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Here Are the Three Winners of San Francisco Film Society's 2014 Documentary Film Fund Awards

The San Francisco Film Society has revealed the three winners of its 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards, which total more than $75,000 and support feature-length documentaries in post-production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2014 3:22 PM
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HBO Films Acquires Post-9/11 Terrorism Doc 'The Newburgh Sting'

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  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 11:37 AM
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Is 'An Inconvenient Truth' Getting a Sequel?

Is the world ready for another dose of "Inconvenient Truth"s? According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are talking a sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning film that documented Al Gore's campaign to open eyes to the consequences of global warming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 1:26 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Trailer: DocNYC Winner 'The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,' on Jazz Writer Nat Hentoff

TOH! has scored a trailer exclusive to David L. Lewis's DocNYC Grand Jury prize winner "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step." The film centers on legendary jazz writer and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, who's now 88.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 3:08 PM
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Review: Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' a Riveting Reconstruction of Paradise Gone to Hell

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that Hell is other people. Several of the ill-fated subjects at the center of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s riveting historical mystery documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” would have probably agreed with him.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 12:10 PM
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Top Dozen Documentary Film Festivals: Up Next, Hot Docs and Full Frame

With the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announcing its 2014 lineup of Tribute and Thematic Program films, we put together a compendium of the top dozen must-attend doc fests around the country.
  • By John Anderson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:30 PM
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Why Drafthouse Films Is the Right Distributor for Sundance-Winning Doc 'The Overnighters'

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jesse Moss's Sundance award-winning oil doc "The Overnighters." It portrays the plight of desperate men as they chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields while a devoted pastor risks everything to help them.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 12:59 PM
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Can 'Cosmos' Save Science Television?

With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 31, 2014 11:25 AM
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Tribeca Adds Music Docs from Alex Gibney and 'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland

They can't have Tribeca without Alex Gibney. And so today's announcement that the prolific documentarian's newest film, an untitled James Brown doc, is a new addition to the upcoming 2014 fest makes sense. Also added to the lineup is another music-oriented doc, "Bjork: Biophilia Live," directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, and making its world premiere.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2014 11:58 AM
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Errol Morris Stands Up for Unapologetic Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

Errol Morris talks back on his new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld "The Unknown Known," which arrives in theaters April 4.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 26, 2014 11:53 AM
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