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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis" Director Mary Jordan

    Director Mary Jordan's doc biopic "Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis" centers on underground filmmaker, photographer, actor, performance artist, Lower East Side fixture, homosexual, and anticapitalist Jack Smith who was a central figure of New York underground culture from the 1960s until his death in 1989. This portrait of Jack Smith is replete with an assemblage of photographs, film clips, and audio recordings of Smith's own voice, while resurrecting the seminal importance of Smith to the entire development of the 1960s New York underground scene. The film received an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and is curre...

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    DOCS MONTHLY | The Doc Blogs: Part of a Thriving Online Film Community

    Ever wonder how the term "blog" was coined? Most people know it comes from the word "weblog", which was first used by Jorn Barger back in December of '97, but the shortened version came into use when Peter Merholz cleverly turned "weblog" into "we blog" in the sidebar of his brilliant Peterme.com in 1999. Since blogs as we know them have only existed for about a decade, it's remarkable that the number of people maintaining a personal website is expected to reach about 100 million this year, according to Gartner Research. It's not surprising then, that there are now blogs about every subject imaginable and then some - from robots to superna...

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    DISPATCH FROM GREECE | At a Doc Fest in Thessaloniki: Euro Premieres and "Troubled Innocence"

    Sitting in a smoky cafe outside the John Cassavetes theater, filmmaker (and fest honoree) Steven Bognar is holding forth on the differences between Greek and North American audiences. "Greeks are not afraid to ask confrontational questions. This gives a Q&A a sense of uncertainty that&...

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    Haupt's "Song for Argyris" Wins Thessaloniki Doc Prize

    The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival concluded today in Greece awarding its ERT3 Audience Award for a film in the official selection to Stefan Haupt's "A Song for Argyris" from the U.S., while the audience prize for a short film went to Ruby Yang's "The Blood of Yingzh...

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    "In the Shadows of the Moon" to Open Hot Docs '07

    Details of the 2007 edition of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, North America's largest, were unveiled this week, with 129 films set for this year's roster. Hot Docs will open April 19 in Toronto with David Sington's "In the Shadow of the Moon," the story of NASA's Apollo astronauts, told first-hand by the crews themselves with never-before-seen archival footage. Among the documentaries making their world premieres at Hot Docs are: Oliver Hodge's "Garbage Warrior," the story of a visionary American architect who creates eco-friendly homes from refuse; Arne Johnson and Shane King's "Girls Rock," which follows young girls' ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Air Guitar Nation" Director Alexandra Lipsitz

    Director Alexandra Lipsitz's doc "Air Guitar Nation," which premiered last year at the SXSW Film Festival and also played in Toronto follows the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Two aspiring rock stars strum and strut their way towards glory and the coveted national title. C. Diddy, a samurai warrior clad in a "Hello Kitty" breast plate and red kimono emerges as an early favorite, but his arch nemesis from New York's Lower East Side, Bjorn, is not far behind. As the film reaches its climax, the future of Air hangs in the balance. Will Bjorn's technical prowess, stage performance and airness be enough to take him to the top, or will...

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    NY POST | Magnolia Eyeing 9/11 Doc, With Sheen as Narrator

    The New York Post's Page Six gossip column reports that the makers of the controversial 9/11 conspiracy theory documentary "Loose Change" are in talks with Magnolia Pictures about releasing the movie on home video, with actor Charlie Sheen as a new narrator of the movie. The column reports that comp...

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    Palm Gets "Your Gonna Miss Me," Plans Summer Release

    Palm Pictures has announced a deal for North American rights to Keven McAlester's "Your Gonna Miss Me," which was nominated for best documentary at this year's Independent Spirit Awards. The company is planning a Summer 2007 release, according to an annoucement from Palm Pictures Manager Lisa Nishim...

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    TLC Makes Pre-SXSW Deal for "Crazy Sexy Cancer"

    Kris Carr's "Crazy Sexy Cancer," having its world premiere on Sunday at SXSW, inked a pre-fest deal with TLC (a part of Discovery Communications). The documentary will be the first to screen on the cable network's new TLC Life Lens strand, in August. The company describes the new film as, "an irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman (Kris Carr) who looks for a cure and finds her life." Diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer in 2003, Carr (in the words of an announcement), uses the film to reveal, "her intimate thoughts, struggles and fears before the camera, sharing her story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of hu...

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    DISPATCH FROM MISSOURI: True/False Serves Up Plenty of Surprises

    It's 10 AM on a Saturday morning with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, but that didn't stop a full house of people filing into The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri for a screening of Marco Williams' newest film "Banished." Fresh from the Sundance premiere, Williams announced that he was actually more nervous for this particular screening because several of the film's subjects were in the audience and seeing it for the first time, and afterward they would take the stage and discuss it with Marco for the first time. The probing film looks at the modern ramifications of ethnic cleansing in American towns and reparations to descenda...

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