Documentary

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

The 3D documentary PINA which world-premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival will be distributed in the US by Sundance Selects, a sister division to IFC Films. Directed by Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), PINA is an in-depth look into the work of iconic dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. Dancer Pina Bausch is legendary. As celebrated as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, she transformed the language of dance. Designed to ignite […]

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” will debut at this year’s Tribeca Flim Festival. The film is a documentary about Ozzy’s life and times, and is said to be “an intimate documentary that delves deep into the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne. A sober Ozzy has reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unparalleled success, misdiagnosed disease, unrelenting fear and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. This is a […]

Sony Picture Classics to Release ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ documentary from 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Sony Picture Classics to Release ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ documentary from 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the Michael Rapaport’s documentary BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST about the rap group  group A Tribe Called Quest which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The documentary film had generated some controversy when Q-Tip, a member of the group, expressed his non-support for the film. However, early reviews of the film from the Sundance Film Festival were fairly positive. No release date […]

HBO to show Harry Belafonte Documentary ‘Sing Your Song’ from 2011 Sundance Film Festival

HBO to show Harry Belafonte Documentary ‘Sing Your Song’ from 2011 Sundance Film Festival

HBO has picked up the U.S. TV rights for, SING YOUR SONG, filmmaker Susanne Rostock (“The Long Way Home,”) documentary on the life of Harry Belafonte. The documentary will debut in Fall 2011, exclusively on HBO. Inspired by singer and actor Paul Robeson, Belafonte rose to fame as a singer, despite trying tours across a segregated country and his provocative crossover into mainstream Hollywood. Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement, while impacting […]

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ documentary to open in NY on May 13

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ documentary to open in NY on May 13

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’  a documentary by Leanne Pooley will open in New York at Cinema Village on May 13. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at New York’s NewFest 2010 and the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009  ‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp. Argot Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of  ‘The […]

Zeitgeist Films to release documentary “Something Ventured”

Zeitgeist Films to release documentary “Something Ventured”

Zeitgeist Films has just acquired Miralan Productions’ SOMETHING VENTURED which looks at the early investors behind the revolutionary technology that created companies like Apple, Intel and Cisco and in the process completely changed our world. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (BALLETS RUSSES) and narrated by best-selling author Po Bronson, SOMETHING VENTURED will have its World premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. SOMETHING VENTURED was Executive Produced by Miralan […]

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

  Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA, a wildly entertaining doc about pot smuggling in 1970s South Florida from Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur, the filmmakers behind the globally popular Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U. Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, SQUARE GROUPER is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling […]

Jerry Weintraub documentary His Way headed to HBO

Jerry Weintraub documentary His Way headed to HBO

Legendary film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub steps out from behind the scenes as he takes his turn in the spotlight with the feature-length documentary HIS WAY, acquired by HBO Documentary Films from Polsky Films. Directed by Oscar® nominee Douglas McGrath, produced by Emmy®- and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, and executive produced by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh and Audrey Rosenberg, HIS WAY chronicles the five-decade career of the […]

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network add Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime” | Trailer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network add Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime” | Trailer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has acquired Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime.”  Crime After Crime screened at 2011 Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition category. In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair […]

Sundance Selects goes for Errol Morris’ documentary Tabloid

Sundance Selects goes for Errol Morris’ documentary Tabloid

Sundance Selects announced yesterday that the company is acquiring North American rights to Errol Morris’ highly acclaimed documentary TABLOID.  The dark, funny and altogether surreal film was one of the standout hits at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival winning indieWIRE’s critics poll for Best Documentary.   The film was produced by Morris regular collaborators Julie Bilson Ahlberg (THE FOG OF WAR, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE), and Mark Lipson, (THE THIN BLUE LINE, co-produced FAST, CHEAP AND […]

Peter D. Richardson’s New Feature Documentary, “How To Die In Oregon” Headed To Sundance Film Festival And HBO

Peter D. Richardson’s New Feature Documentary, “How To Die In Oregon” Headed To Sundance Film Festival And HBO

Peter D. Richardson’s new feature documentary, “How to Die in Oregon”, will premiere in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will have its broadcast premiere on HBO in 2011. In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. How to Die in Oregon gently enters the lives of terminally ill Oregonians to illuminate the power of death with dignity. “How to Die in Oregon” tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians, […]

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

In the wake of the moderate success of fashion films “Valentino The Last Emperor” and “The September Issue,” IFC Films announced that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou.” “Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death, his life companion Pierre Berge decided to sell their private art collection, a sale considered to be “the auction of the century.’ Each object and art piece seemed to tell a […]

OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

After applying her Midas touch to the book publishing world with her book club, talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is looking to do the same to the film world with a documentary club. OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network has announced it has acquired three films, “One Lucky Elephant,” “65_RedRoses” and “Most Valuable Players,” that will join the upcoming monthly documentary film club lineup “One Lucky Elephant” When Flora the elephant loses her zest for performing, circus producer, David […]

