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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Weyermann Joins Participant Productions

    Diane Weyermann has joined Participant Productions as the company's Executive Vice President of Documentary Production. She is assuming the newly created position following her role as director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. She will manage the company's doc slate, including the acquisition of new projects and supervising projects from development through release. She will report to company president Ricky Strauss. Participant doc projects include "Murderball" and the upcoming "The World According to Sesame Street." Sundance has not yet announced a replacement for Weyermann, but Robert Redford issued a statement commend...

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    ThinkFilm & HBO Go For "Favela Rising"

    A deal for Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's "Favela Rising" has been announced, with THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films nabbing distribution rights to the movie. THINKFilm's head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman clarified that his company has theatrical rights, HBO has the first pay TV window and the film's producers have retained video rights. The doc debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and follows former favela drug dealer Anderson Sa as he aims to establish a group that uses music and dancing to fight drugs and violence in the dangerous slums of Rio. A tragic accident threatens the movement and...

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    Two New Documentaries Feature Filmmakers Focusing on Their Fathers

    At this year's Toronto International Film Festival two very different documentaries celebrated their world premieres, each with a similar premise -- a filmmaker son turns the lens to his father in a quest to understand and honor their complicated relationship. Thomas Allen Harris' "Twelve Disciples ...

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    Miramax Grabs "The Heart of the Game", Roadside Goes "Wah-Wah," ThinkFilm Gets "Chong"

    A trio of fest deals emerged Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival, Miramax has acquired all North American rights to Ward Serrill.s celebrated Toronto doc "The Heart of the Game," the first acquisition for Miramax.s new president, Daniel Battsek, the company announced Thursday. In oth...

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    Warner Gets "Metal" Doc From Seville

    Seville International has sold all U.S. rights to Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" to Warner Home Video. The film, having its world premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival follows a professional anthropologist, and metal fan, as he explo...

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    Conservatives Embrace "March of the Penguins"

    With it's inspiring story of ultimate perseverance and dedication to their children and their mate, "March of the Penguins," the hugely successful documentary that follows the mating ritual of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, has drawn loyal support from Christian conservatives and intelligent design...

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    From "Don't Look Back" to "After Innocence": A New Book Explores Documentary Filmmaking with Directo

    A lot has been written about documentary film in years past, but a smart new book by Megan Cunningham lets the filmmakers themselves do the talking in an open, freewheeling format that seems to mimic the organic nature of direct cinema itself. "The Art of the Documentary," published by New Riders Pr...

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    Longinotto and Ayisi's "Sisters In Law" To Open IDFA 2005

    Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi's "Sisters In Law" will open the 18th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), organizers announced Wednesday. This year's event will run from November 24th - December 4th in the Dutch city. Also on tap for '05 is a retrospective look at the work of the ...

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    "Cautiva" received prestigious honors

    Spanish-language feature "Cautiva" centers on an Argentine teenager who finds out she is someone other than what she had been raised to believe. Her life is uprooted as she is taken out of class by a judge and told that the people she knows as her parents had in fact adopted her. The girl's biologic...

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    "Horns and Halos" Filmmakers Take DIY to the Next Level with Rumur Releasing

    Three titles are currently on the roster for recently formed New York-based distributor Rumur Releasing, spearheaded by "Horns and Halos" filmmakers, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, as well as the 2002 doc's producers Jeff Sanders and David Beilinson. The experience with self-distributing the Toro...

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