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Sundance Awards Women

This year’s Sundance documentary awards showcased some of my favorite recent films, made by and about women.

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Defending fair use: Good for YouTube’s business--and for us

YouTube Netflix logosWhy is Google promising to defend some YouTubers who regularly remix copyrighted work, if they are charged with infringing? Because fair use is central to its business plan. Oh, and to the future of creativity. That too.Read more...

IDFA films: Why Cinéma Vérité Is Still So Powerful

At IDFA 2015, the largest documentary film festival in the world, a good clutch of films, marked by their strong allegiance to observational-style cinéma vérité, demonstrated the power of the form to reveal insights hidden from the headlines. Read more...

Interactive Documentary: Takeaways from IDFA’s DocLab

IDFA’s DocLab conference and exhibit, the most well-established international showcase for interactive documentary, featured plenty of buzz (bacon ice cream made by growing meat in a petri dish! a coffin equipped with odors evoking famous deaths!), a lot of virtual reality, and some provocative insights. But we were still looking at experiments more than models.  After all, the theme of the event, “Seamless Reality,” was illustrated with a glitchy version of an Internet cat.

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Dangerous Docs Report Goes International

At the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), journalists and documentarians from around the globe shared stories of risk and reward in telling truth to power.Read more...