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IDA Announces Shorts and Features for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Showcase, August 3-30

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2012 at 1:04PM

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)...
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'La Source'
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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). IDA teases the selection, "The Arab Spring as seen from the eyes of a young female Egyptian journalist. The mass exodus from a Northeastern Mexican village in search of water during the annual drought. A once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Academy Awards® for one extraordinary 5th grade choir."

The slate includes seventeen features and eleven shorts representing nineteen countries. IDA exec director Michael Lumpkin says the 500+ screenings throughout the month "gives documentary fans on both coasts multiple opportunities to see a great lineup of short and feature length docs." The lineup is listed below.

Features appearing in this year’s DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase include: The Anderson Monarchs, Defiant Requiem, Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture, Drought, Garden in the Sea (Jardín en el Mar), La Source, Love Free or Die, The Magic Life, Of Two Minds, Once In a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Documentary, Out of the Clear Blue Sky, RICKY on LEACOCK, TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged, We Women Warriors (Tejiendo Sabiduría), Without A Net, and Words of Witness.


DocuWeeks™ will also present eleven documentary short films including: The A-Word, Beauty CULTure, Cutting Loose, Jimmy, Kings Point, Open Heart, The Perfect Fit, The Record Breaker, and POV's StoryCorps Shorts: Facundo the Great, Eyes on the Stars, and Sundays at Rocco's.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.