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

Documentary film “The Human Experience” produced by Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York, is getting some marketing help from some local Catholic organizations in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Six screenings of the film are planned for next week in Kalamazoo as part of a “Welcome Home for Christmas” campaign aimed at lapsed , said Steve Goffeney, executive director of the organization planning it, Newman’s Bookshoppe: The Catholic Information Center of Southwestern Michigan. The film that was named […]

Stars of Documentary ‘Precious Life’ Surprise Israel Film Festival

Stars of Documentary ‘Precious Life’ Surprise Israel Film Festival

Audience members participating in a panel discussion about Shlomi Eldar’s documentary “Precious Life,” the closing night film of the 25th Annual Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, received a surprise when the subjects of the film video-conferenced in from Gaza to participate in the talk. Palestinian mother Ra’ida Abu Mustaffa, her husband Faozi and son Muhammad, who is now three, participated in a discussion with Israeli television correspondent Shlomi Eldar, film producer Ehud Bleiberg and […]

Eliot Spitzer Talks About Client 9

Eliot Spitzer Talks About Client 9

Eliot Spitzer recently spoke with CNN about why he participated in the new documentary, “Client No. 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” opening Friday in limited release.  The film is directed by Alex Gibney, whose work has included acclaimed documentaries “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”and the anti-war documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side.” Wall Street never faced a tougher crusader in the twenty-first century than Eliot Spitzer. As New York State […]

IFC to Re-Release ‘Shoah’ For 25th Anniversary

IFC to Re-Release ‘Shoah’ For 25th Anniversary

IFC Films has acquired rights to “Shoah.” Directed by Claude Lanzmann, the nine-and-a-half hour documentary received almost universal critical acclaim for its look at Holocaust survivors when it premiered in 1985. For the film’s 25th Anniversary, IFC plans to rerelease “Shoah” in New York City on Dec.10 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and on Dec. 24 at IFC Center. A national rollout will follow in 2011. Twelve years in the making, “Shoah” features interviews with survivors, […]

Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

The documentary Reel Injun, by Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond, won the Canada Award for best documentary at the first of two 2010 Gemini Awards Industry Galas. Diamond’s documentary “Reel Injun,” an examination of Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans through the years, also airs as a PBS “Independent Lens” selection. In it, he draws on many of the films from Hollywood antiquity he watched while coming of age in “Reel Injun” basically covers a century of […]

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Select programming from the PBS Emmy® Award-winning weekly documentary series “Independent Lens” are nowl be available for purchase on iTunes. “The Parking Lot Movie,” directed by Meghan Eckman, will be the first film available from the 2010 Fall season of Independent Lens for purchase. Droll and quirky, “The Parking Lot Movie” — a brainy Slacker for the post-new millennium — follows a unique rite of passage as a select group of over-educated attendants use their […]

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE Opens At IFC Center In NYC On Wednesday, December 8

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE Opens At IFC Center In NYC On Wednesday, December 8

Ripple Effect Films and Argot Pictures  present the US Theatrical release of SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE, a documentary by Michelle Esrick.  Official selection at SXSW, Mill Valley, Maui and numerous other festivals, SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ will open in San Francisco and Bay Area on Friday, December 3, and at the IFC Center in New York on Wednesday, December 8.  Other cities will follow. SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ reveals the true story of cultural phenomenon Wavy Gravy – a man whose commitment […]

“Focused On Excellence” Documentary Chronicles South Korean Athletes And Their Quest To Become The Best

World renowned sports production and distribution company Jalbert Productions International (www.jalbertfilm.com) today debuted “Focused On Excellence” a special television documentary (click on link to view http://tinyb.it/743C58FE750).  Director Jay Jalbert and his globe trekking team chronicled the pride, focus and determination of eight inspirational and influential South Korean athletes and their quest to become the best.  “Focused on Excellence” subtly and effectively weaves visual and artistic cinematography to tell the story of each athlete’s struggles and […]

Award-Winning Documentary – Marwencol – Opens In NYC Oct. 8; In LA Nov. 12

Award-Winning Documentary – Marwencol – Opens In NYC Oct. 8; In LA Nov. 12

“Marwenco”, a documentary film by Jeff Malmberg, and winner of the Grand Jury Award at SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as winner of Best Documentary at Comic-Con and winner of multiple other awards at festivals,  will have its New York theatrical release on Friday, October 8 at the IFC Center.  The film will open in Los Angeles at the Nuart on Friday, November 12.  Other cities will follow. […]

“Breath Made Visible” – Doc. About Dance Legend Anna Halprin

“Breath Made Visible” – Doc. About Dance Legend Anna Halprin

Argot Pictures released in the U.S., BREATH MADE VISIBLE, a documentary film by Ruedi Gerber. For the last seven decades, Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer (who will turn 90 years old in July), has redefined our notions of modern art by exploring one question in her work: What is important in life? The search for that answer has ushered in such revolutionary experimentation in theater, music, and performance that it’s reach extends beyond the arts and into […]

Laurence Fishburne Narrates “Everyday Sunshine”, A Documentary About The Band Fishbone

Laurence Fishburne Narrates “Everyday Sunshine”, A Documentary About The Band Fishbone

“Everyday Sunshine” is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.” Laurence Fishburne narrates “Everyday Sunshine”, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold […]