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HBO Films Acquires Post-9/11 Terrorism Doc 'The Newburgh Sting'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 3, 2014 at 11:37AM

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The Newburgh Sting
The Newburgh Sting

HBO Documentary Films has picked up all US and international television rights to "The Newburgh Sting" from directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. The film world premieres April 20 at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival before debuting on HBO in July. 

Comprised of heretofore-unseen FBI footage, "Newburgh Sting" looks closely at the Bureau's involvement in the 2009 terrorism plot of the "Newburgh Four," in which four Muslim men were arrested on suspicion of a plot to destroy US military supply planes out of Newburgh, New York, and bomb two Jewish synagogues in the Bronx's wealthy Riverdale area.

The doc features interviews with Washington insiders, and interviews with families connected to the Newburgh Four. Last year, HBO aired "Newburgh" director Kate Davis' mesmerizing crime doc "The Cheshire Murders."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.