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Sundance Buy: Magnolia Grabs CNN Ebert Doc 'Life Itself'

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures has acquired US theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to "Life Itself," Steve James' heart-tugging documentary about the life of Roger Ebert. The film brought audiences to tears at January's Sundance Film Festival as they grieved the loss last year of their beloved Chicago film critic after a long battle with cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 7:16 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Square' Team Talk Filming a Revolution (VIDEO)

TOH! interviews the team behind Oscar-nominated documentary "The Square," now streaming on Netflix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 12:29 PM
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Teller Speaks! Talking Wondrously Mind-Boggling Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

“Tim’s Vermeer” is a beautiful documentary, winningly compact at only 80 minutes, about an artist’s labor of love. It is also about an endearing technological genius, inventor Tim Jenison, and his insistence that art and technology are closer than they appear.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears begin to turn, here are four things to watch for:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 27, 2014 1:24 PM
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Sundance Panel: Spotlight on Women Directors Kennedy, Walker, Helfand, Lynch (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Exclusive video of the Spotlight on Women Directors Sundance panel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 6:50 PM
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Why '20 Feet from Stardom' Leads the Oscar Doc Pack (UPDATED)

Now that the Oscar nominations have landed, where is the doc race? Under new rules as of last year, the doc contenders must grab the spotlight to win--as DVD screeners are now sent to every Academy voter. Many wonder if they will watch all five. Which gives the advantage to the ones they have already seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:51 PM
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Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart' an Incisive Look at When TV Killed the Justice System

Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 12:26 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Dinosaur 13' Moves and Provokes, Sells to Lionsgate and CNN

One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered January 16 at Sundance and was immediately snapped up for North America by Lionsgate and CNN Films, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2014 11:34 AM
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Review: In Documentary 'Maidentrip,' Laura Dekker Looks for Paradise in a Sea that Never Ends

Jillian Schlesinger's "Maidentrip" chronicles Dutch teen Laura Dekker's sail around the globe, a feat which would win her the title in 2012 of youngest person in history to make the voyage alone. Observant and unassuming, the documentary looks at the significance of Laura's trip not in terms of records, but as a rite of passage.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2014 1:47 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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