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    NonStop Selling "Back To Bosnia"

    Sabin Vajraca's "Back To Bosnia," produced by Alison Hanson, has been acquired for international sales by NonStop Sales and is being sold at MIPTV. It is described as, "a drama documentary about Aida Vajraca and her two children who move to Florida, as the Bosnian war escalates in the town of Banja Luka. Aida's husband Emir is left behind to work with a local organization to free prisoners from Serbian concentration camps. With the signing of a peace treaty in 1996, Banja Luka is handed over to the Serbs and Emir leaves his beloved country to join his family in America. Ten years later, the Vajracas return to Bosnia to reclaim their family ho...

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    iW BOT | "Dog" is Specialty Box office's Best Friend

    Veteran television and movie scribe Mike White made a strong directorial debut on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films as his Paramount Vantage-released comedy "Year of the Dog" opened to a per screen average of $15,460 at seven New York and L.A. theaters. Meanwhile, last week's iWBOT chart-topper, Milestone Films' popular restoration of Charles Burnett's low budget 1977 drama "Killer of Sheep," managed to hold onto second place, continuing its successful two-theater bicoastal run. Despite declining 46% in its per screen average, dropping from $15,864 to $7,359, the movie still stayed ahead o...

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    Strand Eyes Techine's "The Witnesses" for U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Andre Techine's "The Witnesses," the company announced Friday. Jon Gerrans from Strand concluded the deal with UGC International's Eva Diederix and is slated for a late autumn nationwide release. The film, which will have its North American premiere at Frameline's 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival as its opening film, deals with a group of friends and lovers who confront the first outbreak of AIDS in 1984 Paris. The film stars Michel Blanc as a physician and Emmanuelle Beart and Sami Bouajila as a couple whose lives become entertwined as they meet a young man who becomes the c...

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    "Black Book" In the Box office Black After Debut; "Killer of Sheep" Grazes the Green

    Paul Verhoeven, a directorial name long missing from and no longer expected on the marquees of art-house cinemas except for midnight screenings of his campy "Showgirls," made a triumphant second-place debut on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films as his Sony Pictures Classics-released wartime drama "Black Book" averaged $12,502 at nine New York and L.A. theaters. But healthy as that showing was, the biggest story over Easter weekend was the remarkable interest in Charles Burnett's "lost" "Killer of Sheep," the 1977 movie about a family in Watts that Milestone Films patiently restored and is s...

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    7th Art and Warner Home Video Nab North American Rights to "Rock the Bells"

    7th Art Releasing and Warner Home Video have jointly acquired North American rights to Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly's Tribeca and Slamdance Hip Hop doc "Rock The Bells." The deal was negotiated by 7th Art Releasing's Udy Epstein, WHV's Eva Davis and Felicia Bell, and Hennelly and Suchan of Open Road Films. The film will open in April in select cities across the US, while the DVD release is planned for mid to late July. The film is the story of the inaugural Rock The Bells festival in San Bernardino, California. "Personifying the fierce independence and Do-It-Yourself spirit of the Hip Hop generation, entrepreneur Chang Weisberg puts ...

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    Roadside Croons to US Rights for "Colma"

    Roadside Attractions has picked up worldwide rights to Richard Wong's "Colma: The Musical," the company announced Wednesday afternoon. The film is a musical comedy about "three recent high school grads who find themselves at a crossroads in their hometown of Colma, California, a cemetery-suffused suburb of San Francisco renowned for having more dead residents than live ones." The three teens each rebel in their own ways against the moribund reality of their hometown while making their way into adulthood. Along the way they burst into song and dance around cemeteries, shopping malls and college keg parties during the film's thirteen musical ...

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    iW BOT | "Journey" On Top As "Killer of Sheep" Sets Record

    ImaginAsian's Vietnamese-American "Journey From the Fall" had a second strong weekend to finish first on the indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films, while Milestone Films could have an art-house sensation on its hands after the second-pace finish of its theatrical release of Charles Burnett's "lost" 1977 film about life in Watts, "Killer of Sheep." Debuting on the chart in third place was IFC Films' "After the Wedding," which shows signs of establishing Danish director Susanne Bier in America. Also from IFC is Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" from the company's IFC First Take label, but its pl...

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    Sony Makes Worldwide Deal for Stephen Chow's Latest

    Sony Pictures Classics will release Stephen Chow's latest comedy "A Hope" in North America as part of a Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia worldwide acquisition just announced. Shot in China last year, the film was written by, directed and stars Chow, a megastar in Asia who was recently seen sta...

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    Shadow to Bring "Girls Rock!" to U.S.

    U.S. theatrical and DVD rights to debut co-directors Shane King and Arne Johnson's doc "Girls Rock!" have been acquired by Shadow Distribution, the company announced Thursday. The film, about a Rock 'n' Roll camp for girls, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Shadow president Ken Eisen announced the deal, which was negotiated by Annie Roney for ro co films international. The film will open in theaters in the autumn of 2007 after screening at several more festivals. "We are extremely pleased to be acquiring 'Girls Rock!,'" commented Eisen in a statement. "We feel this film h...

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    iW BOT | "Journey From the Fall" Rebounds to First; "The Namesake" and "Barley" Continue Strong

    In a stunning anomaly, a new movie that did poorly in Manhattan - "Journey From the Fall" - nevertheless did so well in Orange County and San Jose in California that it topped this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films with a $21,861 average from four the...

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