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PBS Preview: Six New 'Makers' Documentaries Focus on Groundbreaking Women

PBS announces a new fall "Makers" series spotlighting groundbreaking women in six areas: Comedy, Hollywood, Space, Politics, Business and War.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 3:51 PM
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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: New York Times Op-Docs Set to Host First Live Pitch Competition (EXCLUSIVE)

The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters. Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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Ron Howard Rocks Beatles Concert Tour Doc (TRAILERS)

If The Beatles have never been anything less than ubiquitous, their role in the film world still seems to be growing larger with each passing month. Variety report that Ron Howard, under a partnership between Imagine Entertainment, Apple Corps. Ltd., and White Horse Pictures, will direct a currently untitled documentary.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:48 PM
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CNN to Air Three More 'Death Row Stories' Starting Next Sunday

CNN's original series "Death Row Stories" is set to return to the news channel next Sunday, July 13, with three new episodes debuting on successive Sundays.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his bestselling memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance 20 years ago, to direct it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 5:25 PM
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Must-See E.R. Doc 'Code Black' Hits NY and LA (TRAILER)

A buzzy title that scooped up the Best Documentary prize at both last year’s Los Angeles and Hamptons International film fests, “Code Black” hit New York’s IFC Center on June 20 and opens Los Angeles's Landmark Theatre on June 27. Watch the trailer for this intense doctor's eye view of our medical system in crisis below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 8:04 PM
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How Must-See 'The Case Against 8' Took Five Years to Make, from HBO Docs Czar Nevins to Its 'Fairy Tale Ending' (TRAILER)

The charged opening sequence of "The Case Against 8" witnesses former Solicitor General Ted Olson in the thick of a dress rehearsal.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 23, 2014 7:06 AM
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Why Sebastian Junger Made and Self-Released 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal,' New HBO Doc (VIDEO)

Vanity Fair writer Sebastian Junger is well-known not only for "The Perfect Storm" (which was made into a George Clooney action movie) and his intrepid war reporting--which he ended after the untimely death in Libya of his long-time partner, British Vanity Fair photographer and cinematographer Tim Hetherington--but the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo." I interviewed Junger and Hetherington for that movie (see video below), and talked to Junger again recently about the sequel "Korengal," which is in current release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 4:40 PM
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Robert De Niro Steps Out, for His Festival, His Father and the Friars Club's Top Award

We all know that Robert De Niro is a far better screen actor than he is public figure. Journalists dread interviews with the famously monosyllabic star. But this year De Niro is suddenly everywhere: at Tribeca, his New York film festival, hawking the Tribeca-produced Sundance documentary about his artist father, "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.," which is airing on HBO, and accepting a rare honor from The Friars Club in New York.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 2:01 PM
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Debra Granik Goes Rogue with First Doc 'Stray Dog' (LAFF World Premiere)

Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. What was the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, do next?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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