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Refugees walking near Idomeni Camp, Greece in the documentary Human Flow, an Amazon Studios release. Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios ©

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was the subject of a 2012 documentary titled AI Weiwei: Never Sorry. Now the artist has made his own documentary, about refugees, mostly fleeing war in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, called Human Flow.

Ai Weiwei knows something of this experience, having been an undocumented immigrant in New York in his youth. He returned to his native China, gained fame as an artist but the artist has since left, following his release from house arrest. Ai Weiwei’s sympathy lies firmly with the refugees and their plight in this emotional film.

In his documentary, Ai turns his camera on refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, landing on the shore of Lesvos, Greece, and in refugee camps in Iraq. Ai documents the arrival of refugees by boat, as well as assisting some,
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Election Day Documentary ‘11/8/16’ Sets Theatrical, Streaming Release Dates in November

Election Day Documentary ‘11/8/16’ Sets Theatrical, Streaming Release Dates in November
The Orchard will release its Election Day documentary “11/8/16” in theaters Nov. 1, and on-demand and streaming two days later.

The doc features the work of 16 filmmakers who each followed a different story throughout the country during the close of a raucous and unprecedented election cycle.

Intended as a candid portrait of America during an election many thought would bring the country its first female president, the doc follows a cross-section of Americans throughout the day, culminating in the surprise election results. Jeff Deutchman produced and curated the film. It follows his previous documentary, “11/4/08,” which followed supporters of President Barack Obama when he was first elected.

“(’11/8/16′) was an opportunity for people across the world to get a window into the psyche of a wide variety and a diverse group of Americans and what they were thinking that day,” said Paul Davidson, executive V.P. of film and television at the Orchard. “We thought it could be a historic document
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‘Human Flow’ Trailer: Ai Weiwei Explores The Refugee Crisis

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Artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei has gained international acclaim for his work, and been the subject of films including “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.” This time around, he’s going behind the camera to explore a crisis that’s currently gripping the globe.

The documentary “Human Flow” will take audiences around the world, as it details the profound human migration that is seeing people cross deserts, seas, and more to find safety and shelter.

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2016 Movie Titles: Rise of the Colons – From ‘Captain America’ to ‘Rogue One’

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2016 Movie Titles: Rise of the Colons – From ‘Captain America’ to ‘Rogue One’
There’s a punctuation party raging throughout Hollywood, which is in desperate need of a colon cleanse. This year alone, Hollywood will release 20 films with colons in their titles, which appears to be a record. The colon proliferation is indicative of the industry’s reliance on sequels and reboots that need to distinguish themselves from their predecessors with a pair of dots and a subtitle. And we’re not even counting all the foreign films and documentaries released in less than 100 theaters, projects like “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla” and “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
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The Orchard’s ’11/8/16′ Is the Most Ambitious Election Day Documentary in History

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The Orchard’s ’11/8/16′ Is the Most Ambitious Election Day Documentary in History
The 2016 presidential election is finally coming to an end, but The Orchard is just getting started on “11/8/16,” the follow-up to Jeff Deutchman’s 2008 documentary about the election of President Obama, “11/4/08.” Produced by Deutchman and directed by more than 40 filmmakers who will capture footage from all over the country on Tuesday, November 8, the film represents the most ambitious Election Day documentary ever produced.

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Filmmakers contributing to the project include “Suited” director Jason Benjamin, who will be following Lena Dunham as she volunteers for the Hillary Clinton campaign; “Bombay Beach” director Alma Har’el, who will be following Clinton’s director of video Sierra Kos; “Being Evel” director Daniel Junge, who will be follwing the Los Angeles Times’ assistant managing editor of politics, Christina Bellantoni; and “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” director Alison Klayman, who will be following NPR
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5 Tips from Industry Pros on Staying Afloat in the Documentary Field

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Read More: Why We Bought Your Film: Top Distributors Answer the Tough Questions  At one of this week's Ifp Film Week panels, two documentary producers at the top of their game weighed in on what it's like to work in the increasingly fast-paced industry, and shared some tips on how to handle the role of creative producer. Nancy Goldman, Svp of HBO Documentary Films and Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures, whose credits include "Best of Enemies," "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present," "Buck" and "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," sat down to talk.  What do you need to be a good creative producer?  "I think creative producing and executive producing are in a similar place, but the intensive, hands-on version is the creative producer," explained Goldman. In short, the creative producer does everything. "Ideally, you should be across...
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'Mateo' Clip: Meet America's First White Mariachi Singer | Exclusive

