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    Cannes Market: The Weinstein Co. Continues Its Torrid Buying Pace

    The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. rights to a political documentary on the fall of Gaddafi: 'The Oath of Tobruk.' Directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya.

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    Review: 'Bill W.' Draws You Into The Trials And The Triumphs Of Alcoholics Anonymous

    “Bill W.” tells the story of the largely unsung hero William G. Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that has saved the lives of thousands and thousands of people. The documentary, led by directing and producing team Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino, is an effort to tell a r...

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    Cannes Market: 70mm Doc 'Samsara' Sells to Canada, Australia and New Zealand; Oscilloscope Has U.S.

    "Samsara," documentarian Ron Fricke's follow-up to "Baraka," was shot over five years on five continents on 70mm film. eOne Canada acquired rights to the film, which will be released in the US by Oscilloscope and in Germany by Busch Media Group on August 24.

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    Trailer Watch: Forbidden Voices - Directed by Barbara Miller

    An incredibly moving story of three women bloggers fighting to keep telling the truth. As First Lady Michelle Obama says: "courage can actually be contagious."

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    Now Funding: Doc "Street Fighting Man" Follows 3 Inner-City-Men In Post-Industrial Detroit

    Now funding via Kickstarter with 32 days left in its campaign, the feature length documentary Street Fighting Man, is directed and photographed by Andrew James and edited by Greg Snider (How To Die in Oregon).

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    Cannes Market Watch: Solution Takes 'Grand Piano' with Elijah Wood, High Point Media Group Gets John Boorman Documentary

    The Solution Entertainment Group acquired the international rights to "Grand Piano," starring Elijah Wood. The thriller from Spanish producing team, directed by Eugenio Mira ("The Birthday") tells the story of a piano virtuoso, crippled by stage fright, who fights to return to the stage. Currently W...

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    A Fitting “Noir City” Festival Finale

    I always look forward to the film noir festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. This year’s finale on Sunday night featured the eloquent, ever-youthful Marsha Hunt (who, incredibly, is 94) talking about her career after watching a film she made in 1949 and never saw before:' Mary Ryan, Detective'. ...

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    Cannes Watch: Special Screening of Bernard-Henri Levy's 'Le Serment de Tobrouk' ('The Oath of Tobruk')

    On Friday, May 25, the Cannes Film Festival will present a special screening of one of their Official Selection films, Bernard-Henri Lévy’s "Le Serment de Tobrouk" or "The Oath of Tobruk." French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy created the film during the eight-month conflict in Libya that put an en...

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    Women's Films Opening - May 4, 2012

    Women's Films Opening - May 4, 2012

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    Nirvana, Foo Fighter Frontman Dave Grohl to Direct "Sound City" Documentary

    Dave Grohl, the famed frontman of Foo Fighters and drummer of Nirvana, will direct and produce a music documentary, "Sound City," on the legendary music studio. From the trailer - posted below - it already looks frenetic and chock full with self-congratulatory interviews. But for fans of the infam...

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