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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Steal a Pencil for Me" Director Michele Ohayon

    Love survives the Holocaust in doc "Steal a Pencil for Me" from Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon ("Colors Straight Up"). An unhappily married couple is imprisoned at a concentration camp in 1943, and they are surprised by the arrival of the man's mistress at the same camp. Years earlier in Amsterdam, Jack, an unassuming accountant, first meets Ina at a birthday party, a 20-year-old beauty from a wealthy diamond manufacturing family who instantly steals his heart. But Jack's pursuit of love will be complicated; he is poor and married to Manja, a flirtatious and mercurial spouse. When Jack's wife objects to the "girlfriend" in spite of thei...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "War/Dance" Co-directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

    Directing duo Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's doc "War/Dance" is set against the backdrop of Uganda's 20 year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army. The Sundance '07 film tells the story of Dominic, Rose, Nancy and their school in the Patongo Internally Displ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Darfur Now" Director Ted Braun and Actor Don Cheadle

    About once a week a feature appears in the New York Times documenting the most recent breakdown in progress toward a lasting peace settlement in the huge Darfur region of Sudan: a massacre of civilians in the southern Darfur city of Muhagiriya by Sudanese government forces and their paramilitary fro...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" Director Julien Temple

    Director Julien Temple's doc "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" takes a look at the frontman for British punk band the Clash. The film explores not just the legend and music of Strummer, who died four years ago, but also reveals him as a true communicator of his times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of his life, Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer -- before, during and after the Clash. Temple won an audience award at the 2000 Sao Paulo International Film Festival for "The Filth and the Fury." "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" screened in competi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lagerfeld Confidential" Director Rodolphe Marconi

    Director Rodolphe Marconi follows up a trio of well-recieved features ("This is My Body," "Love Forbidden" and "The Last Day") with his first documentary, "Lagerfeld Confidential." "Confidential" takes a deeply personal look at Karl Lagerfeld, the pony-tailed fashion titan. Created out of 200 hours ...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets "Chorus Line" Doc

    Fortissimo Films has annouced the acquisition of worldwide sales rights -- with the exception of North America and Japan -- to James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step: The Journey of a Phenomenon," about the hit Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line." The film, from Endgame Entertainment, will be pre-sold at next week's upcoming American Film Market. It marks the third doc for Stern and Del Deo, after "The Year of the Yao" and "...So Goes The Nation." "When Jim and Adam first described this project to us, we knew that they would be producing a film with a great story, class, charm, music, and great commercial potential -- and we had t...

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    IDFA '07 | "Operation Homecoming" to Open 20th Int'l Doc Fest in Amsterdam

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will open on November 22nd with Richard Robbins' "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," based on the letters, poems, essays and diary entries of American soldiers in Iraq. IDFA, considered the world's leading documentary f...

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    Happy Trails: Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains"

    Titled like an old-fashioned Western where a man in a white hat gallops in to save a town from ruthless villains, Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains" portrays the 39th president as an intrepid political lone ranger, unafraid of provoking discussion on sensitive international matters at an age when most retired representatives ride inoffensively into the sunset. Following Carter in autumn 2006 on a publicity tour in support of his controversial book "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," Demme reveals Carter as a highly intelligent, dedicated, religious, humble, and concerned man constantly engaged with the world around him, and for that...

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    AWARDS WATCH | AMPAS Streamlines Oscar Doc Rules

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules for qualification in the feature and short documentary categories at the 81st Academy Awards, eliminating the multi-city theatrical rollout requirement. "By eliminating the multi-city rollout requirements we have significantly simplified the Academy rules while still retaining the core intent to ensure that we honor nonfiction work created for theatrical distribution," said doc branch chair Michael Apted, in a statement. "We believe the new rules will successfully eliminate from consideration documentaries made principally for television, the Internet or anywhere else." The...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "For the Bible Tells Me So" Director Daniel Karslake

    Director Daniel Karslake's doc "For the Bible Tells Me So" revolves around the stories of of five conservative Christian families and explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state. The film explores the confrontation between religion and homosexuality Through the experiences of five Christian American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and others. The Sundance '07 film has taken audience prizes in Seattle, Milwaukee and Outfest. First...

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