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  • From Prop. 8 to Joe Paterno, six contenders for feature documentary

    It's notoriously hard to predict which feature documentaries will end up as the film academy's final five nominees, but surveying the field, one thing is clear: It's been an extraordinary year for nonfiction on-screen. Even discounting long shots like "20,000 Days on Earth," a riveting mixed-media portrait of doom-laden rocker Nick Cave, or "Actress," which follows Brandy Burre, a onetime star of "The Wire" as she tries to reenter the business after a long hiatus, one could make a solid case for dozens of films. In recent years, voters have favored long-form documentaries with great stories behind the lens as well as in front of it. Here are some of the most compelling.
  • At the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, a world of ideas come calling

    At the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, a world of ideas come calling
    "A Most Violent Year," written and directed by J.C. Chandor, stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in an explosive story of a couple struggling to grow their heating oil business that is part crime saga, part domestic drama. It's very much a New York...

    'Citizenfour,' 'Point and Shoot' among IDA Documentary Awards nominees

    National Security Agency document leaker Edward Snowden, unlikely Libyan revolutionary Matthew VanDyke and prolific amateur photographer Vivian Maier are some of the subjects of films nominated Wednesday for this year's International Documentary Assn....

    'Citizenfour,' 'Finding Vivian Maier' Receive IDA Nominations

    Laura Poitras' Edward Snowden documentary "Citizenfour," "Finding Vivian Maier," "Point and Shoot," "The Salt of the Earth" and "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" have received nominations for best documentary from the International Documentary Association. The...

    New York Film Festival seeks to shake up award season

     New York Film Festival seeks to shake up award season
    Film festivals in Toronto and Telluride, Colo., jockeyed intensely for premieres this year, and Venice offered several splashy debuts. But some of the year's biggest movies waited out those late-summer gatherings to land somewhere else entirely —...