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Carey Mulligan is set to star in war correspondent movie On the Other Side

Carey Mulligan is attached to star in a war correspondent film titled On the Other Side.

The newly rebranded studio First Look Media is co-producing the project, with the movie telling the true story of Kate Webb, a war correspondent held captive during the Vietnam War.

Mulligan is also on board as a producer for the picture, joining the likes of Margot Hand of Picture Films, and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions.

“As one of the few women reporters to cover the Vietnam War, Kate Webb endured and ultimately survived the most harrowing experiences a war correspondent could ever face,” said the president of First Look Media, Michael Bloom. “In a time where journalism is being tested today, we’re excited that Carey will portray this fearless woman and look forward to partnering with her, Margot and Edet to bring this incredible story to life.”

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Carey Mulligan to Topline and Produce Film About Vietnam War Reporter Kate Webb

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Carey Mulligan has booked her next role. The Oscar-nominated actress will topline “On the Other Side,” a drama about the experiences of real-life Vietnam war correspondent Kate Webb. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mulligan is also set to produce the film, which will begin production in spring 2018.

“On the Other Side” will see Mulligan portray Webb, “a trailblazing journalist for Upi [United Press International] who would pave the way for all the female war correspondents that came after her,” THR details. The film is based on Webb’s book “On the Other Side: 23 Days with the Vietcong,” an autobiographical account of the three weeks she was held in captivity.

Topic, a First Look Media entertainment studio, will co-produce and finance the film. Also producing are Picture FilmsMargot Hand (Reed Morano’s “Meadowland”) and Ebm Productions’ Edet Belzberg (“Children Underground”). Annie Marter and Adam Pincus are overseeing the project for Topic. No word on a writer or director yet.

“I’m so excited to bring Kate Webb’s remarkable story to the screen,” Mulligan said in a statement. “Her integrity, curiosity about the unknown, and tenacity set her apart from many other journalists of her time and ultimately saved her life. In a world of increasing division, I can’t think of a more relevant character to portray today — someone who’s very survival depended on her desire to understand the other side of the story, to obtain the truth, and to report it faithfully.”

Mulligan’s breakout project was Lone Scherfig’s “An Education,” in which she played Jenny Mellor, an intelligent but naive student embarking on an affair with an older man. The actress received an Academy Award nod and a BAFTA award for the role. Her recent credits include Sarah Gavron’s women’s rights drama “Suffragette,” “Far From the Madding Crowd,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

You can catch Mulligan next in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” which follows two families — one black, one white — in the post-wwii South. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where Netflix acquired it for $12.5 million. It is expected to hit theaters this fall. Mulligan will also star as Di Kip Glaspie in “Collateral,” a BBC miniseries helmed by S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones”), currently in pre-production.

“When will [the film industry] catch up with the fact that [women-centric] films do well? It’s just like what Cate Blanchett said at the Oscars. The hunger for female-driven stories is there. You just have to make the films,” Mulligan told Women and Hollywood while promoting “Suffragette” in 2015. “This shock over how these films do so well is a bit tired now. Jennifer Lawrence can open movies like any male star.”

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Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’

Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’
First Look Media’s newly branded entertainment studio has come on board to co-produce and finance “On the Other Side” with Carey Mulligan attached to star.

The pic tells the true story of Kate Webb, the war correspondent who was held in captivity during the Vietnam War.

Mulligan will also produce the film, alongside Margot Hand of Picture Films and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions. First Look Media’s Adam Pincus, executive vice president of programming and content, and Annie Marter, senior vice president of narrative film, will oversee for Topic.

“As one of the few women reporters to cover the Vietnam War, Kate Webb endured and ultimately survived the most harrowing experiences a war correspondent could ever face,” said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. “In a time where journalism is being tested today, we’re excited that Carey will portray this fearless woman and look forward to partnering with her,
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Carey Mulligan To Play War Correspondent Kate Webb In ‘On The Other Side’

Carey Mulligan To Play War Correspondent Kate Webb In ‘On The Other Side’
One of the most interesting stories to come out of the Vietnam War is heading to the big screen. Carey Mulligan has been set to star in and produce On The Other Side, a film that will center on Kate Webb, the female war correspondent who was held in captivity for 23 days by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. First Look Media’s entertainment studio Topic will finance the movie and co-produce with Margot Hand of Picture Films and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions. A…
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Carey Mulligan to produce, star in 'On The Other Side'

Vietnam War-era film set to begin production in spring 2018.

