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Not Bullish On Doc

31 October 2008 8:48 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

There's a lot of bull in "The Matador," a documentary portrait of David Fandila, Spain's 24-year-old superstar bullfighter known to his legions of worshipful fans as El Fandi.

He has the good looks of a rock star, a foxy blond girlfriend he seldom sees, a mother who fawns over him - and the head of a bull hanging in his gaudy living room. (So much for good taste.)

There are many people who consider bullfighting antiquated and barbaric. Directors Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden Seavey, to their credit, give »


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Opening This Week: Brit horror, high school horror and Kevin Smith

27 October 2008 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Halloween week offsets some of the recent nice with a little bit of nasty that duly chucks the blood around. Kevin Smith's also back, along with a culture clash rom-com and an eclectic mix of docs.

"Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father"

As anyone who's seen this documentary as it's collected audience awards on the festival circuit can attest, the less one knows, the better -- but if we must, composer and filmmaker Kurt Kuenne channels his grief over the murder of his best friend Andrew Bagby into a cinematic celebration of Bagby's life so that his son might have something of the father he will never know. Inviting loved ones to share memories and experiences, Kuenne assembles this memorial to his friend's memory while Andrew's parents enter into a bitter custody dispute with their son's murderer, who's out on bail in »

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City Lights in ring with 'Matador'

18 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- City Lights Pictures has nabbed North American rights to the bullfighting documentary "The Matador" on the heels of its 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival premiere.

Director Nina Gilden Seavey tracked David Fandila for three years in his quest to become the world's top matador. The feature captures Fandila in fights across Spain and Latin America.

City Lights plans a fall theatrical release, followed by a DVD release on City Lights Home Entertainment.

Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig brokered the deal on behalf of the producers with City Lights' Mark Ragone and Marcus Lansdell. »

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