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'Mateo' Clip: Meet America's First White Mariachi Singer | Exclusive
XLRator Media has provided us with an exclusive clip for their new documentary entitled Mateo, which opened in limited release last weekend and debuts on VOD and iTunes formats August 25. This clip showcases the vocal skills of Matthew Stoneman, America's first white mariachi singer, as he records his song "The Virtue of Cuba." XLRator acquired the rights to the film earlier this month, following its critically-acclaimed debut at the South By Southwest Festival back in March.

Mateo follows America's most notorious gringo mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as Mateo, America's first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame. Here's
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Exclusive: Impact Partners to Launch Emerging Documentary Producers Fellowship at Doc NYC 2015

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Impact Partners, the leading financier and executive producer of documentary film, will launch a new annual Emerging Documentary Producers Fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to some of the industry’s most promising new producers at an inaugural ceremony at Doc NYC this fall. The goal of the new fellowship is to foster emerging producing talent by launching a program that consists of a yearlong series of workshops with some of the most prominent luminaries in the field of documentary film. Guest documentary experts confirmed to participate in the 2015-2016 fellowship workshops include: Victoria Cook ("Page One: Inside the New York Times,"), Geralyn Dreyfous ("The Square"), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp"), Liz Garbus ("What Happened, Miss Simone?"), Howard Gertler ("Do I Sound Gay?"), Julie Goldman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), Amy Hobby ("What Happened, Miss Simone?"), Tabitha Jackson (...
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Susan Sarandon Curates Favourite Documentaries For SundanceNow Doc Club

Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon has teamed up with the SundanceNow Doc Club as a guest curator to share with audiences, eight of her favourite documentaries. Also included in the program are two documentaries, Storied Streets and Waiting For Mamu, which are not only executive produced by Sarandon but have also never been released before on subscription VOD.

‘When I watch a doc, at least once, I want my head to explode and my heart to feel. I want to see the world differently. Know something I didn’t know before. Engage me but most of all surprise me’.

‘I appreciate a doc when it encourages you to be the protagonist in your own life or when it makes you itch to solve a problem, fight for justice. Others celebrate life and the human spirit. Doesn’t get much better than this’.

Each of the eight films selected come with
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Susan Sarandon to Guest Curate for SundanceNow Doc Club

Susan Sarandon to Guest Curate for SundanceNow Doc Club
Susan Sarandon will share her favorite non-fiction films as part of the SundanceNow Doc Club, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Oscar winner will spotlight eight films that touch upon a range of social, political and artistic issues including “Pink Ribbon, Inc.,” a critique of the lack of progress in breast cancer treatments; “Trouble the Water,” an examination of Hurricane Katrina survivors; and “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” a profile of the Chinese artist and activist. She will also share two films that she executive produced: “Storied Streets,” a look at homelessness, and “Waiting for Mamu,” a portrait of social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year Pushpa Basnet. It’s the first time that the films have appeared on streaming video-on-demand.

Sarandon’s selections will go live on Friday.

“Susan has a unique point-of-view and she’s a passionate patron of documentaries,” said Linda Pan, general manager of SundanceNow Doc Club.
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3 SundanceNow Doc Club Panels to Catch in Park City

3 SundanceNow Doc Club Panels to Catch in Park City
SundanceNow Doc Club brings three enticing panels to Park City throughout the next week, all of which are tied to the digital programming already on offer via the documentary streaming service. The panels will focus on short films, black lives on film and documenting celebrities, with featured panelists including award-winning directors Lucy Walker, Liz Garbus, Morgan Neville and Daniel Junge. Full info below. Panels go down at the SundanceTV HQ and will be moderated by SundanceNow Doc Club Curator and documentary impresario Thom Powers. Panels will stream online in the coming weeks. Also, check out Doc Club's Sundance Festival Favorites program, curated by festival programmers including Sundance's Director of Programming Trevor Groth. Now available online, the slate includes "5 Broken Cameras," "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," "Black Power Mixtape," "Hoop Dreams," "The Weather Underground," "The Red...
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Watch: Where Four Sundance Doc Subjects Are Today, From Ai Weiwei to 'We're Not Broke' (Exclusive)

