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Academy's Rise of Non-Fiction Film: Documentary's Golden Age, Embracing Distractions, Oprah Is Wrong

The "Rise of Non-Fiction Movies" panel of six documentary filmmakers at the Academy's Goldwyn Theater Wednesday recall the Golden Age of documentary film, embrace distractions, and explain what Oprah got wrong. Beth Hanna reports:Six Oscar short-listed documentary filmmakers assessed the current state of non-fiction filmmaking: R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) moderated the panel including Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That), Davis Guggenheim (2006 Oscar-winner An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), Ricki Stern (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Devil Came on Horseback), Molly Thompson (executive producer of Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and Lourdes Portillo (Señorita Extraviada, Las Madres - The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo). Oprah Winfrey was wrong. Cutler ...

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