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David Parfitt Accuses Harvey Weinstein Of Assaulting Him On ‘My Week With Marilyn’

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UPDATED with response from Harvey Weinstein My Week With Marilyn producer David Parfitt has accused Harvey Weinstein of physically assaulting him during production of the Michelle Williams-fronted feature that was released in 2011. Parfitt made the claim in Channel 4's Working With Weinstein documentary, which airs Tuesday night in the UK. “When we actually got through the main shoot and into the test, he decided it wasn't enough Marilyn's film and that he wanted more… Read


‘Unbanned: The Legend Of AJ1’ Trailer Looks At Sneaker Culture

The story of a shoe that became a cultural phenomenon is being released during the National Basketball Association’s all-star game weekend. The feature documentary Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1,  explores the journey of the Air Jordan 1 shoe and its role in disrupting the NBA, birthing sneaker culture and influencing social and cultural factors in  sports, music, fashion, art, and social behavior.   . Featuring commentary from director and Knicks superfan Spike Lee, actor Mi… Read


Greenwich Entertainment Climbs ‘Mountain’ Doc; Sets May U.S. Release – Berlin

Distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Mountain, the latest documentary from Sherpa helmer Jennifer Peedom. Narrated by Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, Mountain is described as a vertiginous juxtaposition of image and music that explores the powerful force that mountains hold over our imaginations. The film had its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House with accompaniment by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Greenwich will release it May 25… Read


Abramorama Picks Up ‘Love & Bananas’ For Theatrical Release In April, Unveils Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: With the ban on elephant trophy imports having been in the news this year, Abramorama just acquired a very timely story: Ashley Bell's feature documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. The film follows Bell and a team of elephant rescuers — led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and Time magazine’s Hero of Asia, Sangdeaun Lek Chailert — as they mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old partially blind trekking elephant and… Read


Focus Blesses Wim Wenders’ Pope Francis Documentary With Domestic Release Date

Focus Features has set a May 18, 2018 domestic release for Wim Wenders’ documentary, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word. The film is a rare co-production with the Vatican, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and the pope addressing his audience directly, answering questions on life, death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism and the role of the family. Universal Pictures International will distribute overseas. Written and directed… Read


‘The King’ Maker Eugene Jarecki Signs With Anonymous Content, Books Deal With Sterling Lord Literistic

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EXCLUSIVE: Eugene Jarecki, who debuted his new film The King at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with Anonymous Content and Sterling Lord Literistic, the latter of whom will team with the filmmaker on a book based on his Elvis Presley road-trip documentary. David Kanter and Howie Sanders of Anonymous Content will represent the Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker alongside UTA. "Anonymous Content is excited to join forces with Eugene whose new film The King adds… Read


SXSW 2017 Winner ‘Maineland’ Acquired By Abramorama For March Release; Watch The Trailer


EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired U.S. and Canadian theatrical distribution rights to Maineland, the documentary from Beijing Taxi filmmaker Miao Wang that bowed at last year’s SXSW, where it won a a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Observational Cinema. The docu will begin its nationwide rollout March 16 at the AMC Empire 25 in New York, with a digital release to follow on the Amazon Festival Stars platform. The film centers on the cross-cultural experience of… Read


Joan Jett Sundance Documentary ‘Bad Reputation’ Acquired By Magnolia

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Bad Reputation, Kevin Kerslake's feature-length documentary about rocker Joan Jett that bowed last month at the Sundance Film Festival. A 2018 theatrical release is planned. The pic centers on Jett’s early years as founder and backbone of the Runaways, her seminal 1970s punk band, and then meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to catapult her as a solo act. Joel Marcus wrote the pic, which was produced by Peter… Read


Topic Studios Nabs Oscar Nominated Short ‘Edith+Eddie’

Topic Studios has picked up the streaming rights to Edith+Eddie, the short documentary which will be vying for the Oscar statue next month. Directed by Laura Checkoway and exec produced by award-winning actress/singer Cher, the doc follows America’s oldest interracial newlyweds at age 96 and 95. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. The short is already a winner. It has picked up best short prizes at the 2017 International… Read


Gunpowder & Sky Picks Up Feature Doc ‘Ramen Heads’ For Theatrical Release

EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky has just picked up Koki Shigeno’s feature documentary Ramen Heads which explores the popular Japanese noodle dish and the reigning king of ramen. The doc, which will be distributed under the company’s FilmBuff label, will be released March 16  in New York and Los Angeles before expanding into select theaters after that. Ramen Heads profiles Japan’s reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, taking a look at every step of his obsessive approach to… Read


Tribeca Will Open 17th Edition With CNN Films’ Gilda Radner Documentary

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival will open April 18 with the world premiere of Love, Gilda, a CNN Films documentary about comedian Gilda Radner. The film is the directing debut of Lisa D'Apolito, who got support from Radner’s estate. It emphasizes Radner’s words and voice by weaving together audiotapes, home movies and diary entries with interviews with friends and those she inspired, including many alums of Saturday Night Live. Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at just… Read


Discovery & BBC Studios Ink Historic Deal For ‘The Red List’ Animal Documentary

EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Communications is moving its headquarters to New York City next year and today the organization made public another change as well with a first of its time commission to the BBC. The UK broadcaster's Natural History Unit will make wildlife conservation documentary The Red List for the Rich Ross-led Discovery Channel. Set to air in 2020, the deal for the two-hour film is the very first time that there has been a non-BBC commission for the London-based… Read