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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Camden 28" Director Anthony Giacchino

    Director Anthony Giacchino's doc "The Camden 28" explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment while protesting the war in Vietnam. Featuring a bounty of archival materials and current interviews with former FBI agents involved in the case and...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony Bringing "Kurt Cobain About A Son" to U.S. Theaters

    Balcony Releasing has announced the theatrical release of A.J. Schnack's "Kurt Cobain About A Son," debuting at the IFC Center in Manhattan on October 3rd and opening two days later at The Nuart in Los Angeles. The Sidetrack Films production, which will then open at The Varsity in Seattle on October 12, debuted last year at the Toronto International Film Festival (where indieWIRE first reported on the film). Additional cities are still to be announced, according to Balcony's Greg Kendall. "Kurt Cobain About a Son" recounts the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in his own words. The portrait features audio interviews Cobain conducted with ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" Director Sara Lamm

    Whoever thinks enlightened can't be found on a soap label hasn't looked closely at that text-heavy blue bottle in the Trader Joe's aisle. From afar Dr. Bronner's unadorned, institutional-like bottles look as if they're covered with warnings (one of the big ones: DILUTE!). Rather, they are packed with mind-twisting moral teachings. Even looking for some instructions gives you a healthy dose: "Enjoy body rub to stimulate body-mind-soul-spirit and teach the essene moral ABC uniting all free in the shepherd astronomer Israel's greatest all-one-god-faith!" Sara Lamm's documentary about Dr. Emanuel Bronner, master soapmaker, self-proclaimed ra...

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    iW NEWS | Lionsgate Gets Untitled Larry Charles/Bill Maher Doc

    Lionsgate has announced its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to "Borat" director Larry Charles' untitled documentary about world religion. Produced by Jonah Smith and Palmer West of Thousand Words, the film features Bill Maher in a humorous (and likely controversial) exploration of the world's major religious institutions. The company is planning a Spring '08 release. IM Global, which is handling international sales, screened selections from the film during private showings at their Cannes Market suite in May. The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by theatrical president Tom Ortenberg, acquisitions VP Eda Kowan and EVP Wendy Jaffe with...

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    iW DOC COLUMN | Hybrid Films Take Center Stage

    "Bye bye, Africa" are the words spoken by Mahamat Saleh Haroun as he leaves his native Chad for life as an ex-pat in Europe in the film of the same name which screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of Flaherty at MoMa program running from June 22 - 30. Haroun stars in his film and thoug...

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    iW NEWS | Participant Backing Live Earth Doc

    Brian Hill's Century Films and Katie Bailiff will produce a feature-length documentary from Participant Productions inspired by the upcoming Live Earth concert event taking place July 7, 2007. Backed by producer Kevin Wall and Al Gore, the Live Earth concert will take place at venues around the world this Saturday. "Jeff Skoll and Participant always believed in the message of 'An Inconvenient Truth', long before it was fashionable to do so," said Gore in a statement, referencing his Oscar-winning doc that was produced by Participant. "I'm thrilled to be working with them again in this new effort to focus attention on climate crisis." Clarify...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman" Director Jennifer Fox

    Director Jennifer Fox's "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman" is a six hour-long film (divided into one hour episodes) that maps the world of female life and sexuality today--from the dramatic turns in her own life to the stories of women around the globe that shed light on the "universal issues all...

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    FIRST PERSON | John Pierson: An Open Letter to Michael Moore

    There is no percentage in me, or anyone for that matter, criticizing you. And since you've effectively become America's conscience, it must be awfully hard to pause for a moment and examine your own. And I would never have become part of an attempt to make you do that if not for a classroom full o...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" director Taggart Siegel

    In Taggart Siegel's doc, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John", a family farm becomes a mirror on American cultural revolutions. Eccentric and way ahead of the curve, John Peterson raised eyebrows in the small town of Caledonio, Illinios by embracing hippies, building an art commune, creating performance ...

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    iW NEWS | With "Sicko" Opening Sooner Than Expected...Moore Meets the Press

    Media coverage of Michael Moore's "Sicko" in recent days has concerned full-length pirated versions of the movie that have appreared on internet video sites like YouTube and Google Video. Asked about the development during a Tuesday news conference in New York, the director wondered aloud who might have a vested interest in hurting the film, but when pressed he refrained from making any public accusations and admitted a general distaste towards tight copyright restrictions. "I am glad that people are able to see my movie," Moore admitted, adding, "I am not a big believer of our copyright laws, I think they are too restrictive." And he added, ...

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