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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Who Doc 'Lambert & Stamp'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Who founding story "Lambert & Stamp," which debuted well at Sundance 2014. SPC will handle the release of cinematographer-turned-director James D. Cooper’s debut documentary in multiple territories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 4:39 PM
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Kino Lorber Dates Sundance Doc 'Who is Dayani Cristal,' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal (CLIP)

Kino Lorber has dated the Sundance prize-winning doc "Who is Dayani Cristal?," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, who is on a quest to reveal mysteries of the immigration trek into the U.S.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 1:21 PM
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Sundance Docs 'Rich Hill' and 'Last Days in Vietnam' Find Distribution

Two documentaries that premiered at this year's Sundance, Grand Jury winner "Rich Hill" and Rory Kennedy's "Last Days in Vietnam," have found distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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WATCH: Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks the Wildest Film Never Made in 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

The wonderful doc "Jodorowksy's Dune" arrives in theaters March 21. Here's a one-minute clip from the film to whet your appetite. Whether or not you're familiar with the "Dune" mythology, its production history, or the hypnotically bad trainwreck of a film taken away from David Lynch by the studios, there's plenty to enjoy in this tale of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy's labor of love that wasn't to be. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 1:46 PM
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REVIEW: SXSW Grand Jury Doc Winner 'The Great Invisible'

I was happy to see that Margaret Brown’s deserving documentary “The Great Invisible,” on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath, nabbed the Grand Jury award at this year’s SXSW. While the doc competition lineup was strong, Brown’s film displayed the tautest and most skillful chops in terms of dynamic storytelling -- something that’s become increasingly important with the abundance of documentaries being made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 12:53 PM
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SXSW Review: Can We Cure Aging? Absorbing Doc 'The Immortalists' Wants to Know

At an early point in David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s absorbing documentary and SXSW premiere “The Immortalists,” theoretical biologist Aubrey de Grey, who sports a beard of wizardly proportions, says, “I don’t want to end up here.” The “here” he speaks of so dismissively is a graveyard.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2014 3:46 PM
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BOND360's Marc Schiller on Why 'Particle Fever' Is the Future of DIY Film Distribution (TRAILERS)

Back in February, the Barnes Brothers attempted to shoot a documentary about the lives of Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook and other touring songwriters residing in the burgeoning East Nashville neighborhood. Well, they failed. Drugs and booze took over. What they ended up with is "East Nashville Tonight." "East Nashville Tonight'" provides "a wonderful opportunity to start to learn what works and doesn't work," says BOND 360 CEO Marc Schiller, "and also understand how to maximize the relationship we have with fans and audiences to grow the business."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2014 1:27 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Clip from SXSW World Premiere Doc 'Above All Else,' on Fighting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere doc "Above All Else," following one David Daniel as he attempts to rally neighbors and environmental activists alike to build a tree-top blockade of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Watch below, plus trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:32 PM
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Holocaust Survivor and Subject of Oscar Nominated Short Doc Alice Herz-Sommer Has Died at 110

Sadly, 110-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, subject of the Oscar nominated short documentary "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" died on the morning of February 23, just a week before the film about her extraordinary life heads to the Academy Awards. Herz-Sommer was the oldest living Holocaust survivor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 1:27 PM
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WATCH: Extraordinary 1991 Doc on White Supremacy 'Blood in the Face,' Now on YouTube

Back in 1991, when "Blood in the Face" -- the powerful documentary now available on YouTube -- had its H-Town premiere at the Rice University Media Center, I wrote this:
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • February 24, 2014 12:54 PM
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