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    Toronto Adds New Docs; Introduces One Day "Doc Conference"

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival had added five new documentaries to its growing program, with topics ranging from a Ruth Gruber bio, a multi-faceted look at modern China, a controversial exploration into the world of the Saharawi refugees, a probing study on autism and the story of Disney’s re-emergence as an animation powerhouse. The new titles come announced jointly with two doc-related initiatives set for the festival's 2009 edition, which runs September 10-19, 2009. The festival has set a newly formed Doc Conference, a full day of panels "devoted to the specific challenges and opportunities for documentary financing, distri...

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    Spike Lee's Latest Launching Sundance VOD Program

    Festivals films, including a number of documentaries, have a growing television outlet with the expansion of on demand offerings from the Rainbow's Sundance Channel and IFC. Spike Lee's "Passing Strange The Movie" will launch the Sundance Channel's "Sundance Selects" series, an ongoing video-on-dema...

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    Toronto Premiere "Life and Death" Gets Picked Up

    National Geographic Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to Lu Chaun's "City of Life and Death" ahead of its international premiere at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

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    QuickShots | Universal & Weinstein Woes, Austin Grants, Sundance Shorts & Eternity with Marilyn

    Universal execs under fire for a flop-filled season

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    Eight Projects Set For Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab

    Film Independent - the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival - has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for participation in its tenth annual Screenwriters Lab. The lab will take place in Los Angeles from August 17 until Septembe...

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    "Messenger" Opening Woodstock

    Oren Moverman's "The Messenger" will kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival on October 1st at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock. Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Steve Buscemi, the film debuted to warm notices at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, an...

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    QuickShots | Haynes and Winslet Remake "Mildred"; Singer's "Galactica," Saving Nolita, More

    Haynes and Winslet Head To HBO For "Mildred Pierce"

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    "Single Man," "Road," and "Goats" Among 19 New TIFF Titles

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival has announced 19 new titles to the festival, including new works from Alejandro Amenabar, Don Roos, Miguel Arteta, Sylvain Chomet, Rodrigo Garcia, Werner Herzog, Grant Heslov, John Hillcoat and Tom Ford. Seven Gala Presentations and 12 Special Presentati...

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    IFC Hooks "Fish Tank"

    IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Andrea Arnold's coming-of-age drama "Fish Tank." The film - Arnold's follow-up to her acclaimed debut "Red Road" - had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it shared a special Jury Prize with Chan-Wook Park's "Thirst." It sta...

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    Ledger's Final Role Gets U.S. Distribution?

    Variety is reporting that Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," featuring the final performance of late actor Heath Ledger, has likely found a U.S. buyer in Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The film - which also features Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell jointly fi...

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