Watch: Where Four Sundance Doc Subjects Are Today, From Ai Weiwei to 'We're Not Broke' (Exclusive)
After a documentary premieres, what happens to the people that are its focus? SundanceNow Doc Club offers Toh! four exclusive videos that will bring you up to speed on the subjects of acclaimed docs "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," "We're Not Broke," "Hot Coffee" and Oscar nominee "How to Survive a Plague," all of which contended for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in recent years. These director interviews are part of SundanceNow Doc Club's latest curation Fight the System, a slate of docs that dig into contemporary American issues and are now available to stream.  "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - Dir. Alison Klayman "Hot Coffee" - Dir. Susan Saladoff "How to Survive a Plague" - Dir. David France "We're Not Broke" - Dirs. Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes
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Telluride: Fandor Acquires Sci-Fi Short ‘The Sand Storm’ Starring Ai Weiwei

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Exclusive: Indie film subcription service Fandor has acquired sci-fi short film The Sand Storm ahead of its Telluride debut this weekend, and has set a day and date release coinciding with its world premiere this Sunday, August 31. The narrative short is directed by Jason Wishnow, the filmmaker behind the viral idea-fostering Ted Talks. It co-stars Chinese art star Ai Weiwei (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) in the dystopian tale of a city facing a water crisis in the near future, told from the perspectives of a woman, a man, a lover and a water smuggler. Wishnow co-wrote the script with Li-Anne Huang.

Fandor is the indie subscription VOD service that independent producer Ted Hope took the reins of in January. The company will make The Sand Storm available online on Fandor.com simultaneous to its world premiere at Telluride this Sunday at 4pm Mt. Earlier this summer the filmmakers launched a
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Ifp Announces Project Forum Slate for Independent Film Week September 14-18, 2014

Ifp announced its 2014 slate of 133 new films in development and works in progress selected for its esteemed Project Forum at Independent Film Week. This one-of-a-kind event brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers. Through the Project Forum, creatives connect with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences. Under the curatorial leadership of Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson & Senior Director of Programming Milton Tabbot, this one-of-a-kind event takes place September 14-18, 2014 at Lincoln Center supporting bold new content from a wide variety of domestic and international artists.

“As we set to embark on our 36th Independent Film Week, we are impressed by the outstanding slate of both U.S. and international projects selected for this year’s Project Forum,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of Ifp. “We know that the industry will be as excited as we are with the accomplished storytellers and their diverse and boundary pushing films.”

Featured works at the 2014 Independent Film Week include filmmakers and content creators from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. From documentarians Tony Gerber ("Full Battle Rattle"), Pamela Yates ("Granito: How To Nail A Dictator"), and Penny Lane ("Our Nixon") to Michelangelo Frammartino ("Quattro Volte") and Alexis Dos Santos ("Unmade Beds"), as well as new work from critically acclaimed artists and directors Aurora Guerrero ("Mosquita y Mari"), Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"), Travis Matthews ("Interior. Leather. Bar") and Yen Tan ("Pit Stop").

Independent Film Week brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new documentary and narrative works-in-progress and support the future of storytelling. The program nurtures the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers through the facilitation of over 3,500+ custom, one-to-one meetings with the financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences. In recent years, it has also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Rama Burshtein ("Fill The Void"), Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), Marshall Curry ("If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth LIberation Front"), Laura Poitras ("The Oath"), Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

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New For 2014

Evenly split between documentary and narrative features, selected projects hail from throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada, as well Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. New this year, Ifp will be including web series in it programming, as well as spotlighting Latin & Central American artists and content with 15 projects featured across all programs in the Forum.

In a joint effort to recognize the importance of career and creative sustainability, Ifp and Durga Entertainment have partnered on a new $20,000 filmmaker grant for an alumnus of Ifp. The grant is intended for active, working filmmakers who are also balancing a filmmaking career with parenting. The grant provides a $20,000 unrestricted prize to encourage the recipient to continue on her or his career path of making quality independent films. American directors or screenwriters working in narrative film who have participated in the Ifp Filmmaker Labs or Ifp Independent Film Week's Emerging Storytellers or No-Borders International Co-Production market are encouraged to apply by the deadline of August 8, 2014.

