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    iW NEWS | "Blindness" and "Summerhood" Bookend 28th Atlantic Film Festival

    Canadian/Brazilian co-production "Blindness" by Don McKellar will open the 28th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, NS September 11, ushering in the 10-day festival featuring 254 films. Also screening among AFF's eleven galas is local filmmaker Michael Melski's debut "Growing Up," Atom Egoyan's "Adoration," Jennifer Chambers Lynch's "Surveillance" and Cannes 2008 favorite "Une Conte de Noel" by Arnaud Desplechin. "The Book Lady," a documentary about Dolly Parton's campaign for children's literacy from Natasha Ryan and Brad Horvath is also on tap. Favorites making the festival cirucit rounds including "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" and "Otto: Or,...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Food"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of the documentary feature "Food, Inc.," which will have its world premiere at next week's Toronto International Film Festival. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner, the Participant Media-River Road Entertainment presentation draws upon Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan's investigation into "the growth of big business and the ways in which it has impacted upon how and what we eat." The deal, for worldwide rights excluding North America, was brokered between Fortissimo's Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions Winnie Lau, Participant Media's Executive Vice President, Business Affairs Jeff...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Doc Talk As Democrats Open '08 Presidential Convention

    Documentaries may seem undervalued in the traditional theatrical marketplace of late, but alongside the Democratic National Convention -- which got underway today here in Denver, CO -- non fiction films are seen as a vehicle for awareness and change. Adjacent to the Pepsi Center downtown, where thi...

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    REVIEW | The Rising: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble the Water"

    "I'm showing the world that we had a world before the storm," says Kimberly Rivers Roberts, a.k.a. Black Kold Madina, on August 28, 2005, the day preceding Hurricane Katrina's devastating touch down in New Orleans. Kimberly is poor, black, and, unlike the majority of the city's wealthier white citiz...

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    iW NEWS | Financial Town Hall Kicks off "I.O.U.S.A" Release Tonight

    iW NEWS | Financial Town Hall Kicks off "I.O.U.S.A" Tonight

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    iW NEWS | Icarus Offering "Bird's Nest" Doc Online

    Capitalizing on the high profile awareness of the 29th Summer Olympics in Bejing, Icarus Films is showcasing -- exclusively via Amazon Unbox -- Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm's "Bird's Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China." The doc looks at architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's building of Bejing's distinctive National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Available for a limited time through the end of the Games, the film is priced for both sale and rental. Company president Jonathan Miller developed the strategy while in conversations with Amazon aimed at securing a swift released timed to the Olympics. While he is open t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Trouble the Water" Co-directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary

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    Tribeca Institute Selects Seven for Gucci Doc Fund

    Seven projects have been selected for the Tribeca Film Institute's inaugural Gucci Tribeca Documentary Finishing Fund. Selected from 450 applicants, the projects will receive a total of $80,000 in finishing funds and post production guidance from the Institute. The new fund is aimed at supporting, i...

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    iW NEWS | "Allah Made" For Truly Indie

    Truly Indie has announced that it will handle the U.S. theatrical release of Andrea Kalin's documentary, "Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert." The film looks at three American Muslim comedians, Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Mosswho, who take "a no holds barred approach" to humor about being ...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony To Release "Devil Back To Hell"

    Balcony Releasing has announced its acquisition of the U.S. distribution of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker's doc "Pray The Devil Back To Hell." The film, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of a small band of Liberian women who came toget...

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