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    Nineteen Docs Set for Sundance Support

    Sundance Film Festival hit "Trouble The Water" is among the films being funded with the next round of support from the non-profit group. Sundance Institute will back the doc with an audience engagement grant in the wake of its recently announced distribution deal with Zeitgeist Films. Eighteen other...

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    Pondering Polanski in New Doc (Now Coming to a Theater Near You)

    In the wake of a small Oscar qualifying run this spring and then an HBO cable TV premiere last month, Marina Zenovich's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" officially opens in theaters this weekend. indieWIRE first covered the film shortly after its Sundance Film Festival debut.

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Gets "Frontrunners"

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures has announced a worldwide rights deal for Caroline Suh's documentary "Frontrunners." The SXSW Film Festival premiere follows a New York City high school campaign for student council president and will debut on October 15th at Manhattan's Film Forum, followed by a national theatrical release and a DVD debut next year. "Caroline did an amazing job of documenting the insanity of a political race, while capturing the endearing human quality of these quirky school candidates," Yauch said in statement. "I loved seeing the dynamics of a fully functioning political system within the microcosm of Stuyvesa...

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    NEWSWEEK | The End of the Documentary Film Market

    "It was only a few years ago that everyone was proclaiming the box-office triumph of nonfiction films," notes Newsweek's David Ansen, in a piece for the magazine's Global Literacy 2008 section. Detailing the downtown in the theatrical peformance of some docs, Ansen adds, "The irony is that we are in...

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    REVIEW | Gathering Moss: Alex Gibney's "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"

    Hunter S. Thompson's prose was nervy and pugnacious, his judgments bullying and hyperbolic, his life as volatile as any in postwar American letters. "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" couldn't be any more different in mien and spirit. A couple of passages aside, it is almost perversely straightforward in light of its unstable subject, a chronological march through the heavy '60s, the downer '70s and the post-Reagan blur with a dutiful assemblage of talking heads and archival footage. The historical and cultural insights are all textbook, the music choices "Gump"-esque (if I hear Jefferson Airplane playing over images of Summ...

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    LAFF '08 NOTEBOOK | Top Docs: "Trinidad," "No Name," "Pressure Cooker," "Loot" and "Boogie Man"

    "Everyone feels the need to express themselves and they hope that when they do the world accepts them." Truer words were never spoken by director PJ Raval whose first feature, "Trinidad" (co-directed by Jay Hodges), premiered in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the past week. In Raval...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Must Read After My Death" Director Morgan Dews

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story" Director Stefan Forbes

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | An Evening With Sheila Nevins

    In the Green Room prior to Thursday's "Evening with Sheila Nevins" event at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Nevins cashed in on a $100 bet pegged to the performance of Stephen Walker's "Young@Heart," the documentary acquired by Fox Searchlight during last year's festival. Sheila Nevins, president of ...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Thing With No Name" Director Sarah Friedland

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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