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    iW NEWS | "Who Does She Think" For Artistic License

    Artistic License Films has acquired theatrical rights to director Pamela Tanner Boll's documentary "Who Does She Think She Is?" The film looks at the "mothering-versus-working choice" faced particularly by American women artists. Artistic License will open the film in October at The Angelika in Ne...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" Director Steven Sebring

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during "Patti Smith: Dream of Life"'s premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

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    DISPATCH FROM MICHIGAN | Michael Moore's Peeps Have Their Turn in the Spotlight at Traverse City

    Make way for the Michigan film mafia. The Traverse City Film Festival, headed by Michael Moore, concluded its fourth edition on Sunday, bringing a large dose of cinematic excitement to this lakeshore town, otherwise known for its cherry crop. Moore, wearing a scruffy beard, had his celebrity eclipse...

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    iW NEWS | Hot Docs Announces Partnerships for "Soup"

    Hot Docs has announced that it will partner with the Calgary International Film Festival and the Whistler Film Festival to launch its "Doc Soup" screening series in Calgary and Vancouver this fall. "We're thrilled to have these dynamic partners helping us to cultivate wider Canadian audiences for documentaries," says Chris McDonald, Executive Director of Hot Docs, in a statement. "Both festivals have developed loyal followings and we're certain that they'll embrace Doc Soup as Toronto audiences have done." Films selected for Doc Soup in Calgary and Vancouver will be premieres in those markets and guest directors will also be present at select...

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    iW NEWS | "Milton Glaser" For Arthouse

    Arthouse Films announced that it has acquired the Worldwide rights to the Wendy Key's documentary, "Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight." Glaser was best known for co-founding New York Magazine and for his iconic poster designs. "We are thrilled to work with the filmmakers on this release," said Arthouse Films' Lily Bright and David Koh in a joint statement. "Milton Glaser's designs are recognizable worldwide and now audiences will have a chance to see the wit, intelligence and generosity of the man behind the iconic work." Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release next year followed by a DVD release on its label. Arthouse Films will also ...

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    REVIEW | Sweatin' to the Oldies: Darryl Roberts's "America the Beautiful"

    Opening with "vintage" black-and-white footage of women from the Fifties huffing and puffing through antiquated exercise routines, set to Bruce Channel's "Hey, Baby," the ostensible investigative documentary "America the Beautiful" establishes its de-facto glibness within seconds. Throughout the course of the film, further video montages will be set to such ferociously on-topic chestnuts as Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy," Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People," and Letters to Cleo's "I Wanna Be a Supermodel," ironically backing images of primped, preening girls or magazine model cut-outs. Director Darryl Roberts's mode of address is so hac...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Stealing America: Vote By Vote" Director Dorothy Fadiman

    Director Dorothy Fadiman's doc "Stealing America: Vote By Vote" centers on the democratic integrity of the United States in the last two Presidential elections. For more than thirty years, exit polls accurately predicted election results. Over the last ten years that reliability has disappeared. Th...

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    DOC COLUMN | Theatrical Docs Down, But Not Out

    A quick read of David Ansen's recent "The End of the Documentary Film Market" over at Newsweek is a good summary of the theatrical marketplace for documentary film as it stands here in mid-summer 2008. Too much content for too few screens, distributors closing their doors and small grosses for the films that do manage openings, with the mind-boggling exception of the Ben Stein anti-Darwin film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" taking in a whopping $7.6 million. Despite the usual filmmaker mantra that their film requires a big screen to properly showcase their story, audiences are deciding with their dollars what movies they want to see in t...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE U.K. | In Year 3, BRITDOC Asks Int'l Audiences, "Why So Serious?"

    In three years, BRITDOC has transformed from noble experiment (inclusive documentary conference based at a legendary university) to unquestionable success. Set over three days on the Keble College campus in Oxford, UK, the conference (founded and organized by the Channel 4 Documentary Foundation) ha...

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    iW NEWS | "Wild Combination" Scores Plexifilm Pact

    Worldwide rights to Matt Wolf's "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell," which debuted earlier this year at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, have been acquired by Plexifilm. A documentary about the late musician and disco producer Russell, the film will open theatrically at IFC ...

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