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Trailer Watch: 2013 Sundance Selection 'Muscle Shoals' Looks at Legendary Alabama Music Town

Check out this new trailer for Greg Camalier's documentary "Muscle Shoals," set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the legendary Alabama town which, during the 1960s and '70s, boasted a handful of music studios that would forever alter the sound of soul and rock n' roll.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 2:50 PM
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Catching Up With Foreign Language and Documentary Feature Nominees

Three categories - Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature and Animated Feature - frequently have nominees that have received little or no U.S. theatrical play, and even sometimes no set playdate ahead. Things look better this year, but still not ideal for those who want to see all the nominees prior to the awards.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 14, 2013 6:33 AM
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Cinema Eye Honors 2013: '5 Broken Cameras' Wins Outstanding Feature, 'Detropia' for Outstanding Direction, and 'The War Room' Honored with Legacy Award

The Cinema Eye Honors is a cozy event, packed with documentary filmmakers who go way back. Held at the sleek Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the group attending the sixth annual Honors ceremony is jovial, encouraging, and accepting -- exemplified by the range of attire. Co-chair Esther Robinson recounted the numerous phone calls from people asking what to wear and summarized the evening’s garb: “Well, Michael Moore wears a sweatshirt, and I wear a gown, so anything in between.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 10, 2013 11:49 AM
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HBO Announces Documentary Film Lineup for 2013, including 'Mea Maxima Culpa' and 'Life and Times of Tim Hetherington'

HBO announces their documentary lineup for the first half of 2013, including Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Sebastian Junger's "Which Way is the Front Line from Here?: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington" and Steven Pressman's "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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Voting Now Open for Cinema Eye Honors in Nonfiction Filmmaking

Audience award voting is now open for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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Jarecki Talks Political Campaign for Sundance Doc Winner 'The House I Live In' - Coming to Digital and VOD Platforms January 15

UPDATE: Eugene Jarecki's incisive and incendiary "The House I Live In" arrives on all digital and VOD platforms on January 15. FilmBuff is handling the release, following its theatrical run last October...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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'5 Broken Cameras,' Kino Lorber's Hard-Hitting Israel-Palestine Conflict Doc To Premiere on Hulu Plus

Kino Lorber will premiere Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat's "5 Broken Cameras" December 17 on Hulu Plus, prior to the film's DVD and VOD release in early 2013...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 3:11 PM
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HBO Backs Martin Scorsese's Official Bill Clinton Documentary

Martin Scorsese is jumping tino the current appetite for presidential profiles. In this case the director and HBO are partnering on an official documentary of the 42nd president of the U.S., Bill Clinton. This doc will be Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2012 1:13 PM
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces $220K in Grants to Women Documentary Filmmakers

Non-profit Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women doc filmmakers, announces $220,000 in grants going to 25 filmmakers, both emerging and established. To date, Chicken & Egg has given over $2.7 million to women filmmakers since its inception in 2005.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2012 4:18 PM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rory Kennedy Talks Growing Up with and Filming 'Ethel'

Rory Kennedy, 43, is a Sundance and HBO documentary veteran who needed all her accumulated experience to navigate HBO Doc czar Sheila Nevins' challenge to her: make a film about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. First the filmmaker was shocked when her mother agreed to her request to do the doc profile. Then she asked her eight surviving siblings to participate--without any control over how their interviews would be used.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 3:58 PM
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