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Awards Watch: IDA Documentary Award Nominees

Awards Watch: IDA Documentary Award Nominees
The International Documentary Association nominees for distinguished feature and short are below. The winners will be named at the IDA Documentary Awards on December 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 5:24 AM
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European Film Academy Nominates Three Documentaries for Prix Arte Award

The European Film Academy nominates three documentary films for its Prix Arte award. The selection was made by EFA Board Members Despina Mouzaki (Greece), Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Francine Brücher (Switzerland), along with experts Claas Danielsen (International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film), Ally Derks (director IDFA, the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (producer, Belgium). The 2,300 members of the EFA will now watch and vote on the winner, to be awarded on December 4.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2010 3:19 AM
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Paley Center and SnagFilms Stream Live Doc Debut

In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a theater audience and free online.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 9:40 AM
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Oscar Talk Wrap-Up: Never Let Me Go Wanes, Foreign Contenders, Blue Valentine, Harry Potter

Oscar Talk Wrap-Up: Never Let Me Go Wanes, Foreign Contenders, Blue Valentine, Harry Potter
During this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley (InContention) and I were joined by indieWIRE's awards expert Peter Knegt and InContention's Guy Lodge, both in London covering the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 1:42 AM
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San Francisco Actuality, Days Before 1906 Earthquake

Much of downtown San Francisco was destroyed in 1906's infamous earthquake. How precious then is A Trip Down Market Street, an eleven minute film which 60 Minutes producer David Browning says "captures a city full of life and promise."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 7:00 AM
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Eleven Docs that Shook the World

Inspired by the surprisingly successful education expose Waiting for Superman (which is backed by massive marketing dollars for a doc), USA Today lists 11 documentaries that shook the world, that made a big difference in their time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2010 10:59 AM
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Video: Obama Talks to Waiting for Superman Kids in Oval Office

Paramount isn't marketing the education expose Waiting for Superman all by itself. The studio is orchestrating the marketing efforts on behalf of the film of some powerful partners--Participant Media, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walden Media--that are building support and getting out the word across multiple platforms. They even arranged a meeting Monday October 11 with the White House in which President Obama met with the five kids in the film:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 11:03 AM
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Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan
This week, Kris Tapley and I engaged in Oscar Talk via Skype across the Pond with London Film Festival attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE). We dug into the foreign Oscar race, the NC-17 Blue Valentine controversy, Oscar chances for Black Swan, All Good Things and Never Let Me Go, why documentaries, sequels and animation face tough going getting into the top ten, and what the award season could hold for must-see five-hour marathon Carlos.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 4:14 AM
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Billy Joel Doc Last Play at Shea to Play 120 Exclusive One-Night Only Shows October 21

Wrekin Hill will open Tribeca Film Fest doc The Last Play at Shea in 120 markets for exclusive one-night stand engagements on October 21. Initial cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.. Several theaters will hold the film for an extended theatrical run.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 10:34 AM
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Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short

Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces eight titles on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Short Oscar. They were chosen from 30 eligible submissions. Five of the films will earn official nominations on January 25, 2011, and one will win a golden statue at the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 4:54 AM
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