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Sight & Sound Picks 50 Best Docs of All Time

BFI's 'Sight & Sound magazine'--which for years has conducted a poll of the 50 greatest films of all time--has released the results of its inaugural poll to crown the greatest documentary of all time.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 2, 2014 12:57 PM
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How Alex Gibney Found Nigerian Superstar Fela Kuti

Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti provides a fascinating subject for frequent music documentarian Alex Gibney in "Finding Fela," which was well-reviewed at Sundance and opens in theaters Friday via Kino Lorber.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 4:49 PM
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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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Toronto Film Fest Doc Preview, from Oscar Hopefuls to Likely Buys (Midnight Madness, Vanguard Lineups)

The Toronto International Film Festival always premieres a lineup of strong docs, some of which will be in this year's awards conversation. Programmer Thom Powers takes us through the selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 4:45 PM
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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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