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Reality Checks: Can 'Amy' Lead a Documentary Box Office Revival?

Reality Checks: Can 'Amy' Lead a Documentary Box Office Revival?

The acclaimed portrait of the late singer is the rare documentary to succeed…

Reality Checks: Is 'The Look of Silence' the Best Documentary of the Year?

Reality Checks: Is 'The Look of Silence' the Best Documentary of the Year?

The Joshua Oppenheimer sequel and festival favorite may have already…

Reality Checks: Do Celebrity Supporters like Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria Actually Help Documentaries?

Reality Checks: Do Celebrity Supporters like Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria Actually Help Documentaries?

You know their names. But does that mean you'll buy tickets to the…

Reality Checks: How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life

Reality Checks: How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life

The Toronto festival doesn't just celebrate non-fiction cinema. It highlight…

Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival

Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival

While it may have a rough time competing for narrative features, Tribeca has…

Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times

Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times

At a recent event in Chicago, filmmakers expressed their frustration with…

Reality Checks: How 'The Hunting Ground' Can Change the Conversation About Campus Rape

Reality Checks: How 'The Hunting Ground' Can Change the Conversation About Campus Rape

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are back to make a difference with their latest…

Reality Checks: Here Are the Most Exciting Documentaries of the Year So Far

Reality Checks: Here Are the Most Exciting Documentaries of the Year So Far

The lineups for True/False and MOMA's Documentary Fortnight provide a…

Reality Checks: Here's the Problem With Sundance's Documentary Programming

Reality Checks: Here's the Problem With Sundance's Documentary Programming

Sundance offers plenty of great documentaries -- but not always in the most…

Reality Checks: How Rich People Are Influencing the Documentary World

Reality Checks: How Rich People Are Influencing the Documentary World

"Filmanthropists" are changing the game for many documentary filmmakers.

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

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…

Is CPH:DOX Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It?

Is CPH:DOX Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It?

For 12 years, CPH: DOX has forged new ground in conversations about…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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

"The Overnighters" has received widespread critical acclaim. But that doesn'…

Reality Checks: The Challenges of Toronto's Documentary Market

Reality Checks: The Challenges of Toronto's Documentary Market

The upcoming Toronto International Film Festival contains a lot of promising…

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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…

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

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

Year after year, there are stellar nonfiction films from both experienced…