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AOL is set to launch a new Web site Thursday that will distribute documentaries.

Dubbed AOL True Stories, the site will offer titles before theatrical release and between the theatrical and DVD windows as part of a larger film catalog offering.

The site's films, which will be available to stream, download-to-own and buy as a DVD, will accompany community forums where viewers can share their perspectives through blogs, live chats, message boards and video posting. Additionally, filmmakers can maintain a blog to communicate with viewers and provide in-depth profiles of different aspects of their film.

"We're launching this site as part of an overall strategy to create and grow niche audiences online," said Jordan Kurzweil, vp development and production at AOL programming. "We're hoping to create great conversation online where people will debate about films."

Many of the site's docus are familiar titles from film festivals, including this year's Shadow Company, which provides a view inside the world of private security firms in Iraq, and the 1998 Oscar nominee Waco: Rules of Engagement.

The online destination will launch with 20 titles.

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