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    iW NEWS | POV Lands "Traces of the Trade"

    Katrina Browne's "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" has scored a deal with PBS's "POV," she announced on Monday night at the film's first screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Screening in the documentary competition, the film is an exploration of the first-time filmmaker's family history. Browne's ancestors, the deWolfs, were the largest slave-trading family in United States history. From 1769 to 1820, three generations of De Wolfs brought over more than 10,000 Africans. Browne wrote to more than 200 family descendents, inviting them to join her in on a journey to trace the family's legacy in a trip from Ghana to Cuba. Nin...

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    iW NEWS | "The Wave" Signs Canada, U.K. and Spanish Deals

    Dennis Gansel's Sundance World Dramatic Competition film, "The Wave" has entered deals in three territories, Celluloid Dreams announced Sunday. Alliance Films acquired the rights for Canada, while Momentum Pictures will release in the U.K., and Aurum will handle Spain. The deal was negotiated between Xavier Marchand and Robert Walakfor the filmmakers and Hengameh Panahi and Pierre Menahem from Celluloid. The film, based on a novel by Morton Rhue and is required reading in German schools, is the story of a high school teacher Rainer Wenger (Juergen Vogel) who comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian gove...

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    iW NEWS | HBO Confirms "Polanski" Deal; Plans Oscar Qualifying Run

    HBO Documentary Films confirmed it has picked up all U.S. rights to writer/director/producer Marina Zenovich's Sundance Film Festival doc competition film "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" and the company confirmed that plans to will give it an Oscar qualifying this year. The film, which had its...

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    iW NEWS | ESPN Is "Kicking It"

    ESPN announced that it has acquired Sundance soccer documentary "Kicking It." Produced by Ted Leonsis (who executive produced last year's "Nanking") and directed by Susan Koch, "Kicking It" details the lives of seven soccer players from six countries as they participate in the 4th annual Homeless World Cup. ESPN will retain exclusive television rights worldwide, and execute the film's digital distribution while working with the filmmakers to secure theatrical, DVD and other distribution. "'Kicking It" speaks to the perseverance of the human spirit and the global impact of sport," said Keith Clinkscales, ESPN senior vice president of content ...

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    iW NEWS | Weinstein Picks Up Int'l for "Polanski" in Park City

    Director Marina Zenovich's Sundance doc "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" has been acquired internationally by The Weinstein Company, the company announced Saturday morning. The international deal excludes all U.S. and Canadian rights, as well as U.K. television rights. A pact for the remaining rights is expected to close today in Park City. The film had its world premiere last night at Sundance with buyers and industry buzzing about the film afterward. "Polanski," screening in the festival's doc competition, chronicles the private tragedy and scandal that led to the legendary Polish-born film-makers exile from the United States. Michal Po...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Picks up "Ballast" Outside U.S.

    All international rights outside the U.S. to Sundance Film Festival dramatic competition title "Ballast" by Lance Hammer have been acquired by Paris-based sales outfit Celluloid Dreams. William Morris Independent is repping the film for both domestic and international rights. The film follows the st...

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    iW NEWS | HBO Announces "Black List" Acquisition

    In the third documentary deal timed to the opening day of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, HBO Documentary Films has announced its acquisition of domestic TV rights to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell's "The Black List: Volume One," which is having its world premiere in the Spectrum section on Tuesday at Sundance. The film is described as being "composed of dramatic portraits of some of today's most fascinating and influential African-American icons," including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean Combs, Mahlon Duckett, Thelma Golden, Lou Gossett, Jr., Bill T. Jones, Vernon Jordan, Marc Morial, Toni Morrison, Suzanne-Lori Parks, Richard Par...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Announces Deal for Sundance Closing Film, "CSNY Deja Vu"

    Fortissimo Films has announced a deal for worldwide sales rights to the Sundance Film Festival's closing night film, "CSNY Deja Vu." A look at Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 2007 "Freedom of Speech Tour," the film was directed by Neil Young, using the name Bernard Shakey. Fortissimo's Michael Werner...

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    iW NEWS | Zeitgeist Announces Sundance's First Deal, Acquiring Acclaimed "Up The Yangtze"

    On the morning that the 2008 Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, UT, Zeitgeist Films has announced its acquisition of Yung Chang's acclaimed first feature, "Up The Yangtze," a documentary about the effects of the construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam that is displacing millions and destroying national landmarks in the country. Set for its U.S. premiere tomorrow (Friday) in Sundance's world documentary competition, the film debuted back in November at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and will be released theatrically by Zeitgeist in April. It looks at life on River, where the filmmaker's grandfath...

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    iW NEWS | First Independent Eyes April Release for "Dark Matter"

    2007 Sundance film "Dark Matter" will be released by First Independent Pictures this April, the company announced recently. The drama is the feature film debut of opera and theater director Chen Shi-Zheng and stars Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn, and Meryl Streep. The film delves into the world of a brilliant ...

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