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Heaven Ends With A Whodunnit: Docmakers Geller/Goldfine on Their Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

8:08 PM 3/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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“Why did everybody who intended to leave society take typewriters?” Daniel Geller asks. He and Dayna Goldfine stumbled on this question while they were reconstructing the story of the 1930’s Galapagos settlers for their documentary The Galapagos Affair . Couples and families fled their lives in the civilized world to live in paradise, but their story ends with the unsolved murder of a potentially fraudulent Baroness.

Review: Anita (A Phoenix From The Ashes)

7:46 PM 3/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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A portrait of a reluctant rights advocate and elegant exemplar, the documentary Anita checks in with Anita Hill two decades after her historic Supreme Court testimony indicting prospective Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Even in 1991, sexual harassment in the workplace was described—perhaps in the interest of courtroom neutrality—as one of a hundred un-pleasantries adults just have to suck up (no pun intended).

Review: 'The Unknown Known' Unravels Post-Vietnam Politics

10:13 AM 3/13/2014 by Jeff Giles
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It wasn't so long ago that documentaries had a reputation for being dry and boring, and their relatively recent ascension to mainstream entertainment status has a lot to do with the lively -- and occasionally aggressive -- filmmaking techniques employed by directors like Errol Morris. Famed for turning up fascinating stories in places both unexpected (Gates of Heaven; Vernon, Florida) and difficult (The Thin Blue Line).

Review: 'Soap Life' Takes a Clean Look at a Troubled Medium

9:27 AM 3/12/2014 by Jeff Giles
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They've been derided for decades and hunted to the point of extinction by television network executives, even as their storytelling tropes have been absorbed into the primetime lexicon and their audience has remained as steadfastly loyal as ever. If there's a type of show that needs defending in TV's current "golden era," it's the daytime soap, and director Sako Brockmann gives it a pretty good shot with Soap Life.
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Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders have partnered with director Michael Meredith for the documentary “Return to Timbuktu,” centered on Manny Ansar’s efforts to restore peace to Mali via music. Gibney has come board as producer and Wenders as an exec producer. Meredith and Wenders have been following Festival au Desert organizer Ansar around the world... 6 weeks 2 days ago via jetli

Fun In Your WORK Clothes

2:52 PM 2/21/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Moons ago, after a festival screening his documentary Professor, director Daniel Kraus and I huddled under an escalator for an interview. This feature was the third in his “Work Series” and I was terribly impressed. His professor teaches religion in an Iowa university and is ‘likely the only Jew these students have ever met.’ Regularly skirting controversy the guy moves at a constant buzz, and Kraus follows him in these long, slow, painterly takes—it’s like Kraus can be patient because the Professor can’t.
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Sundance: Roger Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' Lands at Magnolia (Exclusive)

feedproxy.google.com – The distributor beat out a number of suitors including IFC, Oscilloscope and The Weinstein Company. 10 weeks 2 days ago via theothersenhman

A Rollercoaster for Autodidacts: The Koyaanisqatsi Director on His Newest, Visitors

2:50 PM 1/31/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Godfrey Reggio was a Christian Brother (“a male nun”) for 14 years in New Mexico before directing arguably the most popular experimental feature ever: Koyaanisqatsi. Yet, Reggio doesn’t like the term “experimental” because it’s too scientific. His films, in particular his newest, Visitors, is “experiential. This is an extra-mental activity and knowing we’re all in rush hour traffic outrunning our futures I suggest to audiences it’s not their seat belt but their soul belt they have to put on to be open to this.”
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‘Linsanity’ is Slam Dunk in China

variety.com – “Linsanity,” the basketball documentary that was a sensation at last year’s Sundance, has been acquired in China by Metan Development. 11 weeks 2 days ago via jackiechan

Hot Lady Docs At SundanceNow

3:08 PM 1/10/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Jessica Yu’s 2007 documentary Protagonist can never get enough airplay for my taste, and thankfully Doc Club curator Thom Powers agrees, booking it with the dozen documentaries made by women in this month’s SundanceNow streaming titles. Every month SundanceNow spotlights a theme and January it’s women directors. SundanceNow offers services by single month, 6-month and year-long subscription installments so if you want to hold out for next month’s Oscar Dreams edition, the site can show you how.
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