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Trailer Watch: President Obama's 'The Road We've Traveled' from Doc Director Davis Guggenheim

Obama-Biden 2012 has released a trailer for the 17-minute film "The Road We've Traveled," directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth," "Waiting for Superman"), narrated by Tom Hanks...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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Cinedigm Acquires Kirby Dick's Sundance Military Rape Expose 'The Invisible War'

Marking the first acquisition under the new partnership between Cinedigm Entertainment Group and New Video to acquire and distribute independent films theatrically in North America and across multiple on-demand and digital platforms and DVD/Blu-ray, the two companies have jointly acquired North American rights to Kirby Dick's military rape expose "The Invisible War," which won the audience award at Sundance for U.S. documentary. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2012 2:42 PM
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Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Stars in New Series of Theatrically Released Music Docs

Rock icon Dave Stewart has just been signed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group to bring a series of music documentaries to movie theatres...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 2, 2012 4:34 PM
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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 2:40 PM
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Red Flag Picks Up Doc 'High Ground'; War Vets Summit the Himalayas with Blind Guide Weihenmayer

Michael Brown's "High Ground" has been picked up by Red Flag Releasing for North American distribution. The documentary follows eleven Irag and Afghanistan war vets and one Gold Star Mother during their summit to the 20,000 foot Mount Lobuche peak in the Himalayas, along with their guide -- blind Erik Weihenmayer (who was the subject of Brown's doc "Farther Than the Eye Can See" as he climbed Everest in 2001) and his team.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:27 PM
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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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Video: Oscar-Winning Short 'Saving Face' Debuts on HBO March 8

The Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "Saving Face," will debut on HBO March 8. On the Oscar red carpet, I spoke to filmmakers Daniel Junge and Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -- the first Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar, much less win one
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2012 4:29 PM
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Cinema Guild Takes 'Planet of Snail;' Documentary Looks at World Without Sound & Sight

The Cinema Guild has picked up "Planet of Snail" for US distribution. Seung-jun Yi's documentary looks into a silent world where "love and touch are all one needs to survive."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:51 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Act of Valor,' 'Wanderlust,' 'Hell and Back Again,' 'Forgiveness of Blood'

While our last fave rave "Bullhead" expands, this weekend brings some fresh meat. Jennifer Aniston's "Wanderlust" is so far her best-reviewed (78% Fresh) film since 2002's "The Good Girl." Indiewire, however, finds that the film illustrates the problem with every David Wain movie.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:44 PM
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Sundance and SXSW Factual Thriller 'The Imposter' Goes to Indomnia; Reviews

The Indomina Group has picked up A&E IndieFilms' "The Imposter" for North American distribution. The Sundance entry is also set to play SXSW. Check out the synopsis for the factual thriller below. “Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that 'The Imposter' does,” says Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 5:03 PM
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