Topic, the content studio owned by First Look Media, announced on Thursday that it will co-produce and finance On The Other Side.

Carey Mulligan will star in and produce the film, alongside producers Margot Hand of Picture Films and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions.

First Look Media’s executive vice-president of programming and content Adam Pincus and senior vice-president of narrative film Annie Marter will oversee for Topic.

Based on the book On The Other Side: 23 Days With The Vietcong, On The Other Side centres on Kate Webb, the female war correspondent who was held in captivity during the Vietnam War. The journalist survived fierce battles and 23 days of captivity in the jungles of Cambodia.

Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA for her break out role in An Education. She has gone on to star in films including The Great Gatsby, Drive, and Inside Llewyn Davis
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Celebrating the network by Anne-Katrin Titze

Mark Whitaker, Ken Burns, Marina Goldman and Matthew Justus with Artemis Joukowsky Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Le Cirque lunch hosted by Dan Abrams, Kerry Kennedy, Lawrence O’Donnell and producers Dan Cogan (Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt's Havana Motor Club; Edet Belzberg's Watchers Of The Sky, featuring Luis Moreno Ocampo), Geralyn Dreyfous (Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Land Ho!; Kirby Dick's The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground) and Judith Helfand (Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller) for Defying The Nazis: The Sharps' War, I spoke with the directors, Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

Ken Burns with Artemis Joukowsky: "And this is a feminist tale as well! From the very beginning, she has defied her parents, she has defied her husband, she has defied the Nazis." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Marina Goldman, who gives her voice to Martha Sharp, let me know that she never got to meet Tom Hanks,
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2015 True/False Film Fest: “Something Better To Come” on Day 1

It must be said how nice it is to be free of the bone chilling cold which I’ve been enduring these last few months back in Buffalo. Stepping onto the tarmac in 30 degree weather after touching down in Columbia, Mo last night was sadly a mild improvement, but today, with all the sunshine and contagiously good spirits that are pervading the small college town streets that play host to True/False Film Festival, my frozen heart has been gratefully thawed. And let’s not forget the films, bands and food that have been making my stay thus far quite a delight. I was greeted bright and early by one of the many lovely Q queens that help keep the reasonable, yet respectable lines that file through alleys and indoor corridors in order, plus that keyboard key covered Buffalo sculpture stationed in the lobby of The Globe made me feel right at home.
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Review: Watchers Of The Sky, How To Fight Genocide

Raphael. Ben. Samantha. Luis. Emmanuel. All are ordinary names for ordinary people who have one thing in common: an extraordinary desire to stop genocide. As explored in Edet Belzberg's documentary Watchers of the Sky, all five individuals recognized that a single individual cannot stop the systematic murder of large groups of people due to their race, ethnicity, nationality, or religious belief. Yet they have all been compelled to do something. And they all share the conviction that genocide can be stopped, even as they acknowledge that it (probably) won't be within their lifetime. Genocide has existed for centuries but it wasn't defined as such until the 20th century. The foundation was laid by Raphael Lemkin, born in 1900, who survived atrocities at a young age....

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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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‘Watchers,’ ‘Song’ and ‘Overnighters’ at Mar del Plata’s Docu Sidebar

‘Watchers,’ ‘Song’ and ‘Overnighters’ at Mar del Plata’s Docu Sidebar
Edet Belzberg’s “Watchers of the Sky,” Ayat Najafi’s “No Land’s Song” and Jesse Moss’ “The Overnighters” are among 18 titles screening at Mar del Plata Festival’s Documentary Window section, which this year put the focus on political cinema.

A classic, non-competitive sidebar, Documentary Window offers the opportunity of enjoying in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata recent worldwide docu features, often recognized at international high-profile festivals.

Released October Stateside by Music Box after winning Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and Editing Award, “Watchers of the Sky” attempts to understand the existence of genocides in different parts of the world, examining the life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.

