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    HBO Rides "The Prison Rodeo"

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the broadcast rights to Bradley Beesley's documentary "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo." The film, which goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this pas...

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    @SnagFilms: Memorial Day '09

    Exactly 140 years ago next week, America observed its first Decoration Day, meant to commemorate the lives lost by Union soldiers in the Civil War. Not until after World War I did what we now call Memorial Day come into being, a remembrance of all of the warrior lives lost in American wars. SnagFilm...

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    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel On Their "New World Order"

    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel's doc "New World Order" premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. The film is a behind the scenes look at the underground anti-globalist movement. This growing movement targets the annual Bilderberg conference, and the 9/11 attacks as focal points in the alleged global conspiracy. Alex Jones, a celebrity radio host, and underground cult hero, is the main character of the film. The film chronicles Alex, and four other conspiracy theorists, on their ceaseless quests to expose the 'massive global conspiracy' that they believe threatens the future of humanity. indieWIRE talked to the filmmakers about "New World Order," ...

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    SILVERDOCS Fills Out Rest of Slate

    Following their competition lineup yesterday, AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival has announced the remainder of their programming for the June 15-22 fest. In total, the Washington, D.C.-area festival will present 122 films representing 58 countries selected from 1,983 submissions...

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    "Dreams" To Race In SILVERDOCS' Competition

    AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival has announced the competition films for the 2009 Festival, taking place June 15-22, 2009 in the Washington, DC area. Films will screen in six sections: Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Music Documentary, Sterling Short Film Competition, and the to-be-announced Silver Spectrum and Special Programs (check back with indieWIRE tomorrow for those lineups). Overall, the festival will present 122 films representing 58 countries selected from 1,983 submissions with seven World, three North American, 12 US, and 14 east coast premieres, plus 12 retrospective film...

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    Much Bigger Than Himself: Østergaard Talks "Burma VJ"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This first person by Anders Østergaard originally appeared in an issue of UK newspaper The Guardian and has been republished with permission. His film "Burma VJ" is being released in US theaters tomorrow by Oscilloscope

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    A Home For Chris Rock's "Hair"

    Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired the worldwide rights to Sundance premiere "Good Hair." The film, a look at the African American hair culture, won the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the fest. Directed by Jeff Stilson and produced by HBO, "Hair" features Chris...

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    Shadow To "Bring What I Love"

    Shadow Distribution has acquired North American distribution rights to Chai Vasarhelyi's doc "I Bring What I Love: Youssou Ndour."

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    Hot Docs Audience Breaks Record; Votes "The Cove"

    Hot Docs wrapped up its most successful festival to date this weekend in Toronto, with audience numbers reaching an estimated 122,000. This marks a rather astounding 42% increase over 2008's fest. Hot Docs, which ran April 30 to May 10, featured 266 public screenings of 171 films. A record number o...

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    From a "Village" to a "City": Hot Docs Awards Their Best

    The 2009 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival handed out their awards in Toronto tonight, at a ceremony hosted by the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi (of this fame). Simon El Habre's "The One Man Village" and Hubert Davis's "Invisible City" were the recipients of the fest's two big prizes, with ...

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