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    iW NEWS | A Lifesize "Monster" for U.S. and Canada

    Worldwide distribution to director Cullen Hoback's "Monster Camp" have been picked up by Lifesize Entertainment. The company palns a U.S. and Canadian theatrical release in May. The award winning doc received top honors at the Rome International Film Festival, Miami Underground Film Festival and Cinequest. The film is a glimpse into the world of live-action role playing ("LARPing"), a real-life version of the videogame phenomenon World of Warcraft. "'Monster Camp' is an enlightening, entertaining and energetic look at an American subculture that also provides a broader commentary on the desire we all feel at times to escape the mundane tediou...

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    VAR | IFC takes in Madonna's 'Wisdom'

    IFC Entertainment acquired North American rights to Madonna's, "Filth and Wisdom," according to Variety. indieWIRE interviewed Madonna about the film earlier this year in Berlin (video clip from the film).

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    HR | Vivendi acquires 'New York' rights

    aunching a new theatrical distribution arm, Vivendi Entertainment is partnering with Palm Pictures to acquire U.S. rights to the anthology, "New York, I Love You," which is currently filming in the city, " TARGET=_"blank">according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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    iW NEWS | Icarus Takes "Dust"

    Icarus Films announced Wednesday that has acquired the North American rights to German filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky's "Dust." Shot on 35mm, the documentary examines dust particles in a detailed and distinctly visual manner, aiming to suggest new understandings of human bodies and environments. The fil...

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    iW NEWS | Redwood, Truly Indie, and Magnolia Team For "Graduation"

    Redwood Palms Pictures, Truly Indie, and Magnolia Pictures announced that they will partner in acquiring Mike Mayer's teen-heist film "Graduation" for both theatrical and DVD release. The film stars Riley Smith, Shannon Lucio, Adam Arkin and Huey Lewis and details four high school friends who decide...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Acquires "Momma's Man"

    Visit Films has acquired international rights to Azazel Jacob's Sundance breakout "Momma's Man." The film, which also screened recently at New Directors/New Films, was acquired domestically by ThinkFilm earlier this year. "This film represents the evolution of current American independent cinema," s...

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    iW NEWS | Jaman To Distribute BBC Online

    Jaman.com has announced the acquisition of a collection of fils from BBC Worldwide America for online distribution. "Jaman is very pleased to expand our library with this selection from the BBC, one of the most prestigious producers of content that entertains, informs and educates," said founder and...

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    HR | Sony gets some 'Sugar'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal marks the fourth feature acquisition out of this year's Sundance Film Festival for SPC, after nabbing Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" and The Duplas...

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    iW NEWS | THINK Takes "The Escapist" for North America

    North American rights to Rupert Wyatt's directorial debut "The Escapist" have been picked up by THINKFilm, the company announced Thursday. The thriller had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will open theatrically in the Fall of '08 according to THINK's theatrical division head Mark Urman. Urman and the company's VP of acqusitions, Ben Stambler, negotiated the deal with Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt of Goalpost Film, and Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. In the film, Brian Cox stars as a man who is serving a life sentence in prison. When a letter informs him that his daug...

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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope's Che Doc at Fortissimo

    Fortissomo Films has announced a deal for all rights outside of North America for Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez's "Chevolution," which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The new documentary was financed by Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and in the words of an announcement, was described as examining, "how the famous photo of revolutionary Ernest "Che" Guevara, captured in an instant by renowned photographer Alberto Korda, became an iconic image known throughout the world, revered by revolutionaries for 50 years, and plastered on everything from bikinis to beer bottles." Subjects included in the film include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antoni...

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