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    Reality Checks: How DOC NYC Became a Major Showcase for Non-Fiction Film

    The festival wraps its fifth and most successful edition this week. Here's why it continues to thrive.

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    Is CPH:DOX Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It?

    For 12 years, CPH: DOX has forged new ground in conversations about documentary film. Here's why it still matters.

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    Reality Checks: Can 6 Great Docs Survive the Fall Oscar-Qualifying Crunch?

    There's no shortage of great documentaries this fall -- but that might be hurting their chances in the heat of awards season.

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    Reality Checks: How 'CITIZENFOUR' and Other Docs Are Protecting Themselves Against The Man

    Laura Poitras had to work carefully to avoid legal challenges while making "CITIZENFOUR." But she's not the only documentary filmmaker who has dealt with such concerns.

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    Reality Checks: Can One of the Year’s Best Docs Overcome Its Marketing Challenges?

    "The Overnighters" has received widespread critical acclaim. But that doesn't mean it's an easy sell.

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    Reality Checks: The Challenges of Toronto's Documentary Market

    The upcoming Toronto International Film Festival contains a lot of promising non-fiction films. But will they get the attention they deserve?

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    Reality Checks: Why the Director of 'Winter's Bone' Decided to Make a Documentary

    Deborah Granik tries out the documentary form with "Stray Dog."

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    Reality Checks: Can a Wave of Syrian Docs Wake Up Apathetic Americans?

    "We have the feeling that we failed," Syrian producer Charif Kiwan said in a recent conversation. "But we cannot give up yet."

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    Reality Checks: Four Major Documentary Filmmakers Have Died This Year. These Are Their Legacies.

    It always sucks when someone dies. But in the small world of documentary filmmaking, where the directors are a close-knit, dogged group, the loss of a fellow intrepid traveler is like losing a member of your extended family.

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    Reality Checks: Should the Tribeca Film Festival Abandon Its Fiction Films?

    Year after year, there are stellar nonfiction films from both experienced and emerging documentarians that come out of the festival.

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