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    iW NEWS | Finneran Joining Sundance Doc Program

    Silverdocs festival director Patricia Finneran is leaving the festival and heading to New York City to join the Sundance Institute as the organization's new senior consultant for the Documentary Film Program. She will rep the program internationally and work on the Institute's Sundance Doc Fund and the Skoll Foundation's Stories of Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary. Finneran told indieWIRE today that she will start at Sundance in November and plans to build a new business aimed at developing and distributing, "media that promotes social engagement, with an emphasis on partnering with both non-profits and corporate m...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Dreams Gets "Soul"

    Celluloid Dreams has snapped up all international rights Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary "Soul Power." Submarine Entertainment is repping the film and negotiated the deal with Celluloid at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film documents the 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 that featured BB King and James Brown, among others. "We are delighted to represent this crowd pleasing document of an extraordinary moment in musical history," said Celluloid Dreams' Hengameh Panahi in a statement. Celluloid noted that they already has offers in major territories and is expecting to close deals later this wee...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Filmmakers Descend Upon DNC: Schnack's "Convention" Unites Top Doc Directors;

    Alongside the thousands of journalists reporting on the Democratic National Convention here in Denver, teams of filmmakers have been fanning out across the city to tell stories that might otherwise be overlooked. AJ Schnack ("Kurt Cobain About a Son") has tapped a cadre of acclaimed indie filmmakers...

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    iW NEWS | "Blindness" and "Summerhood" Bookend 28th Atlantic Film Festival

    Canadian/Brazilian co-production "Blindness" by Don McKellar will open the 28th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, NS September 11, ushering in the 10-day festival featuring 254 films. Also screening among AFF's eleven galas is local filmmaker Michael Melski's debut "Growing Up," Atom Egoyan's "Adoration," Jennifer Chambers Lynch's "Surveillance" and Cannes 2008 favorite "Une Conte de Noel" by Arnaud Desplechin. "The Book Lady," a documentary about Dolly Parton's campaign for children's literacy from Natasha Ryan and Brad Horvath is also on tap. Favorites making the festival cirucit rounds including "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" and "Otto: Or,...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Food"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of the documentary feature "Food, Inc.," which will have its world premiere at next week's Toronto International Film Festival. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner, the Participant Media-River Road Entertainment presentation draws upon Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan's investigation into "the growth of big business and the ways in which it has impacted upon how and what we eat." The deal, for worldwide rights excluding North America, was brokered between Fortissimo's Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions Winnie Lau, Participant Media's Executive Vice President, Business Affairs Jeff...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Doc Talk As Democrats Open '08 Presidential Convention

    Documentaries may seem undervalued in the traditional theatrical marketplace of late, but alongside the Democratic National Convention -- which got underway today here in Denver, CO -- non fiction films are seen as a vehicle for awareness and change. Adjacent to the Pepsi Center downtown, where thi...

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    REVIEW | The Rising: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble the Water"

    "I'm showing the world that we had a world before the storm," says Kimberly Rivers Roberts, a.k.a. Black Kold Madina, on August 28, 2005, the day preceding Hurricane Katrina's devastating touch down in New Orleans. Kimberly is poor, black, and, unlike the majority of the city's wealthier white citiz...

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    iW NEWS | Financial Town Hall Kicks off "I.O.U.S.A" Release Tonight

    iW NEWS | Financial Town Hall Kicks off "I.O.U.S.A" Tonight

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    iW NEWS | Icarus Offering "Bird's Nest" Doc Online

    Capitalizing on the high profile awareness of the 29th Summer Olympics in Bejing, Icarus Films is showcasing -- exclusively via Amazon Unbox -- Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm's "Bird's Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China." The doc looks at architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's building of Bejing's distinctive National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Available for a limited time through the end of the Games, the film is priced for both sale and rental. Company president Jonathan Miller developed the strategy while in conversations with Amazon aimed at securing a swift released timed to the Olympics. While he is open t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Trouble the Water" Co-directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary

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