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'Rebel Music,' a New Documentary Series Produced by Shepard Fairey, to Debut on Mtvu

'Rebel Music,' a New Documentary Series Produced by Shepard Fairey, to Debut on Mtvu
MTV World announced today that it will premiere "Rebel Music," a new documentary series about musicians and artists in areas of conflict, on Mtvu at 9 Pm Est, Monday, November 18th. The 30-minute, six-episode run will examine groups of young people who use art as a tool to spark change in countries around the globe. The series was created and executive produced by Nusrat Durrani, Senior Vice President/General Manager of MTV World, and executive produced by acclaimed artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who also created the visual identity for “Rebel Music.” "'Rebel Music' mirrors the approach and philosophy I've embraced throughout my entire career -- art as a catalyst for social change. MTV World has the ability to reach and give voices to young people around the world on a scale unlike a lot of other platforms, and it's something to applaud,” said Fairey. Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman, co-director
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'Rebel Music,' a New Documentary Series Produced by Shepard Fairey, to Debut on Mtvu

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'Rebel Music,' a New Documentary Series Produced by Shepard Fairey, to Debut on Mtvu
MTV World announced today that it will premiere "Rebel Music," a new documentary series about musicians and artists in areas of conflict, on Mtvu at 9 Pm Est, Monday, November 18th. The 30-minute, six-episode run will examine groups of young people who use art as a tool to spark change in countries around the globe. The series was created and executive produced by Nusrat Durrani, Senior Vice President/General Manager of MTV World, and executive produced by acclaimed artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who also created the visual identity for “Rebel Music.” "'Rebel Music' mirrors the approach and philosophy I've embraced throughout my entire career -- art as a catalyst for social change. MTV World has the ability to reach and give voices to young people around the world on a scale unlike a lot of other platforms, and it's something to applaud,” said Fairey. Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman, co-director
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Next to Exit Sundance

As of April 30, 2009 Ken Brecher will no longer be Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, it was announced by Wally Weisman, Chair of the Board of the Sundance Institute. For the next two years he will be a strategic advisor for the Institute. Since beginning in 1996, the Institute's core programs have been guided by him. The Feature Film Program began its work in the Middle East supporting regional film artists, and the Documentary Fund has been established in more than 50 countries, supporting such films as Born into Brothels, Iraq in Fragments and Trouble the Water. A search for a replacement will begin in the next few months.

IFC makes new business with docus

IFC makes new business with docus
Documentary films have become the new calling cards. Indie theatrical distributors like ThinkFilm have used documentaries as different as Born Into Brothels and Murderball to carve out a distinct niche in the marketplace. HBO has long used a mix of politically engaged work from filmmakers like Barbara Kopple and Rory Kennedy as well as sexually titillating titles in its America Undercover series to boost its profile. Even former vice president Al Gore is getting into the act, using the upcoming An Inconvenient Truth, which will be released by Paramount's specialty film division in May, to advance his campaign against global warming. Suddenly, docus are hot on the Independent Film Channel as well. About 18 months ago, IFC, which had been producing original documentaries that appeared as specials twice a year on the cable channel, decided to increase its output by developing an ongoing slate of original docus.

Sundance sets award jurors

Sundance sets award jurors
The Sundance Institute has announced the members of the competition juries for the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Thursday through Jan. 29. The dramatic competition jury includes Terrence Howard, the star of last year's festival hit Hustle & Flow, filmmakers Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Alan Rudolph (The Moderns) and Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun), and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber (November). On the documentary competition jury are editor Joe Bini (Grizzly Man) and filmmakers Zana Briski (Born Into Brothels), Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans), Alexander Payne (Sideways) and Heather Rae (Trudell).

ThinkFilm, HBO pick up 'Favela'

ThinkFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointly acquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's documentary Favela Rising. ThinkFilm, the New York-based indie distributor, and HBO, the Time Warner cable service, previously collaborated on the distribution of the Oscar-nominated docu Spellbound and the Oscar-winning docu Born into Brothels. Favela, which had its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the best new documentary filmmaker prize, has just been short-listed for two International Documentary Assn. awards, competing for the best feature prize as well as the Pare Lorentz Award honoring activism and lyrical vision.

