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Online Constellation Launches TOP DOCS Screenings, Q & As

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2011 at 12:23PM

Constellation, the new Virtual Theatrical Exhibition and online social media platform, is launching their first lineup of documentaries, TOP DOCS. It's a curated program for doc filmmakers to discuss their recent works via live online screenings. TOP DOCS launches November 3 with director Albert Maysles hosting a Q&A of Ellen Hovde's Grey Gardens (pictured).
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Constellation, the new Virtual Theatrical Exhibition and online social media platform, is launching their first lineup of documentaries, TOP DOCS. It's a curated program for doc filmmakers to discuss their recent works via live online screenings. TOP DOCS launches November 3 with director Albert Maysles hosting a Q&A of Ellen Hovde's Grey Gardens (pictured).

Details on how Constellation works is below, along with the rest of TOP DOCS screenings, which include Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol and Rob Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk.

As part of Constellation's regular programming, Channing Tatum will host two screenings of his film, The Eagle, on November 13 and 17. Tickets are $6.99 and available here.

HOW TO USE CONSTELLATION:
Constellation is your online movie theater.  Go to Constellation, pick a show time for a movie you want to see, buy your ticket, and invite friends to watch together.  If you can't find a show time you can make, just create your own.  It gets added to the schedule so others can discover films you like.  Many films have special VIP hosts who are LIVE in the theater, discussing their films via webcam with the live audience. 

Full TOP DOCS Schedule:

November 3rd, 2011, 7:30 PM Albert Mayles hosts Grey Gardens
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion.
 
November 4th, 2011, 7:30 PM Jeff Malmberg hosts Marwencol
After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
 
November 7th, 2011, 7;30 PM Eric Metzgar hosts Life.Support.Music.
The story of Jason Crigler, one of New York City's most sought-after guitarists, and his grueling journey after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage.
 
November 8th, 2011, 7:30 PM Chris Taylor hosts Food Fight
The story of American food culture in the 20th Century, and how, beginning in the 60's and early 70's, anti-war protesters in California gave birth to a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement.
 
November 9th, 2011, 8:00 PM We Hear Your Voice Founder, Marie Jose Poux and Producer Trace Sheenhan host Grace & Mercy
A beautiful portrait of a brother and sister who have dedicated their lives to rebuilding their country. GRACE & MERCY follows the tireless work of Marie Jose Poux, who runs an orphanage responsible for over 60 children, and her brother, Ben Constant, who is 'Mayor' of one of the largest tent cities in Haiti.
 
November 14th, 2011, 7:30 PM Carole Hart hosts For The Next Seven Generations
The story of 13 Indigenous grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, coming together at a historic gathering, to form  The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.  For the Next 7 Generations follows what happens when women unite.
 
November 16th 2011, 8:00 PM Rob Epstein hosts The Times of Harvey Milk
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
 
November 22nd, 2011 8:00 PM Michael Palmieri  and Donal Mosher host October Country
October Country is a beautifully filmed portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse.
 
November 28th, 2011 8:00 PM Eric Metzgar hosts Chances of the World Changing
An artist abandons his life's work to build an ark filled with hundreds of endangered animals. A story about time, death, art, love, and turtles.
 
November 29th, 8:00 PM Tia Lessen and Carl deal host Trouble the Water
A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.