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EXCLUSIVE Video: Inventor Tim Jenison Discusses How He Cracked a 350 Year Old Mystery in Oscar Shortlisted Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

Magician and filmmaker Teller's wonderfully mind-boggling doc "Tim's Vermeer," on inventor Tim Jenison's goal to unlock the secret behind Dutch master Johannes Vermeer's photorealistic paintings, begins its awards qualifying run today (December 6 in New York; December 13 in LA). The film recently made the Oscar Documentary shortlist. Check out an exclusive interview snippet below, where Jenison discusses how he hatched the idea to crack the mystery.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2013 11:29 AM
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The Documentary Oscar Shortlist Has Landed

Well, after we had the temerity to predict the Oscar shortlist of 15 documentaries, we didn't do half bad.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Documentary Nominations Roundup: Which Films Are Leading the Pack?

Heading into the critics group voting next week, what are the documentaries leading the pack in terms of nominations? We assess based on nominations from the Indie Spirits, the IDA, the Cinema Eye Honors, the Gothams and the PGA.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 2:53 PM
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Indie Spirit Nominated 'After Tiller' Is an Observant, Even-Handed Portrait of the Country's Remaining Third-Trimester Abortion Doctors

Debut directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have accomplished a tricky thing with “After Tiller,” their documentary on the few openly practicing doctors of third-trimester abortions in the US, which recently scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best Documentary. They cut out the white noise, and focus on a simple question: Who are these unusual individuals?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 1:51 PM
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After Years in Shadow, Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' Lets Backup Singers Take Center Stage (UPDATED)

"20 Feet From Stardom"
It was a big task for a little documentary to go up against the likes of "Man of Steel," "Monsters University" and "World War Z." In a way, though, it's a fitting role for Morgan Neville's film. Those big popcorn flicks can hold up a mirror to our lives, but "20 Feet from Stardom" goes deeper. By asking questions about sex, race and the American dream, it challenges us to look critically at our collective, national soul. In doing so, it's one of the most important films of the year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • November 26, 2013 4:01 PM
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Film Independent's Documentary Lab Now Accepting Submissions

Film Independent's Documentary Lab is now accepting submissions to its seven-week program running in Los Angeles in March and April. Documentary directors currently in post-production on their feature length films are encouraged to apply.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 22, 2013 11:45 AM
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TOH! Predicts the 15 Shortlisted Oscar Documentaries

"The Act of Killing"
With the Oscar shortlist of 15 documentaries being announced November 22, we at TOH! have compiled a list of what we think will make the cut.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 1:59 PM
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Why Do Filmmakers Pick Indiegogo Over Kickstarter? Roger Ebert Doc Latest to Head to the Crowdfunding Site

The latest high-profile project to take the crowdfunding route is the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," to be directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. But unlike Spike Lee, Zach Braff or the "Veronica Mars" project, "Life Itself," based on Ebert's memoir of the same title, is heading to Indiegogo.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 21, 2013 12:21 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Clip: Pin-Up Legend Bettie Page Tells All in New Documentary (VIDEO)

Bettie Page wasn't called the "Queen of Pinups" for nothing: her striking, magnetic looks mesmerized a generation and played a part in the sexual revolution that would transform American society. Check out a TOH! exclusive clip from "Bettie Page Reveals All," below, where you can hear Page speak about her life in the dusky tones of her Tennessee alto from a series of interviews taped a decade before her death in 2008.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • November 20, 2013 11:33 AM
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Review: 'Narco Cultura' Depicts a Mexican Culture that Glorifies Murder, Decapitation and Crime

It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing -- long term, at any rate – about Shaul Schwarz’s excellent “Narco Cultura.” Is it the dead children, wailing mothers and bloody water running through the gutters of Juarez? Or the roomful of clueless idiots at Hollywood’s House of Blues, singing along to a Movimento Alterado chestbeater (“we’re bloodthirsty, crazy and we like to kill…”) about cutting people’s heads off? Those would be Mexican heads, by the way, not the ones partying along Sunset Boulevard.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 17, 2013 4:11 PM
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