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    iW NEWS | Image Take "The Who"

    Image Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the rights to "The Who At Kilburn: 1977," which has not been available or seen publicly since it was first filmed almost 31 years ago. It would turn out to be the next-to-the-last live performance by The Who's Keith Moon, who died September 7, 1978. As part of its agreement with Spitfire Pictures, Image has secured all worldwide home video, broadcast, digital and non-theatrical rights to the concert and related footage, with the exception of Japan. "The release of this concert is a milestone in the career of a band that defined an entire music generation," said David Borshell, pr...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Films Acquires "Zero Bridge"

    Visit Films has announced the worldwide acquisition of Tariq Tapa's "Zero Bridge." The film will premiere at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, and is the first dramatic narrative feature film about contemporary daily life in the Indian-occupied city of Srinagar, Kashmir. The film was made with the support of the U.S. Fulbright Commission and IFP's Narrative Lab. "The story behind the creation of this film captivated us even before the first viewing," said Visit's Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron jointly in a statement. "The fact that Tariq shot, directed, edited, wrote, recorded sound and everything else that is required on a feature film, on his...

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    iW NEWS | "Allah Made" For Truly Indie

    Truly Indie has announced that it will handle the U.S. theatrical release of Andrea Kalin's documentary, "Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert." The film looks at three American Muslim comedians, Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Mosswho, who take "a no holds barred approach" to humor about being ...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony To Release "Devil Back To Hell"

    Balcony Releasing has announced its acquisition of the U.S. distribution of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker's doc "Pray The Devil Back To Hell." The film, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of a small band of Liberian women who came toget...

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    IW NEWS | Sony Classics Planning '09 Release for Boden & Fleck's "Sugar"

    Sony Pictures Classics is planning a theatrical release pegged to the '09 baseball season for Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's "Sugar. The company formally announced today the deal for North American and Latin American Distribution rights to the HBO film, which debuted in competition at this year's Sunda...

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    iW NEWS | Somerset Acquires "Article VI"

    Somerset Films has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to Bryan Hall and Jack Donaldson's political documentary "Article VI: Faith, Politics, America." The film examines the overwhelmingly divisive role of religion in American politics. Somerset is planning to release the film just p...

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    iW NEWS | "Who Does She Think" For Artistic License

    Artistic License Films has acquired theatrical rights to director Pamela Tanner Boll's documentary "Who Does She Think She Is?" The film looks at the "mothering-versus-working choice" faced particularly by American women artists. Artistic License will open the film in October at The Angelika in Ne...

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    iW NEWS | "Milton Glaser" For Arthouse

    Arthouse Films announced that it has acquired the Worldwide rights to the Wendy Key's documentary, "Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight." Glaser was best known for co-founding New York Magazine and for his iconic poster designs. "We are thrilled to work with the filmmakers on this release," said Arthouse Films' Lily Bright and David Koh in a joint statement. "Milton Glaser's designs are recognizable worldwide and now audiences will have a chance to see the wit, intelligence and generosity of the man behind the iconic work." Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release next year followed by a DVD release on its label. Arthouse Films will also ...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Chooses "Connor"

    North American rights to Luke Eberl's "Choose Connor" have been acquired by Strand Releasing. The film, fresh from Outfest in Los Angeles, is described as a political thriller. It stars Steven Weber and Alex Linx. Making his feature directing debut, Eberl starred as an actor in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" and also had a role in Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima." Jon Gerrans from Strand negotiated the deal with Lev Ginsburg of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, L.L.P. on behalf of Eberl. "Choose Connor" also screened at the Rome, Woodstock and Cinevegas film festivals. In the film, a Congressman (Weber) ...

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    HR | A Cannes of worms for indie films

    In the Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Goldstein takes a closer look at Steven Soderbergh's "Che," James Gray's "Two Lovers" and Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York," all from Cannes. "It took two months for the $20 million-plus 'Synecdoche' to land a U.S. distribution deal with Sony Pictures Classics...

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