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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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    FIRST PERSON | John Sinno: An open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    [Editor's note: John Sinno is a producer of "Iraq in Fragments" by James Longley.]

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    DOC COLUMN: Fests Bring Out the Docs in March

    It wasn't too many years ago that March was considered a relatively quiet month for North American film festivals, but these days there may not be such a thing as a "quiet" month, given the proliferation of important festivals spread throughout the year. With increasingly high quality programming a...

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    In Missouri, T/F Fest Set for Fourth Annual Doc Fest

    Boasting a new crop of documentaries that are fresh from recent festivals like Sundance and Toronto, as well as others that are, in the words of organizers, "appearing mysteriously before their official premieres elsewhere," the 2007 True/False Film Festival opens Thursday (March 1) in Columbia, MO at five venues around the Midwest college town. David Sington's "In The Shadow of The Moon," the new space travel documentary that debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will open the festival at the local Missouri Theater, kicking off a weekend of screenings, panels, parties and special events celebrating non-fiction films and filmmakin...

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    Barbet Schroeder Doc at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has confirmed its deal for Barbet Schroeder's feature-length doc, "Terror's Advocate," in a deal with sales company Wild Bunch. The film, produced by Rita Dagher is about Jacques Verges, described by Wild Bunch as, "the highly controversial French lawyer, war veteran, revolutionary, agitator and intellectual popularly known as 'The Devil's Advocate'." The controversial figure is known for, in the words of the company, "his persistent defense of those many perceive as the indefensible." In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said, "We're very excited to be co-producing 'Terror's Advocate' with Barbet Schroeder and W...

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    Steger Foundation Set to Explore Global Warming

    The Will Steger Foundation has announced the first project for its Global Warming 101 environmental education initiative and the production of a documentary, "Baffin Island Expedition '07: The Explorers." The film will track Sir Richard Branson, his son Sam and Mount Everest mountaineer Ed Viesturs on a journey across 1,200 miles to remove villages, set to conclude in May in Iglulik with an acoustic concert. "This film will be bold in its message - that climate change is real and causing irreparable harm to people and wildlife," said Steger, in a statement. "We want viewers to discover the truth for themselves about the effects of global warm...

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