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Sundance Selects Takes 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' -- Dissident for Digital Age?

Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - the "story of a dissident for the digital age" - has been acquired by Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The doc debuted at Sundance (winning the Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance) and recently screened as an official selection in the Berlinale Special. The film's planned summer release will coincide with the film's subject making his first trip outside of China since his detainment. Read more below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:19 PM
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Sundance Deal: Ice-T's 'Something From Nothing' Rap & Hip-Hop Doc Goes to Indomina For Worldwide Distribution

Indomina has acquired world rights to Ice-T's Sundance documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," and intends to release the film in early summer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 4:08 PM
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Sundance Deal Update: 'Simon Killer,' 'Chasing Ice,' 'The Pact'

With many of the biggest buyers heading home with depleted wallets, smaller deals are playing out. IFC Films is in final talks to acquire "Simon Killer," a psychological drama; this is IFC's second acquisition after writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts."
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 26, 2012 6:08 PM
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FIRST LOOK: 'No Room for Rockstars' Music Doc Captures the Wild, Weird, World of Warped Tour

"No Room for Rockstars" premiered at Slamdance on January 22. Then it will play one night on Cinedigm digital screens across the country, on March 1, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 25, 2012 10:20 PM
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Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 23, 2012 3:28 PM
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Inside Michael Moore's Oscar Documentary Reforms and His War on HBO: Pros and Cons

At the Cinema Eye Honors Wednesday night, which honored Steve James' "The Interrupters," among other docs not on this year's Oscar shortlist, Oscar-winners Michael Moore and Alex Gibney hotly debated the proposed new Academy rules. New Academy governor Moore is right to take on the Oscar documentary branch's arcane voting procedures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 1:50 PM
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Sundance Premieres: Features and Documentaries, Actors Behind Camera

Brit Marling, watch out! Women are front and center at the Sundance Film festival this year, including the Premieres section, which features more well-known players than the other sections---and many actors behind the camera.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 3:59 PM
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Concrete Jungles: Doc Short Reimagines the High Rise

“One Millionth Tower” is a visually spectacular Web documentary by Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek that reimagines the fate of the dilapidating modern high-rise, a building form that houses over a billion people worldwide.   The six and a half minute short concentrates on a Toronto concrete high rise, Kipling Avenue, home to some 20,000 people. The film mixes photographs of the high rises with whimsical animation that brings these concrete structures to life, communicating the vibrancy of the high-rise through virtual landscapes. “One Millionth Tower” filmmakers spent two years interviewing residents with delicate attentiveness; the animation is sourced from apartment denizens' sketches of ways to improve their home. As the third installment of short web documentaries from the HIGHRISE project (others include “One Thousandth Tower” and “Out My Window”) this short film shows the power of film to transform our world.  Watch "One Millionth Tower" here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 5, 2011 11:47 AM
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IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Friday night, beating out terrorist thriller "Better This World," end-of-life drama "How to Die in Oregon," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and "Tiniest Place."
  • By Anne Thompson and Justin Lowe
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  • December 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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Producers Guild Announces Documentary Nominations

Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has chosen its five documentary features to be voted on for best documentary. Last year, "The Kings Speech" won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures--the fourth year running that the Producers Guild presaged the best picture Oscar winner. Of the list below,  the films that are also on the Oscar shortlist of 15 are "Project Nim" and "Bill Cunningham New York." The International Documentary Association awards will be announced Friday night. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 12:06 PM
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