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    Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto

    Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto

    Going on a quest for the "real" Sarah Palin sounds like setting out in pursuit of the Holy Grail—it's something that's guaranteed to be hard to find, if it exists at all. But Brit documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield tried to do just that in his drolly titled Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which Content Film will release after its world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival. Content will have international rights for the film, while Cassian Elwes will release the film in the US.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Button-Pushing Clip From Nick Broomfield's Documentary 'Sarah Palin - You Betcha!'

    No, you're not confused, a Sarah Palin documentary is already making its way around the country, the hagiographic, softball portrait "The Undefeated," a grassroots sensation -- or so the producers want you to believe -- though in actuality, no one really cares all that much. Nevertheless, despite what you may think of her, it's undeniable that Palin is an intriguing political figure, someone who has managed to rally a huge group of followers who do have some impact on the discourse of the nation, no matter how misinformed and ridiculous that discourse is. And while "The Undefeated" is being pitched right to her core, controversial filmmaker Nick Broomfield has teamed with Joan Churchill to offer a response.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Award-Winning Race Identity Doc "Colour Me"

    Here's the trailer for Colour Me, a documentary examining the way we define race. It screened at this year's San Francisco Black Film Festival and won the "Bronze Palm Award" at the 2011 Mexico International Film Festival.

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  • Spout
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    Urban Folklore Explosion With New Trailers for Docs "Resurrect Dead" and "Shut Up Little Man!"

    Two like-minded documentaries premiered at Sundance this year -- both unfortunately without a lot of buzz -- that look into fascinating tales of urban myths. "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles" is about an enigmatic phenomenon involving tile-based street art -- or is it less art, more a message for the future? "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" is a comparatively grounded journey back into the analog days of viral and memetic media to show how long it took for someone to become an underground, accidental celebrity in the days before YouTube. Each deals in pre-Internet materials like zines, cassette swaps, pirate radio, as well as the early days of online message boards. Two modern detective stories that are similarly about the end of an era of folklore, as much as their own respective puzzles.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Unveils Doc Line-Up From Herzog, Spurlock, Wenders

    The Toronto International Film Festival offers a sprawling smorgasbord of more than 250 global offerings. IndieWIRE is continually updating the full line-up here. TIFF's full slate of documentaries--including films by Morgan Spurlock, Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Alex Gibney, Jonathan Demme, Werner Herzog, and Wim Wenders--is below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Red Tails" Director Anthony Hemingway Talks The Film, George Lucas, Rumors, More...

    Here's hoping Anthony Hemingway will agree to chat with Shadow And Act about the project, and more.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    ILM Talks Cowboys & Aliens Visual Effects

    Jon Favreau has long been a practical effects-oriented director, but with Cowboys & Aliens, he had to embrace the digital side, with the help of George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. Bill Desowitz talks to the famed VFX house about how they created those pesky aliens. There's nothing more daunting, it seems, than designing a great alien, especially in this ubiquitous post- 9/11 climate for invader movies. You can apply all the latest photoreal tech advancements you like, but if your creature isn't cool and captivating, forget it.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Window

    The lives of most child stars unfortunately do not have happy endings. Why so many of them have to endure hell in later life has a lot to do with our ever more disposable society, the nature of American movie fame, and each individual family taking such risks with their children.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Like Crazy' With Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones Re-Edited From R-Rating To PG-13 For Release

    Drake Doremus Says New Film With Guy Pearce & Amy Ryan A "Darker Cousin" To 'Like Crazy'The journey to Sundance is difficult as it is, but leaving is even harder as after all the hard work filmmakers put into their efforts, only very few leave Park City with the kind of buzz that Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy" has. With a Grand Jury Prize for Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones, the film which also co-stars Anton Yelchin and features Jennifer Lawrence in a small role as well, walked away with a distribution deal with Paramount and a wave of momentum for the director. But sometimes, to make that leap to a bigger stage you have to make some concessions, and in the case of "Like Crazy," it looks like Doremus had to make some tweaks to the movie in order to make sure its potential wasn't just limited to those aged 18 and over.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hitchcock Footage Unearthed: Academy to Show Found Reels from First Feature White Shadow

    It's been a big year for Hitchcock devotees. First, there was the latest unveiling of the 12-hour audio file from Hitchcock's famous interview with French critic and director Francois Truffaut. Now, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive have announced their discovery of the opening half-hour of The White Shadow, Hitchcock's first credited film.

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