Narrative Feature Highlights

Narrative features and webseries in Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers and No Borders International Co-Production Market sections highlight new work from top emerging and established creative visionaries on the U.S. and international independent scene.

This year’s slate includes new feature scripts featuring directors Dev Benegal ("Road, Movie"), Alexis Dos Santos ("Unmade Beds"), Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin ("Now, Forager"), Michelangelo Frammartino ("Le Quattro Volte"),Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda"), Rashaad Ernesto Green ("Gun Hill Road"), Aurora Guerrero ("Mosquita Y Mari"), Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"),Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), Travis Mathews ("Interior. Leather Bar"), Stacie Passon ("Concussion"), Yen Tan ("Pit Stop"), as well as up-an-coming actor/directors Karrie Crouse ("Land Ho!") and Peter Vack ("Fort Tilden""I Believe in Unicorns").

Producers and executive producers of note attached to participating projects include Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson ("Good Dick"), Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams ("Hellion"),Laura Heberton ("Gayby"), Dan Janvey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Kishori Rajan ("Gimme the Loot"), Adele Romanski ("The Myth of the American Sleepover"), Kim Sherman ("A Teacher"), Susan Stover ("High Art"), and Alicia Van Couvering ("Tiny Furniture").

Web Storytellers Highlights

For the first time this year, Ifp presents a dedicated spotlight within the Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program for creators developing episodic content for digital platforms. The inaugural slate for the Web Storytellers spotlight includes new works from filmmakers Desiree Akhavan ("Appropriate Behavior", HBO’s Girls), Calvin Reeder ("The Rambler"), and Gregory Bayne ("Person of Interest"), as well as producers Elisabeth Holm ("Obvious Child"), Susan Leber ( "Down to the Bone"), and Amanda Warman ("The Outs,"Whatever This Is"). Two of the series participating are currently in post-production, and will be making their online debut in the coming months – Rachel Morgan’s Middle Americans, starring Scott Thompson, Carlen Altman, and Alex Rennie, and Daniel Zimbler and Elisabeth Gray’s Understudies, starring Richard Kind and David Rasche. [p Spotlight On Documentaries Highlights

The documentary selection includes new work from seasoned non-fiction directors such as Emmy winners Robert Bahar andAlmudena Carracedo ("Made in La"), Pamela Yates ("Granito: How to Nail a Dictator"),Ramona Diaz ("Imelda," "Don’t Stop Believin’") Gini Reticker ("Pray the Devil Back to Hell") Tony Gerber ("Full Battle Rattle"); from producers such as Court 13’s Benh Zeitlin and Dan Janvey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Liran Atzmor ("The Law in These Parts"), Tim Williams ("Once In A Lifetime") and Hilla Medalia ("Web Junkie"), and follow-up second features from recent doc world “breakouts”Steve Hoover ("Blood Brother") Penny Lane ("Our Nixon"), Michael Collins ("Give Up Tomorrow"), and Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker ("Flex is Kings").

Exciting new work from debut documentary directors previously known for fiction films include Alex Sichel ("All over Me") with her personal doc The Movie about Anna, Lisa Cortés (producer, "Precious") with "Mothership: The Untold Story of Women and Hip Hop," and Daniel Patrick Carbone ("Hide Your Smiling Faces") with Phantom Cowboys.

Sponsors

Independent Film Week’s Premier sponsors are Royal Bank of Canada (Rbc) and HBO. Gold sponsors are A&E IndieFilms and SAGIndie. Silver sponsors are Durga Entertainment, Eastman Kodak Company, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa and Telefilm Canada. Official Independent Film Week Partner is Film Society of Lincoln Center. Independent Film Week is supported, in part, by funds provided by the Ford Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts and Time Warner Foundation.

About Ifp

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by Ifp, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Ifp represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, Ifp has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at www.ifp.org.
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See Genius at Work in the Hip-Hop Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

See Genius at Work in the Hip-Hop Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton
The distinction between fawning infomercial and documentary, particularly when the subject is either an artist or important subcultural figure, is one that increasingly few documentarians seem able to draw. Too many contemporary nonfiction filmmakers seem to think their subjects must be presented in as sanitized and inoffensive a manner as possible. One of the things that made, say, Alison Klayman's Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry such potent viewing was Klayman's unwavering juxtaposition of her subject's noble artistic and political causes with his often ignoble treatment of his wife and family. The full spectrum of his being was presented and the film was better for it.

