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SPC and Participant Partner for new Errol Morris Doc

By Indiewire | Indiewire November 13, 2006 at 6:39AM

Sony Pictures Classics and Participant Productions have announced their partnership for Errol Morris' new documentary, "S.O.P." (which stands for "Standard Operating Procedure"). The new film looks at the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In the words of an announcement, it "will examine the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison, notorious for the shocking photos which began to appear in global media in 2004. It is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare." This marks the third film Sony Pictures Classics has co-financed with Morris; in addition to "The Fog of War," Sony Pictures Classics released Morris' "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" in 1997. Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Morris' producing partner on "The Fog of War," has the same role on "S.O.P." Diane Weyermann, EVP of documentaries for Participant Productions, is responsible for daily oversight of the film for Participant. In a statement, Errol Morris said: "I feel this is one of the most significant films I have ever worked on," said Morris. "There is a mystery about the war in Iraq. Not just how and why it started, but what it is ultimately about. It is a mystery that I am trying to investigate."
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Sony Pictures Classics and Participant Productions have announced their partnership for Errol Morris' new documentary, "S.O.P." (which stands for "Standard Operating Procedure"). The new film looks at the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In the words of an announcement, it "will examine the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison, notorious for the shocking photos which began to appear in global media in 2004. It is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare." This marks the third film Sony Pictures Classics has co-financed with Morris; in addition to "The Fog of War," Sony Pictures Classics released Morris' "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" in 1997. Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Morris' producing partner on "The Fog of War," has the same role on "S.O.P." Diane Weyermann, EVP of documentaries for Participant Productions, is responsible for daily oversight of the film for Participant. In a statement, Errol Morris said:

"I feel this is one of the most significant films I have ever worked on," said Morris. "There is a mystery about the war in Iraq. Not just how and why it started, but what it is ultimately about. It is a mystery that I am trying to investigate."