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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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    Year Five of Showcasing the Best of Modern Asian Cinema, at NYAFF '06

    It seems like the hippest discussion topics for underground cinema fans these days are "Snakes on a Plane" and Asian Cinema, which means the fifth anniversary of the New York Asian Film Festival has arrived in perfect time. Hosted by a grassroots group called Subway Cinema, NYAFF has been way ahead ...

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    "Live Free or Die" and "Gitmo" Take Top Seattle Fest Prizes

    The Seattle International Film Festival presented its awards Sunday afternoon at the city's Space Needle, giving its best new American film prize to "Live Free or Die" by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin. Best doc went to "Gitmo: The New Rules of War" by Erik Gandini and Tarik Sale, with a special jury mention going to local director Linas Philllips' Walking to Werner." Audience prizes went to French director Michel Hazanavicius' "OSS 117" and best doc went to "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" by Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg. Goran Dukic won best director for "Wristcutters: A Love Story" in the audience section. Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" ...

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    "Oh" Wins Audience Prize in Brooklyn

    Billy Kent's "The Oh in Ohio" won the audience award for best feature at the 9th edition of the Brooklyn International Film Festival, while Joseph Mathew & Dan DeVivo's "Crossing Arizona" was awarded the best doc award in audience ballotting. The 2006 Grand Chameleon Award and the prize for best feature went to Libero De Rienzo's "Blood: Death Does Not Exist", while the Diane Seligman Award for best documentary went to Julie Soto's "Radiophobia." Dyana Gaye's "Ousmane" won the award for best short film and Douglas Steiner, the chairman of Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, was presented the Brooklyn Excellence Award. The prize for best new director ...

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    Most Dangerous Film Fest Brings Culture to Sin City

    The idea of Las Vegas does not normally scream culture. Not in any conventional sense, anyway, apart from a twisted, funhouse-mirror distortion of American notions on class, status, beauty and good taste. Taking the tagline "The World's Most Dangerous Film Festival" as its official slogan for the fi...

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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 co...

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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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    NewFest Wraps of '06 Fest With Kudos for "Camp Out" and "The Gymnast"

    NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, giving Larry Grimaldi and Kirk Marcolina the Showtime Vanguard Award. The doc, which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival, spotlights the first overnight camp for gay Christian youth, fo...

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    "Shortbus" Inks North American Deal With ThinkFilm; UK Rights Go To The Works

    ThinkFilm has acquired all North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," perhaps the most talked about film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and, in a separate pact, The Works U.K. Distribution has secured UK rights to the new movie. A sexually explicit, strikingly artistic and ultima...

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