“Watchers’” helmer, Los Angeles-born Edet Belzberg, already snagged in 2001 an Oscar nomination and another Sundance Special Jury Prize for homeless Romanian children docu “Children Underground.”

Three titles showcasing at
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Mar del Plata Fest Mixes Auteurs, New Talent, Looks to Build Industry Heft

Some things don’t change. Graced by Viggo Mortensen and Paul Schrader, the International Competition jury prexy, Argentina’s 29th Mar del Plata Festival will bow Nov. 22 with Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”

Its choice as Mar del Plata’s opening night movie is pretty well a declaration of principles that Latin America’s only “A” grade festival will go on through thick and thin – and, with only 29 editions in 60 years, there’s been much of both – to forefront latest titles from and here even about heavyweight auteurs.

That is not necessary If Variety’s reviewers are to go by, 2014 in general has caught some of the great auteurs in world cinema at the top of their game. If Cannes Festival sales had any narrative this year, it was how fast its big art film winners sold – think “Leviathan,” “Winter Sleep” – compared to bigger budget U.S. indie projects.

Adding cache
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Luis Moreno Ocampo on pursuing justice by Anne-Katrin Titze

Luis Moreno Ocampo told Anne-Katrin Titze that Watchers Of The Sky director Edet Belzberg and Us Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power are the "new Raphael Lemkins." Photo: Susan Norget

Luis Moreno Ocampo was appointed the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague in 2003. During his nine-year term he was responsible for "investigating and prosecuting massive atrocities" and gathering evidence to build a consensus with the member States in order to "enforce the rules".

In New York, a relaxed Luis Moreno Ocampo told me about the day Raphael Lemkin came into his life, the insight Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz gave him, the need for a protocol in the global system, why Star Wars is incredibly smart and how much he enjoys Woody Allen, Visconti and the Coen brothers.

Luis Moreno Ocampo prosecuting at the Argentine 1987 Junta trials: "I had 1600 suspects. I cannot do a case
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Berlin: Sundance Winner ‘Watchers of the Sky’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Berlin: Sundance Winner ‘Watchers of the Sky’ Gets U.S. Distribution
Music Box Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “Watchers of the Sky,” which won a special jury prize and an editing trophy at Sundance.

Submarine Entertainment and CAA announced the deal at Berlin. Submarine has also sold all Canadian rights to Films We Like; all rights in Australia and New Zealand to Madman Entertainment; all pan-Scandinavian rights to NonStop Entertainment Ab; and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Music Box Films will open the film theatrically later this year and will qualify the film for Academy Award consideration.

Watchers of the Sky” was produced by Propeller Films and directed and produced by Edet Belzberg. Amelia Green-Dove and Kerry Propper are the producers.

The film interweaves four stories about mass ethnic and political exterminations of the last century and beyond, using the framing device of the career of lawyer-turned-human-rights advocate Raphael Lemkin.

Dennis Harvey gave the film a positive review at Sundance,
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Music Box Films Acquires Sundance Doc 'Watchers of the Sky'

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Submarine Entertainment just sold the rights for "Watchers of the Sky" to Music Box Films. Edet Belzberg's documentary about the life of lawyer Raphael Lemkin premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Belzberg stated, "I'm honored to have such notable partners to help bring the film's important story of courage and perseverance to audiences around the world." "'Watchers of the Sky' is... a story replete with ticking clocks, heinous villains, the collusion of apathy, intrepid heroes, provisional victories and ultimately a clear-eyed but hopeful sense of human progress" said Ed Arentz and William Schopf of Music Box Films. "These narrative threads are brilliantly orchestrated by Edet Belzberg and we expect Us audiences, including Academy voters, to be as rapt and moved as we were." Upcoming titles from Music Box Films include Roger Michell's "Le Week-end" starring Jim Broadbent, and five-time Academy Award nominee Jan Troell’s "The Last Sentence.
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Efm deals round-up: Java boards Emptying The Skies

Efm deals round-up: Java boards Emptying The Skies
Updated: Deals from Java Films, Zodiak, Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Slingshot Films, Rise and Shine, House of Film.

