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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Lian Lunson, Director of "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man"

    Fresh from a run on the fest circuit that has included stops in Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin (among many others) is Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary about the acclaimed and influential musician. Opening this Wednesday at Film Forum in New York, the movie is anchored at a the "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House in Australia last year. The film features interview footage with Cohen as well as live performances by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Chr...

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    Palm Gets "Idols"

    Palm Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American and Caribbean rights to S.A. Crary's "Kill Your Idols" and the company will release the movie in theaters early next month. A July 7th release date has been set for the documentary about New York's underground post-punk music scene. "We are excited to bring 'Kill Your Idols" to the widest possible audience and continue our tradition of putting out the best music films and documentaries," said Palm Picture's head of acquisitions and production David Koh, in a statement. He concluded the deal with Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Films, who executive produced the film. The DVD ...

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    "Jesus Camp" Wins Top Prize at SilverDocs

    Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "Jesus Camp" was the top prize winner at the 2006 edition of SilverDocs, nabbing the Sterling Feature Grand Jury Award at the Silver Spring, MD festival. Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin's "Chairman George was presented an honorable mention in the fest's competition. i...

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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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