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Durham's DoubleTake Documentary Festival Offers Four Days of Films

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DURHAM — The seats inside Durham's Carolina Theater are expected to be full over the next four days. That is when more than 5,000 people are expected toattend the largest documentary film festival in America.

More than 100 documentaries will be shown Thursday through Sunday duringthe 4th annualDoubleTakeDocumentary Film Festival.

"It's a wonderful mixture of films from allover the world," says festival director Nancy Buirski.

Films include the opening night screening of "The Press Secretary", which organizers describe as the real story of the TV series, "The West Wing."

"It is a look at the real world of Joe Lockhardt, the former presssecretary in the Clinton White House," explains Buirski.

Lockhardt will attend Thursday night's screening to talk toviewers.

More than 500 films were sent to the festivalthis year -- the most ever. The lucky 100 that will be shown includes adocumentary called"Startup.com."

Viewers will not only be entertained by the documentaries, they are encouraged to talk about them afterwards.

"With most of these films, the filmmakers come with them. They do Q&As,they will be part of panels andour community will have an opportunity tointeract with filmmakers and learn about theirpassion," says the festival director.

Some of the discussions include a debate on theline between documentary and reality television.Nightline correspondent Robert Krulwich will moderate a symposium.

Two special tributes are also planned.Some say the worst thing about this festivalis that it is impossible to see and do everything.


Ericka Lewis, Reporter
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