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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 19, 2015

You can see documentary shorts by local filmmakers or travel through time with a classical music concert.

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Filmmakers Find A Different Way To Show The Syrian Conflict

For years, an anonymous Syrian group has been posting short, simple films on the Internet featuring people opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But their films feature Syrians with every point of view, even including some who support the Assad regime. And they rarely show Syria's destruction or images of death. Charif Kiwan, a spokesperson for the group, calls such depictions undignified.
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HBO Documentary 'The Jinx' Ends With Surprising Confession

In the bombshell finale Sunday night of HBO's six-part documentary "The Jinx," the film's subject, Robert Durst, appeared to confess to several murders.
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Documentary Makers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

PBS and some of big public television stations are moving news and public affairs documentaries out of prime time. Thy're putting in audience favorites like Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.
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From Waitress To TV Writer: A 'Surreal, Fantastic Cinderella Story'

Diane Ruggiero-Wright was a full-time waitress in New Jersey when one of her patrons asked what she really wanted to be doing. She told him she was a writer — and it turned out he was a writer, too.
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Gather Ye Rosebuds: 'Citizen Kane' Screened At Hearst Castle

Citizen Kane by Orson Welles was inspired by media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who hated it with a passion. But this weekend, the film was finally shown at Hearst's legendary California castle.
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People With Disabilities, On Screen And Sans Clichés

Films that focus on disability are frequently overlooked by festivals and audiences. Reelabilities, a 15-city festival, is bucking the trend, showcasing films by and about people with disabilities.
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'Midnight Rider' Director Gets Two-Year Sentence In Camera Assistant's Death

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Los Angeles Times' Richard Verrier about Sarah Jones, who died on the Midnight Rider set. Director Randall Miller will serve two years for involuntary manslaughter.
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These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Forbidden City was part of a Chinese-American nightclub scene that flourished in 1940s and '50s San Francisco. But between racial taunts and scandalized parents, its performers didn't have it easy.
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What's Familiar Becomes Unnerving In 'It Follows'

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews It Follows, a film that he says works some interesting changes on the horror genre.

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