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    HBO Scores Obama Doc

    Amy Rice and Alicia Sams' untitled documentary about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has been acquired by HBO. Produced by Edward Norton and his company Class 5 Films, Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore, the film was made with unique, exclusive access to Obama even before he began his historic camp...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Gets "Food, Inc"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to "Food, Inc," which debuted earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and is on tap for the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan's doc, from Participant Media and River Road Entertainment, exposes the U.S. food industry. The film was produced by Kenner and Elise Pearlstein, with Schlosser, Richard Pearce and Melissa Robledo serving as co-producers. Executive producers are Bill Pohlad, Robin Schorr, Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment, reppin...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Has Got "Soul"

    The North American and Latin American rights to Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's "Soul Power" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, details the 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. "Zaire '74,' is a legendary musical festival which circumstances have conspired to conceal from a wider public," said Levy-Hinte in a statement. "In my quest to share the festival as broadly as possible, I could have no better partner than Sony Pictures Classics." Submarine Entertainment is repping the film and negotiated the deal with SPC which secured the rights ove...

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    iW NEWS | MSNBC Deal for "Witch Hunt" Ahead of AFI Fest Debut

    MSNBC Films announced a deal for Dana Nachman and Don Hardy's "Witch Hunt," on the eve of the U.S. premiere of the film at AFI Fest in Los Angeles. The documentary, executive produced and narrated by Sean Penn, is described as, "the story of eight parents in Bakersfield, CA in 1984 who were falsely ...

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    "Kassim," "Wire," "Stranded," "Waltz" and "Young" Compete for IDA Honors

    The five feature film nominations were announced today for the International Documentary Association's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards competition. "Kassim The Dream," "Man On Wire," "Stranded: I Have Come From A Plane That Crashed On the Mountains," "Waltz With Bashir" and "Young @ Heart" will compete ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dear Zachary" Director Kurt Kuenne

    In "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father," director Kurt Kuenne pays tribute to his murdered friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby. The woman who killed Bagby was pregnant with Bagby's son, Zachary, at the time of his murder, and Kuenne realized his film "would likely be the only way that little Zac...

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    REVIEW | Running Wild: Christina Clausen's "The Universe of Keith Haring"

    The best compliment that can be paid "The Universe of Keith Haring," a straightforward, fast-moving documentary about the Pennsylvania phenom who made his way from New York City bohemia to the art world and transcended all to become one of the most recognizable names in popular graphics in the late 20th century, is that it is as inspiring at the level of a cinematic portrait as its subject was at the level of pure creation. As directed by newcomer Christina Clausen, the film looks to Haring as an artistic role model for his preternatural talent, of course, but also for his infectious lust for life that had him as committed to social activism ...

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    iW NEWS | "Water" To Open DocSoup

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced that the 2008-09 Doc Soup series will open with the Canadian premiere of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Katrina doc "Trouble The Water." After the October 29, 2008 screening at the Bloor Cinema, Lessin and Deal will participate in a Q&A...

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    iW NEWS | Snag Makes Paley Partnership

    The Paley Center for Media (formerly known as Museum of Television & Radio) is deepening its relationship with SnagFilms. The union will give Snag a presence at the organization's DocFest and Paley's other events and initiatives and will also include outreach to the film community. Both sides emphasized that it would bolster the doc community by providing more outlets and opportunies for films and filmmakers. "As our organization continues to expand our role as a 'media connector', we are pleased to be able to help filmmakers better understand and become familiar with options for reaching ever larger audiences," said Paley president and CEO P...

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    REVIEW | Crash Landing: Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mou

    In his 1993 review of "Alive," a film based on the infamous 1972 true story of the survivors of a Uruguay rugby team that crashed in the Andes on their plane ride to a tournament, Roger Ebert wrote, "We care about the characters while we watch the movie. But at the end it all seems elusive. The movie characters complete their dreadful ordeal, but somehow, walking out, we feel the real Andes survivors would not quite recognize themselves." Ebert suggested that "Alive"'s problem was one of evocation: despite the attempt to impart what the survivors went through, their incredible physical endurance (72 days in freezing cold temperatures) and men...

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