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    REVIEW | Stuck Figures: Jessica Yu's "Protagonist"

    When she was commissioned to make a documentary about Euripedes (a tall order, indeed), filmmaker Jessica Yu instead chose to see if she could apply the classical Greek playwright's dramatic structuring principles to present-day living. Rather than rehash what made the tragedian's works great or set them apart from those of Aeschylus or Sophocles, or probe his dramatic intentions through a flat biography format or literal stagings of his plays, Yu decided to make Euripedes somewhat tangential, a unifying force rather than the center of attention. She then spent a long time trying to find four individuals who would reveal for the camera, in so...

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    INSIDE WORD | A & E's Harrington Joining Doc Fund

    Industry move... After he leaves A & E Indie Films at the end of the year, Ryan Harrington will be heading downtown to spearhead the recently announced Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The new initiative will award a grants totaling $80,000 to at least three filmmakers next year.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and the malls open earlier, the film argues that there's something greater that is being lost. Performance activist Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are on a mission to save Christmas from the "Shopocalypse." Backed by his Gospel Choir, the Reverend travels coast to coast to address the shopping addictions. The Church saves souls through...

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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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