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PDA Releasing Katie Dellamaggiore's Chess doc 'Brooklyn Castle,' SXSW Audience Award Winner

Producers Distribution Agency ("Senna," "The Way" and "Exit Through The Gift Shop") will release "Brooklyn Castle," the SXSW documentary from Katie Dellamaggiore which won the doc audience award, on October 19, followed by an awards season expansion.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 4:30 PM
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Greenfield Talks Sundance Hit 'Queen of Versailles': A Microcosm of the 1%

Photographer Lauren Greenfield lucked out with "Queen of Versailles," her second feature documentary. Her instincts drew her to forge a connection at a 2007 party with billionaire trophy wife Jackie Siegel, one of Versace's best customers, and to follow her around with a camera. The Sundance doc was scooped up by Magnolia, which opens it Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 4:18 PM
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Berlinger & Sinofsky's HBO Doc 'Paradise Lost: Purgatory' on DVD August 14; Collector's Edition Trilogy Lands November 6

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s "Paradise Lost: Purgatory," the third of their West Memphis Three trilogy, will be released on DVD August 14 and a collector's edition of the complete HBO trilogy will be available November 6...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 3:49 PM
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IDA Announces Shorts and Features for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Showcase, August 3-30

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announces twenty-eight films for its 16th annual DocuWeeks theatrical showcase, running August 3-30 in New York (IFC Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle NoHo 7)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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Sundance Institute Chooses Documentary Edit and Story Lab Participants

The Sundance Institute has chosen 24 fellows representing nine films to participate in the 2012 Documentary Edit and Story Labs taking place this June and July at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The nine-day labs bring rising filmmakers together with experienced editors and directors to assist and speed up the post-production process.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:03 PM
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SIFF Review: 'The Savoy King' Celebrates Harlem Jazz Drummer Chick Webb

“Music is a universal combiner," says Dr. Muriel Petioni, the mother of Harlem medicine, in the first few measures of Jeff Kaufman’s spirited window into the culture of the Harlem music and dance movement in the 1920’s and '30’s. This is a perfect descriptor for "The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America."
  • By John W. Comerford
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  • June 11, 2012 8:39 PM
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Documentarian Alex Gibney Gets Infusion from Content Media to Make More Diverse Movies

Congrats to doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Gonzo," "Magic Trip"), who has obtained an infusion of cash from John Schmidt's Content Media, which has acquired half of Jigsaw Productions. Gibney wants to add staff and expand into more areas in film and television, including episodic television and features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 8:31 PM
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Silverdocs Bookends Fest with Music Docs 'Don't Stop Believin: Everyman's Journey,' Mumford & Sons' 'Big Easy Express'

AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs festival, in its tenth year, will open and close with music-themed documentaries. On June 18, Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will open, and Emmett Malloy's "Big Easy Express" will close the Washington, DC event on June 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 12:20 PM
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Cannes Interview: John and Katrine Boorman Talk 'Me and Me Dad,' 'Excalibur' & '70s 'Lord of the Rings'

John Boorman has been in Cannes with daughter Katrine to talk up "Me & Me Dad," a documentary about the "Excalibur"/"Deliverance"/"The Tailor Of Panama" director that Katrine filmed over a period four years and that John jokingly says he hoped would never see the light of day...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2012 3:13 PM
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Dear Reggae Fans: You Can Host a Screening of 'Marley'

Gathr, a pioneer company in movies on demand programming, announced that they will allow fans to bring the critically-acclaimed documentary "Marley" to their local movie venue. "Marley" explores the rich life of Bob Marley, a towering influence in music history. The film was made with unprecedented support from the Marley family.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 19, 2012 7:39 AM
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