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    iW NEWS | "Chris and Don" Acquired by Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all North American rights to Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's "Chris and Don. A Love Story." The deal was brokered by the film's executive producer Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company. The crowd pleaser, which debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and then screened at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, will be released this summer, starting in New York and L.A. to qualify for Oscar consideration, according to an announcement. It will then expand to other national markets. The film, produced by Julia Scott and James White along with Mascara and Santi, is the story of a 30 year lover affair between writer Christopher I...

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    15 Documentaries Named to New Shortlist; Festival Programmers, Doc Insiders Unveil New Nonfiction Aw

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' recent announcement of the short list of films competing for the best documentary Oscar stirred frustration among a community of filmmakers and insiders back in November. Fueled by online discussion via blogs, a coalition within the nonfiction and fil...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Anvil! The True Story of Anvil" Director Sacha Gervasi

    EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling first-time feature directors who have films screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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    DOC COLUMN | Expectations Exceed Business for Docs in 2007

    A quick glance at the box office numbers for documentaries released this year shows Michael Moore's "Sicko" as the top doc, but at $24.5 million, the take is significantly lower than recent hits "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "March of the Penguins" at $120 million and $77 million. You have to scroll pretty far down Box Office Mojo's top 100 list of docs to find the next 2007 entry, "No End in Sight," Charles Ferguson's critical debut about U.S. policy around the Iraq war, at $1.4 million in the #55 slot. Says veteran doc maker Doug Block, producer of this year's Berlinale Teddy winner "A Walk Into the Sea," "As far as feature docs are concerned, all ...

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    Remembering St. Clair Bourne: 1943 - 2007

    Acclaimed filmmaker St. Clair Bourne passed away yesterday (Saturday) at the age of 64. The documentarian, who died from complications following surgery, had been working on a film about civil rights photographer Ernest Withers, according to an obituary by Richard Prince (fourth item), in addition t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "A Walk Into The Sea" Director Esther Robinson

    Winner of the 2007 Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival, Esther Robinson's "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory" is a personal journey into the story behind Esther's uncle Danny Williams 1966 disappearence. At the time, Danny was Andy Warhol's lover and a promising filmmaker, and "Walk into the Sea" explores the discovery of 20 never-before-seen films that Danny made during his time working at the Factory (which included subjects like Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Paul Morrissey) and combines them with interviews with surviving Factory members. The result is a "dismantling of the Warhol...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Nanking" Producer Ted Leonsis

    Producer Ted Leonsis' "Nanking" (directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking, which was then China's capital, to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen, including a Nazi named Jo...

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    iW NEWS | "A Walk to Beautiful" Wins Top IDA Doc Prize

    Mary Olive Smith's "A Walk to Beautiful" won the top prize at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. It is described as the story of "five courageous women in Ethiopia who have suffered from devastating childbirth injuries and have been shunned by their family and villages." Yoni Brook's "A Son's Sacrifice" won the short documentary award, Paul Taylor's "We Are Together" won the inaugural Alan Ett Music Documentary Award, and Ken Burns' longtime collaborator Buddy Squires received the IDA Outstanding Documentary Cinematography Award. Producer/Director Spike ...

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    REVIEW | The Kid Is Alright: Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid"

    Like its protagonist, Jennifer Venditti's acclaimed documentary "Billy the Kid" is both pretty hard to dislike and difficult to parse. It's already scooped up awards at Edinburgh, Los Angeles, and South by Southwest film festivals, and it's easy to see why: this compelling, ingratiating portrait of some days in the life of a charming and troubled fifteen-year-old New Englander, with its canny intimacy and sharp editing, manages to be up-close-and-personal as well as safely discreet. Venditti, following around the not-quite-outcast teenager Billy verite-style, is inoffensive in her intrusion, yet also manages to make the boy a compelling scree...

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    iW NEWS | "Stranded," "Smiling" Win Top IDFA Prizes

    Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded," the story of the survivors of a 1972 plane crash, won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award, the top prize at the 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The film, reported on earlier this week in indieWIRE, is headed for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in January. At tonight's ceremony, Tamar Varom's "To See If I'm Smiling," about women in the Israeli army, won both the Silver Wolf competition and the festival's audience award. The Silver Cub for short docs went to Oscar Perez's "The Tailor." The First Appearance Award for new filmmakers went to Robert Nugent for "End of the Rainbow." Nitzan Gilady's "Jerusa...

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