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PARK CITY -- As the gap between fact and fiction filmmaking has narrowed during the past few years, more and more films can only be categorized as documentary-feature hybrids. Two examples of what is becoming an evolving genre are on display this year at the Sundance Film Festival: Stephen Marshall's This Revolution and Travis Wilkerson's Who Killed Cock Robin? Both fictional features were written and directed by documentarians using cinema verite techniques. They follow in the wake of two docudrama hits that brought in solid boxoffice returns last year: Touching the Void and the Sundance entry Open Water, films shot by documentarians who were frustrated by the limitations of by-the-book film journalism. In addition, such filmmakers as Michael Apted, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme now routinely move back and forth between features and docus.

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