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WATCH: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' Clips

If you like Louis CK or Chris Rock, acerbic, sharp comedians who like to dig into who we are and how we feel about each other, check out Marina Zenovich's "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," which offers a fascinating portrait of the brilliant and troubled comic who paved the way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2013 5:20 PM
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Ford Foundation Adds Sundance's Mertes as JustFilms Director, Funding Social Issue Docs

One of the key posts in the documentary world has been taken by Cara Mertes, who was director of the Sundance Institute's documentary film program. She'll now be director of the Ford Foundation's social justice filmmaking program JustFilms, which was founded by departing Orlando Bagwell and is under the Ford Media Arts and Culture unit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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Now and Then: Remarkable New Doc 'La Camioneta,' a Masterful Miniature (TRAILER)

Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Queztal City, Guatemala are separated by nearly 3,000 miles of road, and by what would seem, at first, an unbridgeable cultural distance. But in Mark Kendall's remarkable documentary "La Camioneta" -- a brilliant microhistory of our globalized world -- you're hard pressed to consider them anything but neighbors.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 29, 2013 2:10 PM
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Review: Documentary 'Hey Bartender' Blends One Part Character Study, Two Parts Style

BOOZE! It may not be quite as good a come-on as SEX! but there’s also a double shot of sexiness in “Hey Bartender,” which despite its shot-and-beer title is about the fine art of mixology, a.k.a. the alchemical mixing of alcoholic beverages (with names like Weep No More, the Minnehaha and the always fashionable Bronx, which is, FYI, a perfect martini with orange juice). Is liquor cinematic?
  • By John Anderson
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  • May 29, 2013 12:19 PM
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Independent Filmmaker Project Selects Ten Documentaries for 2013 Filmmaker Labs

The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced the ten documentaries for its 2013 Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP's annual year-long fellowship for first-time feature directors. The selected teams will participate in three week-long sessions over the course of 2013, with the first taking place May 13-17 in New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 11:32 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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Director Bouzereau Unveils Mogul Zanuck in 'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking' (Interview)

"Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking," a portrait of the life and career of studio chief and producer Richard D. Zanuck, scion of Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck, will premiere on May 8 on Turner Classic Movies. Produced by TCM and Amblin Television, the 90-minute film features interviews with many of the filmmakers Zanuck worked with including Clint Eastwood, William Friedkin, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton. I talk with writer-director Laurent Bouzereau. (TOH! Zanuck obit here.)
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 10, 2013 2:49 PM
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Docs – Life After Tribeca? These Titles Deserve It

A few good docs always emerge from Tribeca. Yet emerging from any film festival with strong reviews and a distribution deal doesn’t mean that anyone will see the film.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • May 5, 2013 6:18 AM
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Hot Docs: Technological Revolution, 'Total Disruption,' Stolen Privacy

“Isn’t it ironic that I’m having all these technical problems when I’m supposed to be talking about technology?” director Ondi Timoner asked a very patient (for awhile) Hot Docs audience Monday. Well, yeah, but it’s hardly the only irony that’s been on display here in Toronto.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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Hot Docs Wrap: Canadian International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Winnows World's Best Docs

Like a lot of people, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (official name) is "trying to figure out who we are," according to program director Charlotte Cook: In other, trying to figure out where they’re going to go, now that the fest has hit its 20th year -- a convenient moment to reassess, if not necessarily change your whole MO. Which the festival certainly is not about to do.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 28, 2013 2:47 PM
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