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  • August 24, 2020: Monday Memo: Staged Docs, a New Study of Film Critics and Gender & NY Movie Theaters Remain Closed
  • August 17, 2020: Behind the Editing Team Resignation, Black Girls Doc Mafia director Iyabo Boyd on Pure Nonfiction, NYFF & Open City Reveal 2020 Programs
  • August 10, 2020: Brazil’s Film Archive Faces Wipeout, New Partner to Diversify Nonfiction Production Talent, Sundance Shrinks for 2021
  • August 3, 2020: TIFF & Venice Lineups Unveiled, Universal & AMC Shorten Theatrical Window, 2020 Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced
  • July 27, 2020: Doc Editor Jonathan Oppenheim Dies at 67, Maysles Doc Center Launches Online Series, TIFF to Open With Spike Lee/ David Byrne Concert Doc
  • July 20, 2020: Tiger Production Controversy Breaks Out Over Representation, Telluride Cancelled Due to COVID19 & IDFA Forms Filmmaker Support Department
  • July 13, 2020: A Call for Accountability, UK Cinemas Test the Waters After Lockdown & Fall Film Festivals Vow To Collaborate
  • July 6, 2020: Kevin Rafferty Dead at 73, Academy Invites 819 New Members, and a Question: How Does Film Shape the Fight for Racial Justice?
  • June 29, 2020: Fall Festivals are Making Big Plans, Others are Asking if Movie Theaters are Safe
  • June 22, 2020: AmDoc Announced ‘Artist Mental Health Fund’ for BIPOC, North American Queer Festival Alliance Founded, Grasshopper Launched Projectr
  • June 15, 2020: Black Defiance at the Movies, Academy to Develop “Representation” Standards, AFI DOCS & Sheffield Doc/Fest Announce Lineups
  • June 8, 2020: Firelight Launches Beyond Resilience, Human Rights Watch Film Festival & More
  • June 1, 2020: Street Protests, RIP Christo, HOT DOCS & More