Java flies with Emptying The Skies

Java Films has acquired world rights to Emptying The Skies, Douglass Kass’s feature documentary about migratory song birds. The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, Head of Acquisitions for Java Films. Submarine has also sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and Worldwide Airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Music Box acquires Watcher Of The Sky

Music Box Films has struck a deal with CAA and Submarine for Us rights to Propeller Films’ Watchers Of The Sky. Submarine licensed Canadian rights to Films We Like, Australia and New Zealand to Madman, pan-Scandinavia to NonStop Entertainment and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution. Edet Belzberg directed the story about Raphael Lemkin, who coined
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Sundance review roundup from The Fien Print

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Sundance review roundup from The Fien Print
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies.    I wrote full reviews for 13 of them.    My Full Sundance reviews: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' "The Overnighters" "Rudderless" "Fed Up" "Marmato" "Love Child" "Land Ho!" "The Voices" "Happy Valley" "My Prairie Home" "Life Itself" "Mitt" "Web Junkie"   But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs.   Sorry.   Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Watchers of the Sky’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Watchers of the Sky’
Given a well-deserved editing award at Sundance for juggling a daunting number of principal threads and themes in cogent fashion, Edet Belzberg’s “Watchers of the Sky” casts a wide net over mass ethnic and political exterminations of the last century and beyond. Its framing device is the career of lawyer-turned-human-rights advocate Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide” and spent most of his life trying to convince the international community to specially prosecute such crimes against humanity; his work is paralleled by that of four modern-day champions of justice in an era when such murderous “cleansings” seem increasingly frequent. Docu should travel widely on the fest circuit and appeal to home-format programmers open to hefty, demanding but highly rewarding work in the political/social-justice realm.

Lemkin was born in what is now Belarus, his Jewish family having survived several pogroms; later he would be unable to convince his parents to flee Nazi-occupied Poland,
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Sundance Review: 'Watchers of the Sky' Explores the Challenge of Chronicling Genocide

"We can’t try everybody who’s guilty of wrongdoing," admits Ben Ferencz at one point during Edet Belzberg's "Watchers of the Sky," a sobering statement from one of the Chief Prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials following World War II. A reminder of the scope of humanity's flaws, it also concisely encapsulates the enormous task faced by anyone trying to come up with a comprehensive look at genocide. By bringing in perspectives from the media, activists, historians and the refugees themselves, Belzberg presents a view of modern challenges in combating genocide that, while not entirely thorough, is a sobering reminder of the difficulty of those efforts. "Watchers of the Sky" follows the origins, stories and lessons of five periods of genocide in recent global history: Armenia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and the rise of the Third Reich. With representative voices for each period, from those who covered it to those who survived it,
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Sundance 2014 Has Rare Double Winner; Jolie Executive-Produced Film Wins Top Award

Whiplash’: Sundance Film Festival Awards’ rare double winner (photo: Miles Teller in ‘Whiplash’) Directed by Damien Chazelle — and acquired for domestic distribution by Sony Pictures ClassicsWhiplash won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The story of a young, ambitious 19-year-old drummer (played by 26-year-old Miles Teller) under the tutelage of a ruthless teacher (J.K. Simmons), Whiplash also features Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, and Damon Gupton. Whiplash‘s double Sundance Film Festival win is quite rare. Previous such instances in Sundance’s three-decade history include Tony Bui’s Three Seasons in 1999, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Quinceañera in 2006, Lee DanielsPrecious in 2009, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station last year. Of these, Precious is — somewhat surprisingly — the only Sundance double winner to have succeeded both at the domestic box office and during awards season,
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Sundance: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Prizes

Sundance: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Prizes
Park City, Utah — “Whiplash,” writer-director Damien Chazelle’s electrifying drama starring Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer and J.K. Simmons as his drill sergeant-like music teacher, won the grand jury prize and the audience award for U.S. dramatic features on Saturday night at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.

Coming on the heels of last year’s double-fisted win for “Fruitvale Station” (then titled “Fruitvale”), the triumph of “Whiplash” marks the second year in a row that the top two prizes for an American narrative feature have gone to the same film.

Acquired for distribution by Sony Classics, “Whiplash” proved an early critical favorite, screening to a strong reception on the first night of the festival and immediately setting a high bar for what was generally agreed to be a middling dramatic competition. The film began its winning ways at last year’s Sundance fest, where Chazelle’s
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