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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope's Che Doc at Fortissimo

    Fortissomo Films has announced a deal for all rights outside of North America for Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez's "Chevolution," which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The new documentary was financed by Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and in the words of an announcement, was described as examining, "how the famous photo of revolutionary Ernest "Che" Guevara, captured in an instant by renowned photographer Alberto Korda, became an iconic image known throughout the world, revered by revolutionaries for 50 years, and plastered on everything from bikinis to beer bottles." Subjects included in the film include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antoni...

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    iW NEWS | Arts Alliance Gets "Chops"

    Arts Alliance America has announced a deal for North American rights to Bruce Broder's "Chops," a documentary about high school jazz students vying in a national competition. The company is planning a theatrical release followed by a DVD debut later this year. "'Chops' fits into that category of fil...

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    DOC COLUMN | Music Documentaries Take Center Stage

    When the movie started to roll, the image was only a quarter the size of the screen. I'm wondering if I'm in the right place -- the IMAX Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin -- just as black and white images of Martin Scorsese begin to flash across the screen. He directed the movie I'm about to watch so I'm convinced I'm in the right spot, but won't it cover whole screen? Why show it at IMAX? I'm not sure of the exact moment, but suddenly the movie is filling the screen and like a roller coaster ride, we are at the top just waiting for the big drop that is The Rolling Stones as they take the stage of the Beacon Thea...

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    iW NEWS | "Haditha," "Heaven," "Encounters," "Full Battle," "Berlin" On Film Forum Spring/Summer Sla

    New York's Film Forum, a key launching pad for the limited release theatrical runs of independent films and documentaries, has announced its slate of premieres for Spring and Summer 2007. Nick Broomfield's "Battle For Haditha" will open at the theater on May 7th, while Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" (from Strand Releasing) will debut on May 21st. Set for June are Erik Nelson's "Dreams With Sharp Teeth" (June 4th), Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" (June 11th) from ThinkFilm, and Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach's "Louise Bourgeois" (June 25th), while set for July are Tony Gerber & Jesse Moss's "Full Battle Rattle" (July 9t...

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    VAR | Cutler Eyeing Comic Doc

    Accomplished doc-maker RJ Cutler and TV producer Sarah Timberman are pursuing a new doc based on Richard Zoglin's "Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America," a new book they've optioned (according to Variety).

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Planet B-Boy" Director Benson Lee

    Director Benson Lee's doc "Planet B-Boy" is set in the international world of B-boying, the urban dance known as "breakdancing." With backdrops in Osaka, Japan, Paris, France, Seoul, Korea and Las Vegas, NV, the film follows the stories of dancers who stlarger society and even their own families. An American dancer in Vegas looks for his big break; a Korean son seeks his father's approval; a twelve-year-old boy in France confronts his family's racism and all the b-boys' lives collide in Germany where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the "Battle of the Year" finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion. Le...

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    iW NEWS | Yauch's Oscilloscope Sets "Gunnin'" For June

    Adam Yauch's new Oscilloscope Pictures has set the release date for its first film, Yauch's "Gunnin' For That #1 Spot." The doc, set to debut next month at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, is the story of eight high school basketball players vying for fame at a Harlem invitational. The film wi...

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    "Manda Bala" Wins Big at First Cinema Eye Awards

    Born out of anger, to use the words of filmmaker Jason Kohn, the inaugural Cinema Eye Honors for documentary films awarded three prizes to "Manda Bala (Send A Bullet)" on Tuesday night in New York City. Kohn's doc, nominated in six of the nine Cinema Eye categories, was honored as best picture and a...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Wetlands Preserved" Director Dean Budnick

    Director Dean Budnick's feature directorial debut, "Wetlands Preserved," is a documentary that details "activist nightclub" The Wetlands Preserve. In 1989, Larry Bloch and his collective opened a nightclub just south of the Holland Tunnel in the then-underdeveloped Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. The club had been the first venue for New York performances of bands like Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine, and fused music with environmental activism in an entirely unique manner. Budnick's doc portrays a critical moment in recent music history, and is a tribute to a club that closed prematurely on September 10, 2001. Budnick, who is als...

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    SXSW '08 INTERVIEW | "We Are Wizards" Director Josh Koury

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors who have films screening at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

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