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In the Works: Documentary on Disney's Imagineers (TRAILER)

Disney has a documentary in the works that will go behind the scenes and into the history of its Imagineers, the division tasked with designing the studio's theme parks and rides. Lesley Iwerks, the granddaughter of Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks, is set to direct. Check out the trailer for the film, introduced at last weekend's D23 expo, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 1:22 PM
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Errol Morris's Rumsfeld Doc Is Popular on the Fall Festival Circuit, But May Not Play the New York Film Festival

Already one of the fall’s more eagerly anticipated films, “The Unknown Known” – Errol Morris’s take on the beloved Donald Rumsfeld, the very idea of which makes our toes curl -- seems poised to be the biggest doc of the season. Word is that the film has not only been invited to the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals but it's become the first of two docs ever accepted into competition at the Venice Biennale (the other being the homegrown “Sacro Gra” by Gianfranco Rosi).
  • By John Anderson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:47 PM
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Trailer Watch: Buzzy SXSW Doc '12 O'Clock Boys' Rides with Baltimore's Infamous Dirtbike Gang

In anticipation of the Sundance NEXT Weekend Festival, which arrives, well, this weekend in Los Angeles, Oscilloscope has released the trailer for "12 O'Clock Boys," Lofty Nathan's documentary on Baltimore's infamous urban dirtbike gang, and the young outsider who strives to join its rowdy ranks. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 1:17 PM
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Marlon Brando Stays Honest, Flirts, Dissembles, Speaks French in String of 1965 Press Interviews (VIDEO)

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. A great actor strives to remain authentic under the most trying circumstances. Check out this series of press interviews with Brando--he admitted to promoting "Morituri," a movie most of his interlocuters had not yet seen, and his interviewers seemed to be trying to hawk it too--much to his dismay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 3:46 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. "Finding Vivian Maier" unearths the mysteries behind an undiscovered street photographer, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival Documentary Line-up Led by Morris vs. Rumsfeld, 'Tim's Vermeer,' the Man Behind 'Dog Day Afternoon'

This year's Toronto International Film Festival documentary world premieres include works by Penn & Teller, artist Chris Jordan, Jehane Noujaim and Leanne Pooley; and North American premieres by directors Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, Marcel Ophuls and Claude Lanzmann. (Full line-up is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Art-World Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer,' Directed by Teller of Penn & Teller Fame

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up worldwide rights to documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller of illusionist duo Penn & Teller. The film centers on Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who sets out to solve one of the art world's great mysteries: How did 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of its 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund, totaling $100,000 in awards, which support feature-length documentaries in post-production. Winners below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 2:30 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Alex Gibney's Long-Gestating Lance Armstrong Doc 'The Armstrong Lie'

After sitting on the shelf at Sony, Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary "The Armstrong Lie" has found its worldwide distributor in Sony Pictures Classics. The film centers on Armstrong's life and career over the past four years -- from his return to cycling out of retirement in 2009 to the much-publicized doping scandal in 2012, which stripped him of his Tour de France medals.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 12:50 PM
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Mike Myers Partners with A&E Indie Films for Directorial Debut 'Supermensch,' Doc on Longtime Talent Manager Shep Gordon

A&E Indie Films has partnered with actor and comedian Mike Myers on his directorial debut, documentary "Supermensch," centered on the life of groundbreaking talent manager Shep Gordon.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 22, 2013 12:40 PM
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