Release of TRAPPED, the abortion rights doc, is timed to Supreme Court decision on TRAP laws

Release of TRAPPED, the abortion rights doc, is timed to Supreme Court decision on TRAP laws

Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s Trapped, the abortion rights film that won Sundance Film Festival 2016′s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking, is set to open theatrically on March 4, with subsequent broadcast dates in June on Independent Lens. The film’s nationwide release, timed for social impact, comes just as the U.S. Supreme Court takes on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the landmark case that will determine the constitutionality of “TRAP” (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.

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All about IDFA, For Those Who Don’t Already Know

All about IDFA, For Those Who Don’t Already Know

IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, is the world’s largest and most influential documentaries-only festival. Founded in 1983, by festival director Ally Derks, it is unique for its international film program featuring a wide variety of documentary genres with political and socially conscious themes. The festival presents many European and world premieres each year, and is a major annual gathering place for filmmakers, producers, distributors and students to meet and network.

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NORDISK PANORAMA Names New Director

NORDISK PANORAMA Names New Director

Søren Steen Poulsen has been appointed managing director of Nordisk Panorama, the premiere festival and marketplace for documentaries and shorts produced and/or co-produced in the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Poulsen joins the Nordisk Panorama team on May 1, replacing Katrine Kiilgaard, who leaves the organization at the end of March, after having run it successfully for 15 years.

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8th Annual Salem Film Fest Announces Outstanding Doc-Only Program

8th Annual Salem Film Fest Announces Outstanding Doc-Only Program

The 8th annual all-documentary Salem Film Fest (March 5-12, 2015) will have its largest line-up ever – 38 films by filmmakers representing 10 different countries telling stories from around the world. Twenty-nine of these films will be making their North American, US, East Coast, New England or Massachusetts premiere. Spread out over eight days with screenings at both CinemaSalem and the Peabody Essex Museum, the festival kicks off with the thoughtprovoking STRAY DOG, about Vietnam veteran and biker Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, which is directed by Oscar nominated director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone)

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New Stats on Women in Film Show Cinema is Still A Man’s World

It should come as no surprise to anyone whose been paying attention — even marginally — to 2014′s crop of films and the film industry’s record of production that there is no such thing as gender equality of opportunity in Hollywood, or in any other segment of the moviemaking business.

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Now’s the Time To Establish Your Documentary Viewing Club

There is a constant complaint among documentary fans: “We can’t find the film we want to watch at our local theater. And,no matter how often we request the manager to program documentaries, we can’t get the films we want to see on the schedule.” That, unfortunately, is the reality of current film distribution. The situation may change in the future, but at present very few documentaries get wide theatrical releases — even though nonfiction film has constantly growing fan base. It’s frustrating for filmmakers, too. There is a remedy. Read on…

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Ally Derks Talks About IDFA and Documentary Film Trends

Ally Derks Talks About IDFA and Documentary Film Trends

Ally Derks has been the director of IDFA, aka the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, for a quarter of a century, and has grown the annual event into the documentary film industry’s preeminent showcase, not only offering filmmakers opportunity to pitch projects and make distribution deals for their finished films, but providing an extraordinary program of socially relevant films for documentary watchers from around the globe. In the documentaries realm, what Derks thinks matters. Read on…

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IDFA, aka Iternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – An Overview

IDFA, aka Iternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – An Overview

IDFA is the documentary realm’s pre-eminent cutting edge film festival, acclaimed for presenting trend-setting ‘creative documentaries,’ with ‘creative’ roughly defined as expressing the filmmaker’s point of view in a creative and cinematic manner– one which may challenge or push the envelope on established forms in nonfiction filmmaking.

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Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA for Saving Elephants

Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA for Saving Elephants

Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has directed her enormous talents to address a huge issue. Bigelow has made an effective and affecting three-minute PSA to support the cause of saving elephants in Sub-Sahan Africa, where poachers are slaughtering entire herds of the wonderful creatures for their ivory tusks — although international trade in ivory is universally illegal. Entitled Last Days, the PSA premieres at New York Film Festival on September 27 at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at NYC’s Lincoln Center.

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Movie Review: POINT AND SHOOT

Movie Review: POINT AND SHOOT

While chronicling the exploits of Matthew VanDyke, an American who gained notoriety when he joined rebel forces in Libya and was captured and imprisoned, filmmaker Marshall Curry deftly targets the subject of how movies and the media influence personality, aspirations and social behavior in the children who are exposed to them. though Curry’s lens, VanDyke becomes a fascinating Everyman. Curry is right on target in his handling of VanDyke’s story and the film is a bull’s eye.

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Movie Review: UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY, A 3D Documentary Event

Movie Review: UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY,  A 3D Documentary Event

For music documentary fans, especially those who are devoted to electronic dance music, Under The Electric Sky is the equivalent of a contemporary Woodstock — with the added attraction of providing a fully immersive and utterly spectacular 3D experience. And then, too, there’s the opportunity for die hard devotees to host their own theatrical screenings through an innovative ‘crowdsourcing’ distribution model. The film is well worth a look. So, too, is the distribution model.

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Jerusalem Film Festival Awards to Female Directors!

Jerusalem Film Festival Awards to Female Directors!

The Festival, taking place from July 10 to 20, 2014,, was one of the few Israeli cultural events held during that time frame that wasn’t cancelled due to concerns about security. With Israel under attack, and air raid sirens sounding frequently, festival organizers opened each screening and festival event with instructions to intrepid audiences about where to find the nearest bomb shelter. In several instances, alarms sent viewers to the secured areas, but for the most part, the program played as planned.

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Park Chan Wook Masterclass @ Jerusalem Film Festival

Park Chan Wook Masterclass @ Jerusalem Film Festival

When an air raid alarm sounds during Park Chan Wook’s Masterclass at the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival (July 10-20, 2014), half the audience reluctantly but obediently leaves the room to seek shelter. Park sits tight, and those who remain with him hear the philosophy-student-turned-filmmaker quietly comment, “Korea and Israel are the only two nations in the world where you are discussing moviemaking in one room while a rocket is targeted at the room next door.”

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The European Documentary Network, an Overview

The European Documentary Network, an Overview

Founded in 1996, the European Documentary Network (EDN) is dedicated to enhancing opportunity for documentary filmmakers by stimulating cooperation and networking, and spreading knowledge within the documentary sector about financing and distribution. The independent nonprofit organization currently has more than 1000 members representing documentary communities in more than 60 countries. EDN is an invaluable resource. Read more…

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Documentary Film Festival Calendar 2014

Hey Documentary Filmmakers: Work with this list of documentary film festivals scheduled throughout the year. Pick and choose which best suit your film and which will provide you with the best, most and right sort of exposure.

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About Cinema Citizen

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Report From Nordisk Panorama, 2013

Report From Nordisk Panorama, 2013

Nordisk Psnorma 2013 presented a program of 91 films, including documentary features and shorts and narrative shorts, with 16 films in competition for best Nordic documentaty, 15 films in competition for best Nordic short and 15 films in competition for best New Nordic Voice.The 24th edition of the annual festival took place from September 20 to 24 in various venues throughout the city of Malmo, Sweden.

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