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    indieWIRE Interview: Harry Moses, director of "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?"

    "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?" director Harry Moses has spent his career in television and film, for the past 20 years on behalf of his company, The Mosaic Group, Inc. Prior to forming the company, Moses worked with CBS News, producing for "60 Minutes." Moses has been honored with Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on "60 Minutes." In his latest effort, Moses chronicles the story of Teri Horton, a 73 year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education who bought a painting in a thrift shop for...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Steve Anderson, director of "Fuck"

    Steve Anderson's provocative new documentary, "Fuck," debuted at AFI Fest exactly one year ago this week, a few months before it was acquired by ThinkFilm. The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding free expression in this country are among the topics explored in Anderson's new film. Through animated segments by Bill Plympton, and conversations with late author Hunter S. Thompson, filmmaker Kevin Smith, critic Michael Medved, columnist Judith Martin (aka "Miss Manners"), rapper Ice-T, porn figure Ron Jeremy, newsman Sam Donaldson, comedians Bill...

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    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" Opens 13th Sheffield Docfest

    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" opened the 13th edition of the Sheffield Documentary Festival Monday night, ushering in a program of 93 films from 23 countries, including nine world and 24 U.K. premieres. "Paul Weller" features the music icon telling much of his own life story and contains interviews w...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Barbara Kopple, co-director of "Shut Up & Sing"

    Barbara Kopple is anything but a stranger to the world of documentary film, having accomplished notoriety in the genre, directing "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1977. Kopple again took the Oscar for best doc (shared with Arthur Cohn) in 1991 for ...

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    Zeitgeist Gets U.S. Rights to "Into Great Silence"

    All U.S. rights to Philip Groening's "Into Great Silence" have been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. The company brokered the deal with Bavaria Film International. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won the documentary World Cinema special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. The company is planning a late February/early March 2007 release. Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schaumann of Bavaria Film International. The company also worked with Bavaria Film on "Nowhere In Africa," winner...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Doug Block, director of "51 Birch Street"

    With the alluring tagline, "Do you really want to know your parents?" Through a close examination of his own family, filmmaker Doug Block explores universal questions about our own mothers and fathers in his new film "51 Birch Street." As indieWIRE documentary columnist Jonny Leahan wrote about the ...

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    "4 Elements" to Open IDFA '06

    Dutch filmmaker Jiska Rickels' first feature-length film "4 Elements" will kick off the 2006 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Thursday, November 23rd this year. The poetic four-part film is described as a, "documentary about man's struggle with the primordial elements." In the film she looks at professions in which the elements -- earth, air, fire and water -- play a crucial role. In the words of a festival description, "In Fire, Russian firemen fight forest fires in Siberia, while in Water, fishermen in Alaska hoist up king crabs from the Bering Sea. Earth, a shortened version of 'Untertage' [Rickels' student film]...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Freida Lee Mock, director of "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner"

    Set against the backdrop of tumultous years in America between 9/11 and the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Freida Lee Mock's "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner" looks at life and work of acclaimed playwright (and activist) Tony Kushner ("Angels in America," "Caroline, or Change"), including his focus on global issues, his work on the AIDS crisis and exploration of being gay, and also looks at his own Jewish heritage. Mock, an Oscar winner for her documentary "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision," studied at Berkeley and has received widespread acclaim for numerous films, including "Sing!," "Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember," "Never...

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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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