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    REVIEW | Malignant Growth: Laura Dunn's "The Unforeseen"

    Due to the onslaught of environmental documentaries that prioritize urgency over intelligence, Laura Dunn's "The Unforeseen," an inquisitive, elegant rendering of the battle between land development and dwindling natural resources in Austin, might get lost in the shuffle. And what a shame that would be, for Dunn's refreshingly thorough look at the encroachment of capital on untouched land is smart enough not to treat its subject as a horror show. The film is more sobered than alarming, yet it's hardly defeatist. An impressionist's portrait of contemporary American economic life, "The Unforeseen" is for nature both a paean and an elegy, and fo...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | Docs in the Spotlight: Oscar Nominee Michael Moore Calls for Distribut

    Oscar nominee Michael Moore stirred members of the doc community on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, laying out a plan to create a new theatrical distribution outlet for non-fiction film. On stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Moore rallie...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia, Discovery Announce "Man On Wire" Pact

    Discovery Films and Magnolia Pictures have announced a deal for North American theatrical and DVD distribution of James Marsh's Sundance '07 doc, "Man on Wire." The story of Frenchman Philippe Petit's infamous tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center, the film won both the World Cinema Grand Jury and audience awards at the festival last month. A late-summer theatrical release is in the works. The film is based on Petit's book, To Reach the Clouds and was produced by Wall to Wall, in association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, the BBC and the UK Film Council. Josh Braun from Submarine brokered the deal with Tom Q...

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    iW NEWS | "Queen Raquela" Wins Top Teddy Prize

    Olaf de Fleur's "The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela" won the Teddy Award for best feature film at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival tonight in Germany, with Tanaz Eshagian's doc, "Be Like Others" winning both the jury prize and the Siegessaeule Reader's Choice Award. The prize for best documentary went to David Assmann and Ayat Najafi's "Football Under Cover." "This year's documentaries overwhelmingly won the hearts of the Teddy Jury by approaching challenging and thought-provoking subjects in an accessible and effective manner," said the jury, in a statement, "The most cinematic and gripping of them all subtly and humorously tac...

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    iW NEWS | Maximum Takes International "Water"

    Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize-winner "Trouble The Water" has been picked up by Toronto-based Maximum Films International for all rights outside North America. The documentary, directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, details the lives of aspiring rap artist Kim and her streetwise husband Scott as they are trapped in New Orleans by floodwaters."Maximum is fortunate to have acquired this award-winning and inspirational film, and to be able to work with such talented filmmakers as Tia Lessin and Carl Deal," said Maximum's Managing Director Charlotte Mickie. "We were incredibly moved by 'Trouble The Water''s inspiring message and the uplif...

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    iW NEWS | WMI Continues Selling "Young @ Heart"

    William Morris Independent is touting its work on agency clients director Stephen Walker and producer Sally George, selling their popular doc, "Young @ Heart." After brokering a North American deal with Fox Searchlight back in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, WMI broke with its tradition of working with overseas sales agents to sell the film to Jean Labadie's Le Pacte in France, Rialto in Australia/New Zealand, Senator Films in Germany, and Pix/Avex Group in Japan. The film, initially conceived for Channel Four in the UK, was re-tooled for theaters. It showcases an aging chorus of crowd-pleasers who sing The Clash and Coldplay. [Eugene...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Acquires Haring Doc

    Arthouse Films announced that it has acquired all North American rights and Worldwide Theatrical and DVD Rights (minus certain territories) for director Christina Clausen's doc, "The Universe of Keith Haring." Maid with the cooperation of the deceased artist's estate, the film explores the background and career of Haring and includes interviews with Yoko Ono, Madonna, Grace Jones, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. "By using audio excerpts of Keith's own voice to narrate the film it was possible for me to bring the viewer in close contact with this extraordinary young man," said Clausen in a statement. "We look forward to wo...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Takes "Cocaine"

    Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world distribution rights to rakontur's "Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' With The Godmother." The film is the sequel to Magnolia's 2006 documentary, "Cocaine Cowboys." The sequel follows cocaine dealer Charles Crosby beginning in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California. "The first 'Cocaine Cowboys has turned out to be a seminal crime documentary, an iconic title that has developed huge name recognition," said Magnet/Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "We're really excited to be partnering again with the savvy storytellers at rakontur for an equally a...

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    iW NEWS | Doc Filmmakers Join Forces for Cinelan

    Morgan Spurlock, Ross Kauffman, Eugene Jarecki, Jessica Yu and Steve James are among the filmmakers on board as advisors and contributors to Cinelan, the new short doc initiative being spearheaded by company CEO David Schrieberg. Based upon the creation of a steady stream of three-minute films, Cinelan will syndicate the docs via online and offline outlets, launching in partnership with Guardian News & Media, Picturehouse Cinemas and the Vizumi Network. Other filmmakers already on board include Marilyn Agrelo, Kiki Allgeier, Joanna Chejade-Bloom, Jeremy Chilnick, Mark Francis, Nick Francis, Grant Gee, Cameron Hickey, Liz Mermin, Lila Morgan, ...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Dreams Takes International "FLOW"

    Celluloid Dreams will represent the director Irena Salina's Sundance '08 entry, "FLOW: For Love of Water" internationally. Filmed in 12 countries, "FLOW" is represented in North America by Josh Braun/Submarine. Additionally, it was announced that the film will be the first theatrical film to collab...

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