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ThinkFilm Touting Two Sundance Competition Docs

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 3, 2007 at 6:41AM

Two Sundance Film Festival documentaries are set at ThinkFilm, the company confirmed Wednesday. Earlier this year, ThinkFilm pre-bought worldwide rights to Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine's "War/Dance" and Robinson Devor's "Zoo," both of which will debut in the festival's doc competition later this month. "War/Dance" is described as the story of "a group of African children who overcome the brutal realities of war by participating in a national musical competition that can change their lives immeasurably." While "Zoo" -- sure to be a hot topic at the festival -- is described as, "the story of a seemingly average businessman whose secret sexual life led to his shocking death." In short, he died after having sex with a horse. "War/Dance" will be released in the 4th quarter of 2007, according to the company and they are already eyeing it as an awards season entry. In a statement, head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman said:"The emotional power of 'War/Dance' is more than matched by the beauty of its imagery and the eloquence of its storytelling. Though we are still in the midst of this year's awards season, I am already confident that 'War/Dance' will figure prominently in next year's race."As for "Zoo," Urman told indieWIRE that the provocative doc as stirred a lot of interest, but its not exactly what one might expect. He added:"It is, first and foremost, a very artistically rendered and poetic inquiry into the allure-- and dangers-- of opening those "locked doors," and responding to our innermost urges. There isn't a salacious or "tabloid" frame in the film but it is truly, legitimately shocking. It is also quite beautiful."Urman said that he will set a release date for "Zoo" after gauging the response to the film at Sundance. [Eugene Hernandez]
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Two Sundance Film Festival documentaries are set at ThinkFilm, the company confirmed Wednesday. Earlier this year, ThinkFilm pre-bought worldwide rights to Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine's "War/Dance" and Robinson Devor's "Zoo," both of which will debut in the festival's doc competition later this month. "War/Dance" is described as the story of "a group of African children who overcome the brutal realities of war by participating in a national musical competition that can change their lives immeasurably." While "Zoo" -- sure to be a hot topic at the festival -- is described as, "the story of a seemingly average businessman whose secret sexual life led to his shocking death." In short, he died after having sex with a horse. "War/Dance" will be released in the 4th quarter of 2007, according to the company and they are already eyeing it as an awards season entry. In a statement, head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman said:

"The emotional power of 'War/Dance' is more than matched by the beauty of its imagery and the eloquence of its storytelling. Though we are still in the midst of this year's awards season, I am already confident that 'War/Dance' will figure prominently in next year's race."

As for "Zoo," Urman told indieWIRE that the provocative doc as stirred a lot of interest, but its not exactly what one might expect. He added:

"It is, first and foremost, a very artistically rendered and poetic inquiry into the allure-- and dangers-- of opening those "locked doors," and responding to our innermost urges. There isn't a salacious or "tabloid" frame in the film but it is truly, legitimately shocking. It is also quite beautiful."

Urman said that he will set a release date for "Zoo" after gauging the response to the film at Sundance. [Eugene Hernandez]

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