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Laura Poitras

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Video Announcement

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The Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.                                     2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED - $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers - LOS ANGELES (Novembe...

Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Descendants and The Artist.Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ense...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival highlights of 15th edition

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16 Documentaries and 5 Dramas; a Focus on the Power of the Mediawww.hrw.org/en/iff The 15th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 23 March to 1 April, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 16 documentaries and 5 dramas, from Belgium, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guantanamo, Guatemala, Hebron, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Los Angeles, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Yemen and Yugoslavia. Many of t...

The judges arrived in Sundance

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Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will als...

WINTER'S BONE Is Big Winner At Gotham Awards

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  WINTER'S BONE, the debut feature by director Debra Granik that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, continues to cement its status as this year's "indie it" film with major wins at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were held in New York City on Monday evening. The 20th edition of the Awards gala, which is sponsored by the IFP, the indie filmmakers membership organization that also sponsors the New York Film Week market and screenings each Sept...

Documentary Films Competitions!

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PLUS CAMERIMAGE PRESENTS DOCUMENTARY FILMS COMPETITION Documentary Films Competition "Image of the World - World in Images" is organized in collaboration with     For this year’s Documentary Films Competition, held within the Documentary Films Section of 'Image of the World - World in Images' under the patronage of Discovery Networks Central Europe, the entries were accepted for two separate categories: feature-lenght and ...

Amazonas Film Festival line up

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The seventh annual Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2010 line-up, which features award-winning films from around the globe, and its jury of international stars and filmmakers. The festival will run November 5-11 in Manaus, Brazil. Screenings will be held at the Teatro Amazonas, the Belle-Epoque opera house upon which Werner Herzog based his epic film, Fitzcarraldo. 35 films will competed in three sections, all vying for the Voo na Floresta (Flight Over the Jungle) trophy. These inclu...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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  The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the six competition categories for feature films at an Awards Ceremony prior to the Closing Gala of the world premiere of THIRD STAR. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill and Patrons Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey on the penultimate day of the Festival at Cineworld. This year's winners are:   The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by t...

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Award-Winners

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The nation's largest film festival concludes today with record-breaking box office numbers, the announcement of the Jury and Audience Award Winners, and the Closing Night Gala featuring Get Low.The 36th Seattle International Film Festival concludes a record-breaking year today, in spite of the downturn in summer movie-going nationwide, with the announcement of juried SIFF 2010 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, bringing to a close the largest and most highly attended fil...

Edinburgh International Film Festival line up

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  At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the full programme details for the 64th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 16 - 27 June, will host twenty-two World premieres, and twelve International premieres. The Closing Night Gala will be the World premiere of THIRD STAR, a British tragi-comic buddy film by newcomer Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (FOUR...

Hot Docs Divvies Awards

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Leave Them Laughing. It's the film that took the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature at the May 7 awards bash for Toronto's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (April 29 to May 9, 2010). And it could be the motto for the 17th annual fest, which played to packed audiences even as business slackened at its annual market. The film, by Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky, is about laughing in the face of terminal illness. How to live despite tough odds is a challenge the d...

Sarasota Film Festival Brings Gems to the Gold Coast

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Sarasota, Florida is considered ground zero for the recent real estate crash. But any darkness that prevails during April 9-18, 2010 will envelope the inky cinemas where the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival will unfold. Bookended by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s The Extra Man and James Franco’s Saturday Night, the Gold Coast cotillion spans 168 films. Thirty countries are represented, yielding what director of programming Holly Herrick tallies as the Festival's most diverse li...

Documentary Deluge At New Directors New Films

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For the first time in memory (if my faulting memory serves me well and it increasingly does NOT), the New Directors New Films showcase opened last evening with a documenary feature. This annual rite of the Spring film season, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, was ushered in by BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, a fascinating look at the New York Times photographer and his love/hate obsession with the city he calls both his mu...

Sundance: this is the renewed rebellion

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“This is the renewed rebellion This is the recharged fight against the establishment of the expected- This is the rebirth of the battle for brave new ideas- This is Sundance, reminded- This is your call to join us” and  this was what appeared on every projection screen while you took your seat and stripped off  layers of weather proofing at the  (26th  Edition) of the Sundance Film Festival 2010. They announced that a fresh wind had blown through Park City, (bringing with ...

Sundance Film Festival jury and audience award winners

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Thirty-four films were awarded prizes in 29 categories, honoring both veteran and first-time filmmakers from the U.S. to Spain, Cambodia, and beyond. First-year Festival Director John Cooper had branded the 2010 Festival a reboot, calling for a return to the Festival's rebellious roots, and the diversity of tonight's winners would seem to move toward satisfying that mission and complicate received notions of the homogenous "Sundance film." As he did throughout the week, Cooper broug...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Sundance Awards lead by WINTER’S BONE and RESTREPO

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 by Marla LewinJohn Cooper and David Hyde Pierce opened with a hilarious wrap act to get things started.Alfred P. Sloan Award for depicting Science in Film went to OBSELIDIA by Diane Bell who said she was worried about paying her rent for the next six months and now she knows where it is coming from.The World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film goes to ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE Directors Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath are humbled: "we had a great purpose in making the film."...

A world in pieces

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A world in pieces: the films of the 40th Berlinale Forum In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year’s selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising...

A world in pieces: The films to be shown in the 40th Forum as part of the official programme of the 60th Berlinale

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In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year's selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising in its strength. In Orly, Angela Schan...

Obama On Film And On The Web

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor President Barack Obama is, if nothing else, very telegenic.....the camera simply loves him and cannot get enough. This fact plus his historic ascendancy in a mere two years from junior Senator to the top political leader of the world is an astounding one that will certainly be the stuff of legend in years to come. But for the moment, we are living that legend and the media fascination on and surrounding Obama is electric. Afte...

Oscar night made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.             Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)    &...

Oscar Awards made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight) Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.) Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFil...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

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For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony airs live on Sa...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

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     Friday, February 23----For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film I...
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