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A Guide to the Oscar Short List of Eight Documentary Shorts (TRAILERS)

The documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from 40 eligible entries for the 86th Academy Awards. Three to five will earn Oscar nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2013 4:18 PM
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As Physics Nobel Prize Awarded for Higgs Boson Discovery, Buzzy Doc 'Particle Fever' Lands 2014 Distribution (CLIP)

This morning, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their discovery of the Higgs boson, aka the elusive "God Particle." In timely fashion, the stateside theatrical distribution of documentary "Particle Fever" has been announced, kicking off a week run at Film Forum on March 5, 2014. Watch a clip, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:57 PM
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WATCH: Exclusive Clip for Documentary on Legendary Songwriter 'AKA Doc Pomus'

Check out an exclusive clip for documentary "AKA Doc Pomus," on legendary New York songwriter Doc Pomus, which hit theaters in New York October 4, and will open in Los Angeles October 11.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 7, 2013 1:50 PM
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First Annual La Costa Film Festival Debuts October 24 with 'The Short Game' and Sports Film Competition

The first annual La Costa Film Festival, set at the lush Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California, gets underway on October 24 with an Opening Night Gala under the stars followed by three days of international narrative and documentary features and shorts as well as a sports-themed competition. It includes the fest opener, the golfing documentary "The Short Game," executive produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, which follows eight of the best seven-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2013 7:35 AM
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Talking Doc 'Valentine Road': Shedding Light on a Gay Teen's Murder and its Troubling Legal Aftermath

Director Marta Cunningham and producer Sasha Alpert discuss their documentary "Valentine Road," which debuts October 7 on HBO, and takes an impressively even-handed, clear-eyed look at the murder of gay teen Lawrence King, and the subsequent trial faced by his shooter, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 7, 2013 6:30 AM
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Weinsteins to Release '12-12-12,' Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert Doc, in November

The Weinstein Company will release their Hurricane Sandy benefit concert documentary, “12-12-12,” in New York and Los Angeles on November 1. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the show, which took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 1:48 PM
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TCM Announces 'Oscar,' New Documentary on History of the Academy Awards, to Premiere in February 2014

As part of TCM's annual "31 Days of Oscar" showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary "Oscar," which traces the history of the Academy Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 2:41 PM
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CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Doc, Director Charles Ferguson Steps Down: "Nobody was interested in helping me make this film" UPDATE

UPDATE: CNN Films has decided to cancel its upcoming documentary on Hillary Clinton. The director tied to the project, Charles Ferguson (2011's Oscar-winning "Inside Job"), has stepped down due to mounting political pressures.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 11:42 AM
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Camden International Film Festival: An Autumnal Retreat for Documentary Lovers

Imagine Telluride. Except in Maine. In the fall. With foliage. And documentaries only. And without the Donner Party-style travel arrangements. What you have is the Camden International Film Festival, which over this coming long weekend (September 26-29) is going to subject its patrician, New England Presbyterian audience to tales of Indonesian genocide, Afghanistan war crimes, lobster atrocities and Michelle Bachmann.
  • By John Anderson
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  • September 24, 2013 12:30 PM
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Sackler Talks Astonishing TIFF Doc 'Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus'

I learned a lot of things I did not know in Madeleine Sackler's astonishing documentary "Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus," which HBO Documentary Films scooped up before its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. (HBO will air the film in 2014.) The weird title starts to make sense when you see the movie, which chronicles the many hurdles placed in front of an underground theater troupe, the Belarus Free Theatre.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2013 2:25 PM
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