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    iW NEWS | Balcony To Release "Devil Back To Hell"

    Balcony Releasing has announced its acquisition of the U.S. distribution of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker's doc "Pray The Devil Back To Hell." The film, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of a small band of Liberian women who came toget...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Beautiful Losers" Director Aaron Rose

    Aaron Rose and co-director Joshua Leonard's documentary "Beautiful Losers retrospectively celebrates a group of loose-knit American artists and creators. In the 1990s, these artists, including Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Phil Frost, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton, many of them barely twenty-years old, began their careers by coming together and making art for the sole purpose of their enjoyment of doing so. After debuting at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, "Beautiful Losers" opens in limited theatrical release this Friday, August 8 at the IFC Center in New York. indieWIRE talked to Rose about the film and is h...

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    DIY Deal: Sidetrack Aligns With Nike For "Beautiful Losers" Theatrical Release

    Sidetrack Films has partnered with Nike Sportswear for the upcoming release of Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's "Beautiful Losers," the documentary that debuted earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival. While the filmmakers and Sidetrack entertained traditional offers from distributors after the f...

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    iW NEWS | Somerset Acquires "Article VI"

    Somerset Films has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to Bryan Hall and Jack Donaldson's political documentary "Article VI: Faith, Politics, America." The film examines the overwhelmingly divisive role of religion in American politics. Somerset is planning to release the film just p...

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    iW NEWS | "Who Does She Think" For Artistic License

    Artistic License Films has acquired theatrical rights to director Pamela Tanner Boll's documentary "Who Does She Think She Is?" The film looks at the "mothering-versus-working choice" faced particularly by American women artists. Artistic License will open the film in October at The Angelika in Ne...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" Director Steven Sebring

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during "Patti Smith: Dream of Life"'s premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

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    DISPATCH FROM MICHIGAN | Michael Moore's Peeps Have Their Turn in the Spotlight at Traverse City

    Make way for the Michigan film mafia. The Traverse City Film Festival, headed by Michael Moore, concluded its fourth edition on Sunday, bringing a large dose of cinematic excitement to this lakeshore town, otherwise known for its cherry crop. Moore, wearing a scruffy beard, had his celebrity eclipse...

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    iW NEWS | Hot Docs Announces Partnerships for "Soup"

    Hot Docs has announced that it will partner with the Calgary International Film Festival and the Whistler Film Festival to launch its "Doc Soup" screening series in Calgary and Vancouver this fall. "We're thrilled to have these dynamic partners helping us to cultivate wider Canadian audiences for documentaries," says Chris McDonald, Executive Director of Hot Docs, in a statement. "Both festivals have developed loyal followings and we're certain that they'll embrace Doc Soup as Toronto audiences have done." Films selected for Doc Soup in Calgary and Vancouver will be premieres in those markets and guest directors will also be present at select...

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    iW NEWS | "Milton Glaser" For Arthouse

    Arthouse Films announced that it has acquired the Worldwide rights to the Wendy Key's documentary, "Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight." Glaser was best known for co-founding New York Magazine and for his iconic poster designs. "We are thrilled to work with the filmmakers on this release," said Arthouse Films' Lily Bright and David Koh in a joint statement. "Milton Glaser's designs are recognizable worldwide and now audiences will have a chance to see the wit, intelligence and generosity of the man behind the iconic work." Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release next year followed by a DVD release on its label. Arthouse Films will also ...

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    REVIEW | Sweatin' to the Oldies: Darryl Roberts's "America the Beautiful"

    Opening with "vintage" black-and-white footage of women from the Fifties huffing and puffing through antiquated exercise routines, set to Bruce Channel's "Hey, Baby," the ostensible investigative documentary "America the Beautiful" establishes its de-facto glibness within seconds. Throughout the course of the film, further video montages will be set to such ferociously on-topic chestnuts as Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy," Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People," and Letters to Cleo's "I Wanna Be a Supermodel," ironically backing images of primped, preening girls or magazine model cut-outs. Director Darryl Roberts's mode of address is so hac...

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