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    iW NEWS | Cinelan Partners With Telegraph, BritDoc

    Cinelan, publisher of three-minute, non-fiction films, and telegraph.co.uk, the online arm of the Telegraph Media Group, have announced a partnership for online syndication of Cinelan films. "The Telegraph shares Cinelan's belief that online video is best showcased in context and will show Cinelan films both as stand-alone features and embedded within stories as companion video" said James Flint, General Manager of Telegraph TV in a statement. "Content of the quality of Cinelan films is hard to come by and we're excited to include them as part of our expanding video strategy." Cinelan also announced today that a selection of its three-minut...

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    REVIEW | Walking in the Air: James Marsh's "Man on Wire"

    A blow-by-blow account of how, in 1974, the impish French performance artist, and ludicrously appropriately named Philippe Petit achieved (and survived) the seemingly otherworldly when he walked on a tightrope situated 1350 feet in the air, anchored between the World Trade Center's twin towers, James Marsh's documentary "Man on Wire" is a fleet, engagingly narrated, and [insert "taut" here] suspense narrative. Like the events it's based on, "Man on Wire" is the kind of film that's more inspiring to witness than it is to later think (or write) about, but let it be said that Marsh's adeptness at mounting his tale is undeniable, and what the fil...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Man on Wire" Director James Marsh and subject Philippe Petit

    [Editor's Note: Magnolia Pictures opens the film in limited release beginning Friday, July 25 in New York with a larger roll out in select cities August 8.] "Man on Wire" is the perfect example of matching doc director to doc subject. French tightrope walker and juggler Philippe Petit became world-famous when he walked between the two World Trade Center towers, then under construction, on August 7, 1974 -- a completely illegal if fantastic act that involved complex preparation and shook up New York City's police department. (He had to cross back and forth several times to avoid the cops.) Petit had already achieved artistic notoriety for his ...

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    iW NEWS | Carnivalesque Films Unveils Distribution Label

    Indie filmmakers Ashley Sabin & David Redmon, the duo behind "Kamp Katrina" and "Intimidad," have officially announced plans for a new boutique distribution label, Carnivalesque Films. First up, they will releasing Redmon's "Mardi Gras: Made in China" later this month and are set to distribute Ry Russo-Young's "Orphans" (September 28), Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul Lovelace's doc "The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound To Lose" (October 30), and Tara Wray's doc "Manhattan, Kansas" (November 16). "Inspired by our predecessors (Albert and David Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Fredrick Wiseman), we decided to forge ahead out of respect and love for visual st...

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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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