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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Rachman, director of "American Hardcore"

    Veteran filmmaker Paul Rachman has returned to his film music roots with his latest work, 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc, "American Hardcore." Based on the book by Steven Blush ("American Hardcore: A Tribal History"), the film takes a look back at the flourishing punk scene of the early 1980s in the U.S. and Canada. The kids and bands, such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat, took part in a diffused social movement that was a reaction to the prevailing Reagan-era conservatism and conformity of the day. Music from the era helped spawn such later bands as Nirvana, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which, arguably, may not have ga...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, directors of "Al Franken: God Spoke"

    by Brian Brooks (September 13, 2006)

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    Block Sets Truly Indie Release for "51 Birch Street"

    Doug Block's "51 Birch Street," which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Truly Indie on October 18th. The documentary, produced by Block and Lori Cheatle, is the story of Block's own parents -- after the death of Block's mother, he learns that his father is moving to Florida to be with his secretary from 40 years ago and over the course of the film reveals the secrets of his own family. "'51 Birch Street' is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures the drama of life-changing events as family secrets are uncovered," said Truly Indie's Kelly Sanders in a statement. "Done in such a profou...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ric Burns, Director of "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film"

    A four-hour look at the life of the 20th century's greatest artist, Ric Burns' latest documentary is "Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film" from American Masters. While it won't have a full theatrical release, the film opens for a two-week run at New York City's Film Forum on Friday, followed by screeni...

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    Berliner, Kossakovsky and Chinese Films Set for IDFA '06

    American doc director Alan Berliner will present his top 10 favorite films at the 2006 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), he will discuss his choices during a special lecture at the festival (Nov. 23 - Dec 3). Also on tap for this year is a similar lecture from Russian filmmak...

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    Fall Release Planned for "Dixie Chicks" Doc As Weinsteins Close Worldwide Deal

    Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" has been acquired by The Weinstein Company, in a worldwide rights deal announced Monday ahead of the doc's upcoming debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the female country music trio's ollercoaster thr...

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    From Missouri to Manhattan: True/False Goes New York

    As part of the IFC Center's series of special events, the True/False Film Festival will screen sneak previews of three recent fest favorites on August 21st and 22nd in New York City. The selections include Mike Akel's "Chalk", Mats Bigert and Lars Bergstrom's "The Last Supper", and Marc Isaacs' "So...

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    T/F NYC

    The True/False Film Festival is heading to New York City for two days of screenings, discussions and parties at the IFC Center in Manhattan. The fest will present screenings of Mike Akel's "Chalk" (Mon. Aug 21 at 7 p.m.) and Marc Isaacs' "Someday My Prince Will Come" with Mats Bigert's "The Last Sup...

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    Will "Jesus Camp" Play in Traverse City?

    Organizers at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival will show "Jesus Camp" this weekend, against the wishes of the filmmakers and distributor Magnolia Pictures, according to the Washington Post. The fest had a committment for the film prior to Magnolia acquiring the movie, but as indieWIRE rep...

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    Fortissimo Inks UK Deals for "The Bridge"

    In the UK...ICA Films has nabbed theatrical and DVD rights to Eric Steel's "The Bridge," while Channel 4 has acquired TV broadcast rights. Fortissimo Films brokered the deals for the U.S. film and said today that Steel's doc, about suicides at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, will screen at this ...

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