's rise, from "Margin Call" to "Tower Heist...

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    Corn to Be Wild: "Greasy Rider" Director Discusses his Cross-Country Biofuel Doc (Watch for FREE!)

    Blending elements of a cross-country travelogue and a chronicle of the grassroots effort to bolster the use of biofuel, JJ Beck and Joey Carey's "Greasy Rider" provides a number of faces for a political idea. The film is available to watch in its entirety, courtesy of SnagFilms.

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