DGA nominates 5 docus' helmers

The DGA named the nominees Wednesday for its documentary filmmaker award, a field that includes the most profitable docu ever, Fahrenheit 9/11. The nominees were Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni for The Story of the Weeping Camel; Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski for Born Into Brothels; Ross McElwee for Bright Leaves; Michael Moore for Fahrenheit 9/11; and Jehane Noujaim for Control Room. All but Noujaim are first-time nominees for this award. It was Noujaim's second nomination; she won the award in 2001 for Startup.com. The winner will be announced Jan. 29 at the 57th annual DGA Awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

L.A. Film Critics Toast Sideways

L.A. Film Critics Toast Sideways
Was it all that wine? Drunk on something, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association toasted Sideways with five awards, including Best Film and Best Director. In addition to those honors, the indie comedy swept the supporting acting awards (for Thomas Haden Church, who picks up his second award this season, and Virginia Madsen) and gave its screenplay award to director Alexander Payne and his longtime co-writer Jim Taylor. The critics group went all serious, however, for its lead acting honors, citing Liam Neeson (Kinsey), who bested Sideways' Paul Giamatti, and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) for Best Actor and Actress. Other winners included House of Flying Daggers (Foreign Language Film), Born Into Brothels (Documentary/Nonfiction Film), and The Incredibles (Animated Film and Score). Here's the entire list of winners:

Best Film: Sideways

Best Actor: Liam Neeson, Kinsey

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Best Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways

Best Foreign-Language Film: House of Flying Daggers

Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film: Born into Brothels

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti, The Aviator

Best Animation: Brad Bird, The Incredibles

Best Cinematography: Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron, Collateral

Career Achievement: Jerry Lewis

New Generation Award: Joshua Marston, writer and director of Maria Full of Grace

Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video: Star-Spangled to Death, Ken Jacobs

Special Citation: Brian Jamieson of Warner Brothers and Richard Schickel for the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's 1980 The Big Red One

Finding Neverland Named Best Picture by National Board of Review

Finding Neverland Named Best Picture by National Board of Review
Clap if you believe in movie awards! This year's awards season got underway today with the National Board of Review's announcement of Finding Neverland as their choice for Best Film. However, it was the only award that the J.M. Barrie biopic picked up, as the erstwhile awards group, made up of film historians, students and educators, spread the wealth around generously, giving just one award to all movies except Sideways, which nabbed the Adapted Screenplay award and a Supporting Actor nod for Thomas Haden Church. Oscar shoo-in Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for Ray (the first of many such awards, no doubt), while Annette Bening was named Best Actress for Being Julia; Supporting Actress honors went to Laura Linney (Kinsey), and Closer won the group's ensemble acting award. In the directing categories, Michael Mann was named Best Director for Collateral, and Zach Braff won the Directorial Debut award for Garden State; the very original Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind picked up the Original Screenplay award. Other winners included The Sea Inside (Foreign Film), Born Into Brothels (Documentary), and The Incredibles (Animated Film). Interestingly, two of the year's most polarizing movies, The Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11, both received the awkwardly-worded honor of "Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression," along with Conspiracy of Silence.

In addition to their year-end awards, the National Board of Review also names a top ten list for the year, led by their winner for Best Film. This year's list is (in order): Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral, and Hotel Rwanda.

The full list of the 2004 National Board of Review awards:

Best Film: Finding Neverland

Best Foreign Language Film : The Sea Inside

Best Documentary : Born into Brothels

Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray

Best Actress : Annette Bening, Being Julia

Best Supporting Actor : Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress : Laura Linney, Kinsey

Best Acting by an Ensemble : Closer

Breakthrough Performance Actor : Topher Grace, In Good Company and P.S.

Breakthrough Performance Actress : Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera

Best Director : Michael Mann, Collateral

Best Directorial Debut : Zach Braff, Garden State

Best Adapted Screenplay : Sideways , Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Best Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Outstanding Production Design : House of Flying Daggers

Career Achievement : Jeff Bridges

Special Filmmaking Achievement: Clint Eastwood, for producing, directing, acting, and composing the score of Million Dollar Baby

William K. Everson Award for Film History : Richard Schickel

Producers Award: Jerry Bruckheimer

Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression : Fahrenheit 9/11, The Passion of the Christ, Conspiracy of Silence

ThinkFilm visits 'Brothels' docu

ThinkFilm visits 'Brothels' docu
NEW YORK -- Indie banner ThinkFilm has acquired North American rights to Born Into Brothels, the feature by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski that won the documentary audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company also has sealed a series of long-simmering deals on a spate of other indie docu titles, including Matt Mahurin's I Like Killing Flies, Vikram Jayanti's Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perrenou's Genesis and Barry Avrich's The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman. Brothels -- a look at children growing up around prostitution in squalid Calcutta, India -- is being released in association with HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films in New York on Dec. 8, with a national expansion planned next year.

17 films set for IDA screenings

17 films set for IDA screenings
The International Documentary Assn. has chosen 17 films for the eighth annual InFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase. These include Z Channel -- A Magnificent Obsession, Born Into Brothels, The Conscientious Objector, The Future of Food, In the Realms of the Unreal, Let the Church Say Amen, Repatriation, This Ain't No Heartland and a selection of short films. Since the showcase's inception seven years ago, 13 films featured there have been nominated for Academy Awards. This year's InFACT screenings run Aug. 20-26 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.

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