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Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Director at DGA Awards (FULL WINNERS LIST)

Historically speaking, whoever wins the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director becomes the likely winner at the Academy Awards. This year, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron won the feature film prize at the DGAs and should start getting ready to say hello to Oscar. A live-blog of the winners below, plus the full list after the jump.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 26, 2014 1:58 AM
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The Directors Guild of America Documentary Five Have Landed

The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2013 have landed. All of these films have been lauded on the festival and awards circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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Sarah Polley Candidly Talks Must-See Memoir 'Stories We Tell' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, TRAILER)

Transparency is Canadian writer-actress-director Sarah Polley's credo, as you can see in our candid video interview about her memoir "Stories We Tell." When Polley showed the documentary she was stunned that when people came up to her afterwards it was not to talk about her family mysteries, but their own. It turns out that she struck a universal chord.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2013 1:09 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: O Canada! Fandor Heads North, and a Guide to Great Canuck Films on VOD

The SF-based streaming site Fandor has just launched a VOD service in Canada and in celebration, here's a guide to some of the best Canadian films you can currently stream in the US, from Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" to the films of Guy Maddin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 10, 2013 11:24 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Stories We Tell' Shows Initial Strength, Sole Successful Opening

So far the 2013 indie box office is running far behind last year--nothing comes close to 2012's booming "Best Exotic Marigold" or "Bernie," which were both standout performers far above this weekend's group of small-grossing releases, typical for this time of year. Few recent releases -- even those that had a glimmer of hope initially -- look to do as well as the best of a year ago. Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" opened to a promising response, and should appeal to main limited situations as opposed to being rushed out wide as most recent successes have.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 12, 2013 4:14 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sarah Polley's Lovely 'Stories We Tell' Pushes the Line Between Truth and Mythology

One of the best films to hit the fall 2012 festival circuit, Sarah Polley's documentary memoir "The Stories We Tell," is a portrait of the Canadian writer-director-actress's family history and secrets, and a personal exploration into the smudged line between truth and mythology. Watch the new trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2013 12:18 PM
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Roadside Grabs Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell' for 2013 Stateside Release

Roadside Attractions has landed, after an aggressive bidding war, all U.S. rights to Canadian actress-writer-filmmaker Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2012 5:39 PM
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Venice: Polley's 'Stories We Tell' Is Revealing & Affecting

With Toronto beckoning, I've had to bid a reluctant farewell to Venice where, as much as I liked "BAD 25", "The Iceman", "Disconnect", "Enzo Avitabile Music Life" and "The Master", my pick of the festival was undoubtedly "Stories We Tell". Sarah Polley's third feature as a writer-director – and first non-fiction film – is revelatory in multiple ways, not least as a deeply exposing journey into the heart of the actress' family and own identity.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 4, 2012 7:58 PM
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Sarah Polley's Family Mythology Documentary 'Stories We Tell' to Have Venice Premiere

Oscar nominee Sarah Polley's new documentary "Stories We Tell," a collaborative project with the National Film Board of Canada, will have its world premiere in the Venice Days program held during the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 12:50 PM
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Are Women Directors Entering a Golden Age? Studio 360 Talks to Shelton, Polley

Are we entering a golden age for women directors in Hollywood? I've been trying to figure out the troubled relationship between women and the film business for decades, so I unloaded for Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, who also talked with Sarah Polley and Lynn Shelton, about how the industry favors independents--as its glass ceiling remains intact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2012 2:35 PM
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