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    iW NEWS | First Independent Takes "Beautiful"

    First Independent Pictures has announced the acquisition of selected US theatrical rights to Darryl Roberts' "America the Beautiful." The film, which recently completed a run in Chicago, is a documentary that looks at America's unhealthy obsession with physical perfection. "Beautiful" made its deb...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Loot" Director Darius Marder

    [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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "All In This Tea" Directors Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht

    Co-directors Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht have collaborated on the documentary "All In This Tea." The film follows David Lee Hoffman, a man more passionate about tea than any other. Travelling with him to the most remote regions of China, Blank and Leibrecht detail Hoffman's search for the best ha...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Largo" Co-Director Andrew van Baal

    [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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    iW NEWS | MSNBC Launches New Film Division with "Dear Zachary"

    Cable news network MSNBC has opened a new doc division dubbed MSNBC Films. The initiative will give MSNBC a platform to present and produce films on television, while also "supporting films during their festival run and theatrical release," according to a company statement. Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father" will be the first film tied to the new venture. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment represents the film and negotiated and structured the partnership with MSNBC. The Slamdance film began as a memorial to Kuenne's life-long friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, but it took on a whole new meaning when it was revealed tha...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Pressure Cooker" Directors Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker

    [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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    REVIEW | Staged Craft: Peter Askin's "Trumbo"

    "Trumbo" tells the eventful story of the best-known name in the Hollywood Ten, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, with an unsurprising emphasis on the leftist's misadventures with the House Un-American Activities Committee. Famous and well-paid before HUAC sentenced him and nine other fellow Communist sympathizers and members to jail, Trumbo toiled for years afterward to win back his career, returning to the movies under pseudonyms and "fronts" designed to keep a blacklisted name unconnected to the scripts he was working on ("Roman Holiday" and "The Brave One," for which his front, Robert Rich, won the 1957 Academy Award) and then being the first to...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe" Director Harry Kim

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Paper or Plastic?" Co-Directors Justine Jacob and Alex D. da Silva

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    DISPATCH FROM MARYLAND | Silverdocs: Telling the Truth

    If there's an aesthetic lesson conveyed by the premieres at AFI Silverdocs this year, it's that cinema verite continues to thrive -- and the classical approach to documentary filmmaking hasn't frayed with age. Not that it had been showing signs of a slow demise, but the ongoing talk of meager box office prospects for the form -- coupled with Herzogian declarations of "ecstatic truth" and projects like "Chicago 10" trying to take the practice in new directions -- suggested a demand for evolution that doesn't actually exist. As it turns out, great stories work when they're told well. That shouldn't come as a surprise, but last year's oft-repeat...

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