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    "Maxed Out" Set with Magnolia, Truly Indie and Red Envelope

    Magnolia Home Entertainment, Truly Indie and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to James Spurlock's South by Southwest Film Festival special jury prize winner "Maxed Out" for theatrical and DVD release, the companies announced Friday. Directed by Scurlock and edited by Alexis Spraic, the feature is a journey inside the American debt-style, where, according to a release, "things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time." The film shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and reveals why the poor are getting poo...

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    Kino International Picks "In the Pit" for January Release

    Juan Carlos Rulfo's Mexican doc "In the Pit," which won the Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival has been picked up by Kino International the company announced Friday. The film, which will be released in January, 2007, is described as an "in-depth and remarkably candid portrait of the workers who built the Second Deck of Mexico City's inner Periferico freeway. Although a major architectural structure, the most impressive information about this elevated freeway is the sheer number of lives that it impacts." After opening in New York and Los Angeles, Kino will expand the film to further cities. [Brian Br...

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    Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes" at Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jennifer Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes," based on the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky. In the words of an announcement today, "the film takes the viewer primarily to China, where Baichwal examines the rarely witnessed sites of that country'...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Darryl Hunt" Doc

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," which debuted back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by ThinkFilm. The company is planning a 2007 release of the film, which has just been named to the short list of films under consideration for a best documenta...

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    Weinsteins Buy Wong's "Blueberry"

    The Weinstein Company has nabbed all U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights," described as a romantic comedy in a TWC announcement. The filmmaker's English language debut stars Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman, was writ...

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    "Solo Dios Sabe" Set at Palm

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Carlos Bolado's "Solo Dios Sabe," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "The film follows the relationship of Mexican journalist Damian, played by Diego Luna and Brazilian student Dolores, played by Alice Braga. The company is planning an early 2007 theatrical release of the film. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures, and Rosanne Korenberg on behalf of the filmmakers. "Palm Pictures really works with directors and thinks like them," said filmmaker Bolado, in a statement. "I love their catalog! We're ...

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    First Independent Goes "Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired US, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights to Paul Fox's "Everything's Gone Green," written by Douglas Coupland. The company is planning a Spring 2007 theatrical release in a deal brokered by Shoreline Entertainment. The film debuted at the Toronto ...

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    Strand Gets "Syndromes" and "Sleep" From Fortissimo

    Strand Releasing closed a pair of pacts with Fortissimo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, acquiring Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes of the Century" and Tsai Ming-liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Both movies were commissioned as part of the City of Vienna's New Crowned Hope ser...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Set Oscar Shorts Release

    Magnolia Pictures and leading short film company Shorts International will again partner to bring Academy Award nominated live action and animated short films to U.S. theatres prior to the February 25, 2007 Oscar ceremony. The films will later be available through Magnolia's Home Entertainment division and across other platforms that include ShortsTV on mobile phones. In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonnn Bowles said in a statement:We were extremely excited with how the Academy Shorts performed for us last year. Making them available before the actual ceremony made all of the difference. If you want to get a leg up on your office pool,...

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    First Independent Pictures Acquires Rights to "Everything's Gone Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired the US, Australian, New Zealand and South African distribution rights for the indie comedy "Everything's Gone Green" by Paul Fox from Shoreline Entertainment, with a theatrical release set for Spring 2007, the company announced Monday. The film stars Paulo Costanzo ("Road Trip") as an underachiever tempted into a money-laundering scheme who struggles morally with his ill-gotten gains. The film, which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Douglas Coupland, the author credited with coining the term 'Generation X.' "Douglas Coupland's work is renowne...

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