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IFC makes new business with docus

12 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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. »

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Sundance sets award jurors

17 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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). »

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