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February 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that they have picked up the documentary “After Tiller” for distribution in North America. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the film is an intimate, close look at the four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. Oscilloscope announced plans for a nationwide release followed by VOD, digital and home video platforms. The film recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will soon screen at the doc-oriented True/False Film Festival.  In a statement, the filmmakers said, “We made 'After Tiller' to shed more light, rather than more heat, on this issue, and know that Oscilloscope's smart, sensitive approach will get it out to the widest audience possible.” Oscilloscope announced earlier this week that it had acquired the drama “A Teacher,” which also premiered at Sundance.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
On Monday, we brought you news that Dave Grohl's filmmaking debut, "Sound City," would premiere next month at Sundance. Now, the Foo Fighters frontman has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming documentary, which is named after the film's subject: a grungy Van Nuys recording studio where Grohl's old band Nirvana (among many other acts) created some of its best-known music . The trailer boasts an abundance of famous rockers -- including Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin and two dudes from Ratt -- opining on Sound City's incomparable vibe.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Academy Awards' documentary short subject category is often one of the trickier Oscar races to predict. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist narrowing the field of contenders down to eight films. That should allow office pollsters and prognosticators to get a jump on the race. Three to five films will be announced as the final nominees along with all the other Oscar nominations on Jan. 16, 2014. OSCARS 2014: Full coverage In alphabetical order, with their production companies, the eight films are: “CaveDigger,” Karoffilms “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions “Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films “Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed Entertainment “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Prison Terminal “Recollections,” Notrac productions “SLOMO,” Big Young Films and Runaway Films Malcolm Clarke, director of "The Lady in Number 6," won in the same category in 1989 for "You Don't Have to Die. " The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2. ALSO: A record 76 foreign-language Oscar submissions 'Wadjda' first Saudi entry for foreign language race With 'Wadjda' director makes her mark in Saudi cinema Follow Mark Olsen on Twitter: @IndieFocus
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Spitfire Pictures, the documentary film production arm of Exclusive Media, is teaming up with the Southern California start-up Tongal to crowd-source a new movie. Tongal is best known for linking its community of film directors and writers with brands such as McDonald's and Pringles to make commercials. Through its partnership with Spitfire -- the company behind the football film "Undefeated" and the Martin Scorsese-directed Bob Dylan documentary "No Direction Home" -- Tongal is entering the full-length film space.  SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “We always knew that we had people from all over the world and that documentary would be a good way to pull good stories from anyone and anywhere," said James De Julio, Tongal's co-founder and chief product officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Susan King
Sixty years ago, maverick director Samuel Fuller won the Bronze Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival for his gritty film noir “Pickup on South Street” with Richard Widmark and Thelma Ritter. Now, six decades later, Samantha Fuller, the filmmaker's only child, is premiering “A Fuller Life,” a personal documentary on her late father at the festival Sunday in the Venice Classics section. Samuel Fuller, who died in 1997 at the age of 85, certainly had a full and colorful life.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Lady Gaga and famed photographer Terry Richardson are teaming up to make a documentary about her life and the making of her forthcoming album "Artpop," she said in a Christmas tweet. [Styleite] Also busy tweeting over Christmas was Jessica Simpson, who confirmed that, seven months after having a baby girl, she is pregnant again. It won't affect her gig as a Weight Watchers' spokeswoman, apparently, though she won't be dieting again until after the baby is born. [The Cut] The wetsuit that allows surfers to catch waves in frigid Pacific waters no matter the season was invented 60 years ago in California and has now grown into a $100 million a year industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By John Horn
The anti-President Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America," is off to a strong start in its first weekend of national release and could gross more than $6 million between Friday and Sunday, placing it far ahead of the new horror movie "The Apparition" and in a virtual dead heat with the new action comedy "Hit & Run. " Preliminary box office estimates show that "Obama's America," which is based on conservative author  Dinesh D'Souza's book...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Directors Guild of America nominated two female documentarians, Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), among three male directors for outstanding directorial achievement in documentaries for 2012. Both women were left off the Academy Awards' nomination list for feature documentaries. Greenfield, whose film about a billionaire couple who lose it all in the real estate crisis, and Klayman, who explores Chinese artist and activist Ai, will compete against Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By John Horn
PARK CITY, Utah -- Mitt Romney may have a home in Park City, but he's not the kind of person you'd expect to attend a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, whose programming leans liberal, particularly among the documentaries. But the former presidential candidate dropped in to the first Sundance screening of “Mitt,” an unusually candid and largely flattering look at Romney shot over the course of his two presidential campaigns. Filmmaker Greg Whitely was given entree to Romney and his family, yet shut out from the campaign strategy meetings that are the staple of movies, books and articles about the political process.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei may be still under house arrest by Chinese authorities, but the march toward the film documenting his art and actions continues. A Sundance Jury Prize-winner at this year's festival, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" opens in New York on July 27, and a recently released trailer showcases the movie's mix of fly-on-the-wall storytelling and talking head interviews under the direction of freelance journalist and first-time filmmaker Alison Klayman. The trailer opens on a viral-video-friendly note in featuring one of the artist's cats pulling off the exceptional trick of opening a closed door.
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