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    SF Chronicle: A Voice for Outsiders Around the World

    When London documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto was a girl, her parents sent her to a remote Buckinghamshire boarding school, where the arbitrary rules and repressive atmosphere created a lifelong distrust of authority. Then, when she was 17, she ran away, ending up homeless on the streets of Europ...

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    The Guardian: Factory Fresh

    He is the man who gave us 15 minutes of fame and iconic images of soup cans and Marilyn. But what Andy Warhol really wanted was to be a Hollywood director. Anthony Haden-Guest and the survivors of the artist's circle revisit the underground, speed-fuelled days of the Screen Tests. The Guardian" look...

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    E Online: Wal-Mart Won't Quit "Brokeback"

    Wal-Mart has begun selling the DVD of Ang Lee's gay cowboy flick this week, despite vehement protests from the ultraconservative American Family Association. The world's largest retailer announced it will not only carry the Academy Award-winning film in all 3,900 U.S. locations, but the chain will a...

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    Focus Takes Worldwide Rights to Foulkrod's Doc, "The Ground Truth"

    Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature "The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends," which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Focus president James Schamus announced Monday. Cinetic brokered the deal with Focus, and the film is slated for a th...

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    "Old Joy" and "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, OR" Take Top Jury Prizes at Sarasota Film Festival

    Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy" and Peter Richardson's "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, OR" won the narrative feature competition and documentary feature competition respectively over the weekend at the Sarasota Film Festival in a gala presentation, which also honored Robert Altman, Robert Towne, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and producer Paula Wagner. Also taking special jury mentions were "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" by Cristi Puiu in the narrative category and Gary Tarn's "Black Sun" in the doc section. Sarasota's 2006 Independent Visions Competition Award went to "Find Love" by Erica Dunton and a special jury prize for screenwriting we...

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    AP: Theron Honored at Gay Media Awards

    Charlize Theron was honored with a top prize from the country's leading gay organization that monitors the media. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation presented its Vanguard Award to Theron at Saturday's 17th annual GLAAD Media Awards for increasing "visibility and understanding in the le...

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    Boot Camp: Mary Harron's "The Notorious Bettie Page"

    "The Notorious Bettie Page" opens with the declaration "HBO Films Presents," which may bode well if an incongruously letterboxed weekly serial were about to follow. The HBO aesthetic and sensibility have become overappreciated and tagged as something oddly rarefied, but basically it's nothing more t...

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    "Iraq in Fragments" & "Darryl Hunt" Win Full Frame Prizes

    James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments" won the grand jury award at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC today, while the audience award went to Ricki Stern & Annie Sunberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt." A special jury prize was presented to Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert's "A Lio...

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    DeVito/Clickstar Unveil VOD Doc Channel

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC today, Danny DeVito joined executives from ClickStar, Inc. to announce the launch of Jersey Docs, a new entertainment channel on Clickstar's broadband VOD entertainment site that will offer digitally downloadable docs. At a panel discussion on Saturday, company CEO James Ackerman talked with attendees about the new company (which was founded by Morgan Freeman and includes funding from Intel). Freeman, narrator of last years hit doc "The March of the Penguins," said in a statement: "Danny and I have known each other for years and we both share a passion for documentaries. I am thrilled...

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    First Person: Jim Mckay - The Fate of AIVF and the Question of Community

    While I have cherished the AIVF for years and benefited from the organization and my participation in it greatly, I feel that it has, for quite awhile now, consistently failed to live up to its mission. This is not necessarily the fault, as I see it, of any recent Executive Directors, staff members,...

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