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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Patrick Creadon, Director of "Wordplay"

    Will Shortz, New York Times puzzlemaster and connoisseur of word-based brain-teasers, is the primary subject of Patrick Creadon's accommplished and acclaimed documentary, "Wordplay." Creadon investigates what it takes to create a crossword puzzle for the Times, while also highlighting a number of contestants at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The Sundance Film Festival, where the film debuted in competition this year, described the film as "an engrossing, yet lighthearted portrait of an American institution...and its masterful execution produces the same satisfaction as completing a particularly ingenuous and challenging puzzle." Th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Josh Gilbert, Director of "a/k/a Tommy Chong"

    Josh Gilbert's popular festival documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong" looks at the entertainer who made his name as part of the comedic duo, Cheech & Chong. Charged three years ago for selling bongs over the Internet, Chong -- a vocal opponent the U.S. administration's war on terror -- was sentanced to pr...

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    IFC Bringing "This Film is Not Yet Rated" to Theaters

    Sundance 2006 feature "This Film is Not Yet Rated" will open September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films, the company announced Monday afternoon. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of A...

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    The Perfect Storm: From Rising Gas Prices To Katrina, "An Inconvenient Truth" Strikes A Timely Nerve

    Al Gore, the self-described "former next President of The United States", has been studying global warming for 40 years, and few people on the planet are as knowledgeable on the subject. Honed into a compelling multimedia lecture, Gore has spent the last several years traveling the world with his presentation on global warming, in an attempt to call attention to this urgent planetary crisis. Although he's given the free lecture over a thousand times, a new film about the traveling road show promises to reach far more people that Gore could ever speak to on his own. Davis Guggenheim's remarkable documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" hit theate...

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    Front and Center: Deborah Scranton's "The War Tapes"

    Attempting to achieve a delicate balance between a respect for and a critical stance toward the subject, with a constant awareness of the moral and ethical dilemmas potentially undermining the epistemological foundations of their projects, war documentaries arrive onscreen carrying a host of artisti...

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    The Heartbreakers: "A Lion in the House"

    [indieWIRE's weekly reviews are usually written by critics from Reverse Shot. This week, they've handed their column over to Steve Ramos who takes a look at Reverse Shot's first theatrical release. ]

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    Paramount Classics to Donate 5% of "Inconvenient Truth" Grosses

    Paramount Classics will donate 5% of the domestic theatrical gross of Davis Guggenheim's upcoming doc "An Inconvenient Truth" to the new bipartisan climate effort, Alliance for Climate Protection. With a minimum guarantee of $500,000, the donation will span the full length of the film's domestic rel...

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    Beyond the Ideological and the Political in "Jesus Camp," A Chat With Children's Pastor Becky Fische

    One of the most talked about films at the recent Tribeca Film Festival is the provocative new documentary about Evangelical Christians, "Jesus Camp." Children's pastor Becky Fischer became something of a lightning rod for many Tribeca festival audience members who watched one of the film's five fest...

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    Hot Docs '06: Activist Films A Plenty; A Herzog "Cancun" Blessing and Flowing Scotch

    You know spring has sprung in Toronto when the trees in Queen's Park are budding with life, the sun peeks from behind the clouds and documentary lovers and filmmakers crawl out of their respective caves to make their annual pilgrimage to Hot Docs (April 28-May 7), Toronto's homage to non-fiction film. The festival launched its 13th season this year with the North American premiere of Chema Rodriguez' "The Railroad All Stars," a documentary about a Guatemalan soccer team comprised of female sex workers. The screening was followed by a lively party, where industry types gathered to rub elbows with colleagues, grunt about funding shortages and f...

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    Hopkin's "Sheep" Wins International Prize at Hot Docs '06

    Ben Hopkins' "37 Uses For A Dead Sheep" won the best international documentary prize at the 2006 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film is described by the festival as a "look at members of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe as their younger generation adjusts to the modern world in Turkey." The prize for best Canadian doc feature went to Shelley Saywell's "Martyr Street" and the first-time director award went Greg Hamilton for "Mystic Ball." Honorable mentions in the international feature doc competition were awarded to Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" and Nikolaus Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread." The festival awarde...

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