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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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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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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Reveals 2013 Slate

At a time when doc production is exploding and ways of telling real-life stories have never been more innovative and varied, it's a great moment to check out the eclectic selection at the 16th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which is becoming a major doc showcase. Running April 4-7 in Durham, North Carolina, Full Frame has revealed its 2013 slate.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 2:56 PM
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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Chosen as Oscar-Qualifying in Documentary Short Category

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been selected as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This decision follows a recent similar decision by the Producers Guild.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 12:24 PM
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'The Waiting Room' Director Peter Nicks Talks Immersive Verite ER Documentary--On Oscar Shortlist

Most documentaries emerge through various known gatekeepers at major festivals. More and more these days, such a plethora of strong docs are being made by talent able to deploy inexpensive digital cameras that it's easy for new faces to get lost. "The Waiting Room" is a first feature from veteran television journalist Peter Nicks...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 4:56 PM
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Doc Feature Oscar Voters Face Rough Process This Year

Never have so many worthy docs been produced and released into the indie marketplace. There's a complex set of filtering systems that throw the docs at the Academy branch. Film festivals are one sort of gatekeeper for the plethora of terrific low-budget docs made these days, while awards groups are another, from the upcoming critics groups to DOC NYC, the International Documentary Association and the Cinema Eye Honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2012 4:18 PM
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