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Indie Box Office Preview: 'The Immigrant' Opens a Year After It Debuted In Cannes; Can It Counter 'Godzilla'?

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Indie Box Office Preview: 'The Immigrant' Opens a Year After It Debuted In Cannes; Can It Counter 'Godzilla'?
While all studio eyes are on "Godzilla," a few indies are quietly making their way to theaters this weekend, too, and we're previewing them in terms of their box office potential. It's a rather underwhelming pack, with only James Gray's "The Immigrant" the one most definitely expected to impress. Clearly not with "Godzilla"-sized numbers (or even 1 percent of them), but with a promising start for one of the few well-reviewed alternatives to studio fare opening this weekend. Here's how things could shake down for it and three other new specialty releases (in alphabetical order):Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (International Film Circuit) Director:  Andreas Johnsen Cast: Ai Weiwei Criticwire Average: No grades yet. Where Is It Screening: Exclusively at New York's IFC Center. Box Office Expectation: Two years ago, Chinese artist and advocate Ai Weiwei got the documentary treatment in the financially successful "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,
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Hey Australia! Don't Miss Madman's Massive January Giveaway!

To celebrate the releases of The Act Of Killing and The Gatekeepers on DVD, Madman is giving you, our dear readers, the chance to win a DVD pack consisting of 10 documentaries (pictured above). Whether you like it confronting, informative or entertaining, you will definitely find something you like in the pack. First prize (one winner): All 10 of the pictured documentaries on DVD - The Act Of Killing, The Gatekeepers, Pussy Riot, The Human Scale, The House I Love In, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Searching For Sugar Man, El Bulli: Cooking In Progress, Dreams Of A Life, The Queen Of VersaillesSecond prize (three winners): One of the following documentaries on DVD - The Act Of Killing, The Gatekeepers, Pussy Riot, The Human Scale, The House...

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Film Review: ‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case’

Within China, the authorities can position the arrest and subsequent censoring of artist-turned-folk hero Ai Weiwei any way they please. Abroad, however, Ai’s supporters have been treated to a much more candid version of events through his conceptual art exports, by following his social-media use and via documentaries that offer his side of the story. Danish director Andreas Johnsen’s “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” picks up where Alison Klayman’s “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” left off, serving as not just an update, but an even more galvanizing call for reform, destined to be heard on festival and arthouse screens worldwide.

In “Never Sorry” Klayman had the far more difficult job of juggling Ai’s international significance as an artist with his mounting legal problems at home in China, not to mention the challenge of convincing her subject (who had made half a dozen documentaries of his own) to
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Review: Ai Weiwei Is Both Movie Star and Director in New Docs 'The Fake Case' And 'Stay Home!'

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Review: Ai Weiwei Is Both Movie Star and Director in New Docs 'The Fake Case' And 'Stay Home!'
Mixed media artist Ai Weiwei is the rare Chinese iconoclast whose provocative output manages to circumvent countless efforts by the government to censor him, which is a particularly impressive feat given his current ubiquity. Last year, Alison Klayman's documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" followed Ai through the aftermath of his work on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his daring critique of government aid "The Sichuan Earthquake Names Project" and his eventual imprisonment by the government for 80 days. Now comes Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen's "Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case," which premiered this week at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. An unofficial follow-up to "Never Sorry," "The Fake Case" explores Ai's yearlong period of probation after his release in 2011. At the same, Ai himself has recently completed a documentary, "Stay Home!," a touching portrait of a strong-willed young woman with AIDS fighting the government for better care. The movie extends Ai's cinematic.
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Ai Weiwei Sends Empty Chair to Stockholm Film Fest in Protest

Ai Weiwei Sends Empty Chair to Stockholm Film Fest in Protest
His attendance was never expected, but a provocative response to his predicament was all but assured.  In place of himself, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has sent an empty chair to the Stockholm Film Festival, a defiant artistic gesture symbolizing his inability to attend the event because of the intervention of Chinese authorities. Ai has been prevented from leaving China since he was released from prison in 2011, over charges of tax evasion, amid a political crackdown on outspoken artists and government critics.  Film Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry The Stockholm Film Festival, which opens today, each year reserves

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