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By Maria Esteves – December 7, 2012 As glaciers around the world are disappearing and sea level rising 60 percent faster than projected, the timing is right for a documentary on climate change. Jeff Orlowski’s CHASING ICE is truly one of the year’s best film! Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) team member Orlowski documented award winning American photographer James Balog 25 camera network project capturing the erosion of glaciers in Iceland, Greenland and Alaska from 2007 to 2012 in s...

AIFF 2011: Tears and Laughter in Ashland

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A pre-dawn dusting of snow fell on southern Oregon, wrapping Ashland like a gift.  Morning’s bright sun melted white back to green to reveal the start of the 10th Ashland Independent Film Festival.  By midday, the endless crisp, blue sky instead hung low, grey, and ominous.  A freakish snow squall swirled around the queue in front of the Varsity waiting for the first slate of films, then the clouds lifted and the world shone bright again. Those changes - from cheery to dreary and b...

Errol Morris' Tabloid Tale

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  Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris has had more than his share of interesting interview subjects in his 30 year plus career, but perhaps none is quite as gonzo as the one he captures in his new film TABLOID, which opens in limited release in North America this week (and is available on most VOD platforms). The film focuses on the bizarre-but-true story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming beauty queen who became a notorious tabloid sensation in the 1970s when she snatched her...

DOCUMENTA MADRID will be the first in Spain to screen the Oscar award-winning documentary, The Cove

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DOCUMENTA MADRID 10 will be screening,for the first time in Spain,The Cove, the controversial and widely acclaimed winner of the Oscar Award for Best Documentary. The director of The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, has won numerous awards; Audience Award at Sundance, Hot Docs, Silver Docs and the Documentary Festival of Amsterdam are just a few examples.   The Cove tells the story of a team of divers,activists, special effects experts, and the dolphin trainer Richard O’Barry, who leads the team into a ...

Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival

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POW Fest opens with Coming Up Easy, local director Rebecca Rodriguez’s drama of a possibly deadly struggle between sisters. It continues with a dual screening of Irene Taylor Brodsky’s The Final Inch (see interview on page TK) and the film that beat it for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, Smile Pinki. But the unsung gem of the festival is The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), another Oscar nominee that took longtime cinematographer Ellen Curras 23 years to make alongside co-director (and subjec...

Ann Arbor Film Festival awards

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The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival awards have been selected by this year's jury. Twenty-five filmmakers from around the world were awarded more than $18,000, with experimental, documentary, narrative and animation all represented. To learn more about each awarded film, you can easily search on the festival website. Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival - $3,000The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) - Ellen KurasGus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film - $1,000Office Suite - Robert ToddMichael Moore Awa...

Fifteen Documentaries Make The Short List For Oscar Gold

 Tuesday, November 20---------Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 80th Academy Awards. The Documentary Branch Screening Committee of the Academy of Television Arts And Sciences have viewed the eligible documentaries and branch members will now select the five 2007 nominees from this short list. Many of the films have been featured at leading film festivals around the world and some ...

Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded Nov 30

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The 15th Annual Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on November 30 in New York City. Executive Director Michelle Byrd said the nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for a final competitive juried award, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You (for films yet to receive theatrical distribution), will be announced in early November. A jury of peers will decide the winning selections in all six categori...

Bermuda Fest in action, opens with The Upside of Anger

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BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 LINEUP“THE UPSIDE OF ANGER” and “MAD HOT BALLROOM” OPEN and CLOSE MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM TO BE “FILMAKER IN FOCUS” Showcasing a film line-up as rich and eclectic as the culture of the island itself, the Bermuda International Film Festival will welcome visitors for the 8th annual Fest, March 18-24. . The Bermuda International Film Festival invites influences from around the world with films that will compete for Best Feature from the ...

Fresh news for Aspen Fest

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Today Aspen Filmfest announced the program for its 26th edition which runs September 29 - October 3 in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, Carbondale's Crystal Theatre and The Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs. This annual highly respected festival will host a diverse array of features, documentaries and special presentations including an in-person tribute to Michael Douglas, a panel on the new political documentary, and acclaimed features and documentaries from around the world. Tickets go on s...

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