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Victor Kossakovsky’s Venice Pic ‘Aquarela’ Scores Sony Classics Deal

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and India rights to Victor Kossakovsky's Aquarela, a documentary that had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The deal reunites SPC and producer Participant Media, which teamed on last year’s Foreign Language Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman. Kossakovsky’s pic, filmed at 96 frames per second, takes audiences on a cinematic journey through the… Read

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Rachel Brosnahan Narrating Climate Change Documentary ‘Paris To Pittsburgh’

EXCLUSIVE:  Emmy and Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress Rachel Brosnahan will narrate Bloomberg Philanthropies/RadicalMedia's upcoming climate change documentary Paris to Pittsburghwhich will premiere on National Geographic Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 9PM ET/PT. Paris to Pittsburgh follows the impassioned efforts of those individuals who are battling the threats of climate change in the wake of the Trump administration exiting the worldwide Paris Climate… Read

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‘Wasted Talent’ Acquired By Freestyle Digital Media; New Trailer For Lillo Brancato Docu Released

EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media announced today that is has secured the distribution rights to the Steve Stanulis-directed documentary Wasted Talent. The film will debut on demand on November 13. The film, which also debuted its first trailer (watch above), follows 41-year-old actor Lillo Brancato who made his debut in Robert De Niro’s 1993 directorial debut A Bronx Tale. He went on to star in Renaissance Man, Crimson Tide, and The Sopranos, but Brancato fell from… Read

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Array Releasing Acquires Lisa France Debut Docu ‘Roll With Me’

EXCLUSIVE: Array Releasing and ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay announced Wednesday that they have acquired the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand rights to the Lisa France documentary Roll With Me. Marking her docu debut, the film will premiere December 1 on Netflix and will be accompanied by a national screening tour to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is recognized on December 3. The film, which was… Read

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Peter Jackson’s WWI Movie ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Takes $730K In One Night, Eyes International Release

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Jackson’s World War I archive movie They Shall Not Grow Old took an impressive non-final £558,000 ($731,000) from 247 screens yesterday on its one night of play in the UK. Reaction has been so positive that the team behind it is now in discussions about international and U.S. release opportunities. The movie’s strong take, which put it second at the local box office Tuesday, was good enough for a healthy £2,260 per-screen average. As first reported by the… Read

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HBO Acquires ‘O.G.’, Prison-Filmed Feature Starring Jeffrey Wright

HBO has picked up O.G., a narrative feature starring Jeffrey Wright that was filmed entirely in a maximum-security prison. Directed by Emmy winner Madeleine Sackler and also starring Theothus Carter and William Fichtner, it premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, where Wright won Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. The premium cabler also said today that it has acquired It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It, a documentary shot at Pendleton during the same… Read

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‘Mapplethorpe’ Director Ondi Timoner Inks With APA

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EXCLUSIVE: Ondi Timoner, the documentary filmmaker who is making her narrative feature debut with the Matt Smith-starring biopic Mapplethorpe, has signed with APA and Dialed-in Entertainment. Timoner has won a pair of Sundance Film Festival grand jury prizes — first in 2004 for her feature documentary debut Dig!, then again in 2009 for We Live In Public. Her docu feature credits also include Join Us (2007), Cool It (2010), and Brand: A Second Coming (2015). Last year… Read

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The Orchard Taps ‘Brewmaster’ Docu From ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ Filmmaker

EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Brewmaster, Douglas Tirola’s documentary about the craft beer movement and the community that makes it flow. The film, which had its premiere at SXSW this year, will open in theaters October 19 followed by a digital bow November 20. Tirola’s documentary follows an ambitious young New York lawyer who struggles to chase his American dream of becoming a brewmaster and a Milwaukee-based professional beer educator… Read

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Epix Sets ‘The Panama Papers’ Documentary From Alex Winter For November Premiere

Epix is reteaming with Deep Web helmer Alex Winter for The Panama Papers, an investigative documentary feature from Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Trouper Productions and Zipper Bros. Films, for premiere Monday, November 26 at 9 PM ET. The Panama Papers details the unprecedented coordination of journalists from around the world working in secret, at great personal risk, to expose the largest data leak in history: a global corruption scandal involving corrupt power… Read

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Chuck Todd Readies For Second ‘Meet The Press’ Documentary Film Fest As Supreme Court Controversy At Full Boil

Chuck Todd is about to host Meet The Presss second MTP FIlm Festival as the Senate is about to formally confirm wildly controversial Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Held in Washington, D.C. this Sunday and Monday, the sold-out documentary film festival, which MTP is presenting with AFI, will screen short political documentaries from HBO, Netflix, The New York Times and other filmmakers, selected by Todd and his staff, that speak to topics on voters’ minds with the m… Read

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‘Carmine Street Guitars’ Scores Abramorama Deal Ahead Of New York Film Festival Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired U.S. rights to Carmine Street Guitars, the Ron Mann-directed documentary that takes a snapshot of Rick Kelly’s fabled Greenwich Village shop where he makes guitars out of salvaged wood from historic New York buildings. The instruments have been used by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith. The film, which shows a a week in the life of the shop alongside Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej, features devotees to the craft… Read

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Oscar-Winning Director Alex Gibney On The Revelatory Documentary That Could Land Him In Jail – Deadline Q&A

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EXCLUSIVE: On a late summer morning in Belfast just over a month ago, more than 100 police officers raided the homes and an office of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, both of whom had worked with the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney on 2017’s No Stone Unturned, a revelatory, deeply unsettling film about a June 18 1994 mass shooting in a Northern Ireland village pub. Two men, their identities hidden beneath balaclavas, had opened fire, killing… Read