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    Atopia Takes North American Rights to "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez"

    North American rights to 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez" by Heidi Specogn as been acquired by Montreal-based Atopia Distribution. The film will be released in the U.S. and Canada in March with a DVD release to follow in early summer, according to the company. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers the U.S. military sent to war in Iraq in March, 2003. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in Iraq. He was also a so-called 'green-card soldier' - one of approximately 32,000 non-U.S. c...

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    A&E IndieFilms Makes Deal for Bar-Lev's "Kid"

    North American TV rights to Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" have been acquired by A&E IndieFilms. Described as a "unique hybrid deal," the preemtive pact, announced days before the film's debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, includes a rights acquisition and an equity investment, with A&E on board as a partner with the filmmakers, according to an announcement. They will jointly go into Sundance seeking a theatrical deal for the film, just as they pursued pacts for recent docs ("Jesus Camp" with Magnolia Pictures and "Murderball" with ThinkFilm.) The documentary explores the story of acclaimed 4-year old artist Marla Olmstead, se...

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    Participant Appoints John Schreiber to Newly Created EVP Post; Will Work on "Chicago 10"

    John Schreiber is joining Participant Productions in the newly created position of EVP, Social Action and Advocacy, it was announced today by the company's CEO, Jim Berk. Schreiber's first assignment in his new position will be Brett Morgen's "Chicago 10," a documentary about the antiwar protests at the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention and its aftermath. The film will screen this coming Thursday night in Park City, UT as the opening feature of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. "An Emmy and Tony Award winning producer with extensive experience across media platforms, John Schreiber has spent his career creating entertainment properties where ...

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    Berlin Fest to Fete Fassbinder with Gala Screening of Restored Classic

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Germany's most successful post-war director, Ranier Werner Fassbinder, the Berlinale, taking place February 8-18, will host a restored for cinema gala of "Berlin Alexanderplatz," which the festival describes as "one of the finest of his artistic accomplis...

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    REVIEW | Upstart: Andrei Kravchuk's "The Italian"

    It's something of a shame that the two most striking bits in Andrei Kravchuk's "The Italian" come, like bookends, at its beginning and end. The first finds a group of young children emerging like phantoms from the mist hovering over a bleak Russian bog to push an SUV run short of gas to its destina...

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    Screen Media Launches Theatrical Distribution Division

    DVD distribution outfit Screen Media will open a theatrical distribution wing, the company announced Wednesday, aiming to deliver six titles to screens per year. In the past year the company tested the waters by releasing Stephen Woolley's "Stoned" for limited release in 14 cities, as well as "Disaster! The Movie," which rolled out in more than 20 college markets. Making it official for 2007, the company's new theatrical unit will be run by Screen Media's president Robert Baruc, while Suzanne Blech, SVP of Acquisitions will oversee finding new films for the division. Screen Media's first release will be SXSW '06 film "Bickford Shmeckler's C...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Ian Iqbal Rashid: "My main influences were the dance films I grew up with:

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    Israel Film Festival to Honor Sony's Amy Pascal

    The 22nd annual Israel Film Festival will honor Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment at the fest's opening night's awards gala in Beverly Hills March 6, the event's executive director Meir Fenigstein announced Wednesday. "Amy's achievements within the film industry as well as her continued support of Israel, make her an ideal recipient for the Visionary Award," Fenigstein said. "She is a champion within the film community, has been embraced by The Consul General of Israel, Ehud Danoch, and we are looking forward to honoring her." The Los Angeles edition of the Israel Film Festival takes place March 7 - 22, with Miami and New Y...

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    Nine Films Vying Foreign Language Oscar

    Nine films have been named to a "short list" of titles vying for an Oscar nomination in the race for a best foreign language Academy Award, according to an announcement today from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Selected from the roster of 61 films submitted for consideration, the list includes: Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory," (Algeria), Deepa Mehta's "Water" (Canada), Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" (Denmark), Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne" (France), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" (Germany), Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico), Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" (The Netherland...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | David Sington: "At the end of 90 minutes the audience does feel it really

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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