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Free Solo (NatGeo) A complicated category in a banner year for documentaries with precursor wins going to films not even nominated. PGA and DGA went to Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers, respectively, but Free Solo came out on top at BAFTA. I can see RBG getting a lot of votes for its topicality and as a …

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IDA Nominations: ‘Minding the Gap, ‘Free Solo;’ ‘RBG,’ ‘Three Identical Strangers’ snubbed

Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap (Hulu) The nominations for the 34th Independent Documentary Association IDA) awards were announced today with some surprising snubs, even in a newly expanded field of nominees. While Minding the Gap, Free Solo and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? made the 10-film cut for Best Documentary Feature, two high-profile docs didn’t: RBG and Three Identical Strangers.  …

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‘Free Solo,’ ‘Minding the Gap,’ Wild Wild Country’ lead Critics’ Choice Documentary nominations

Free Solo (National Geographic Films) The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) collectively known as the Critics’ Choice, have revealed nominations for the 3rd Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with Free Solo, Minding the Gap and Wild Wild Country leading the pack. Free Solo, from National Geographic Films, topped the list with six nominations, including …

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Frontrunner Friday – Annapurna in flux; category changes

After last week’s drops of trailers for Vice and The Mule, this week’s Frontrunner Friday brings us a few changes that may or may not affect the status of a handful of films and performances. The big news is that Annapurna suffered a big loss with the stepping down (firing?) of its president Chelsea Barnard this week as the fledgling …

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Alexander Valley Film Festival: The Little Festival That Could

Fall brings us three things every year like clockwork; Daylight Savings Time, pumpkin spice lattes and film festivals. It seems that new festivals pop up every year, elbowing and angling for space in the crowded realm, be it big cities or small towns that want to offer their denizens first looks and fantastic cinema. Nestled in the Sonoma County side …

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