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Election Day Documentary ‘11/8/16’ Sets Theatrical, Streaming Release Dates in November

Election Day Documentary ‘11/8/16’ Sets Theatrical, Streaming Release Dates in November
The Orchard will release its Election Day documentary “11/8/16” in theaters Nov. 1, and on-demand and streaming two days later.

The doc features the work of 16 filmmakers who each followed a different story throughout the country during the close of a raucous and unprecedented election cycle.

Intended as a candid portrait of America during an election many thought would bring the country its first female president, the doc follows a cross-section of Americans throughout the day, culminating in the surprise election results. Jeff Deutchman produced and curated the film. It follows his previous documentary, “11/4/08,” which followed supporters of President Barack Obama when he was first elected.

“(’11/8/16′) was an opportunity for people across the world to get a window into the psyche of a wide variety and a diverse group of Americans and what they were thinking that day,” said Paul Davidson, executive V.P. of film and television at the Orchard. “We thought it could be a historic document
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Ghost In The Shell And Boss Baby Take Another Crack At The Box Office Beast -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Two Very Different Movies Look to Divide Up the Weekend Box Office Business

With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continuing to dominate at the box office with $90 million this past weekend, and Saban’s Power Rangers (Lionsgate) also doing exceedingly well with $40 million in second place, you wouldn’t think anyone would try to release a movie that might get overshadowed by those two blockbusters.

That said, what’s interesting about this weekend is the fact there are two very different movies that are competing very heavily for second place with DreamWorks Animation’s latest animated family film, The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox), taking on the live action English remake of Ghost In The Shell (Paramount), starring Scarlett Johansson. In most cases,
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Exclusive: A Family Mystery Unfolds In The Trailer For Documentary ‘Karl Marx City’

Combining family history with a lean, but no less detailed look at Germany’s Stasi past, “Karl Marx City” is a documentary with the qualities of a thriller, and today we have the exclusive trailer for the upcoming film.

Directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, the duo behind “Gunner Palace,” the film explores the possible link Epperlein’s father had with the security state, while also studying Germany’s Cold War era.

Continue reading Exclusive: A Family Mystery Unfolds In The Trailer For Documentary ‘Karl Marx City’ at The Playlist.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Karl Marx City’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Karl Marx City’
Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down, the citizens of Karl Marx City voted overwhelmingly to rechristen their home Chemnitz, the name it had before becoming part of East Germany nearly four decades earlier. Though the industrial hub succeeded in scrubbing nearly every remnant of its communist appellation, one remained: a 40-ton bronze monument of Marx’s head, presiding grimly over its inner city forever. No writer would dare invent such a brazen metaphor, but history has given “Karl Marx City” — a chilling documentary about the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police — the perfect icon for a legacy of oppression. In exploring the mystery of her father’s suicide in 1999, Petra Epperlein returns to her roots in Chemnitz and uncovers meaningful links between his story and the stories of many under Stasi watch. At a time when Edward Snowden’s Nsa disclosures are suggesting a digital surveillance state, “Karl Marx City
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A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)

A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)
Paul Rieckhoff is CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Iava), an Iraq veteran, and the author of “Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective.” He offers his thoughts on Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” in a guest column.

I’ve seen just about every film about the Iraq War ever made. I’ve produced and associate produced a few. I even appeared in one (for about a millisecond). And without a doubt, “American Sniper” is the single best work of film about the Iraq War ever made.

Now, it’s not the most complex film. Not the deepest film. Not even the most provocative. But in terms of storytelling, action, emotion, production and performance, attention to detail and especially the frighteningly accurate soundscape, there’s been nothing else close that’s been made since my platoon entered the war in Iraq
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Bowe Bergdahl and Beyond

The real story behind Bowe Bergdahl is only beginning to unfold. While it may take weeks or months to find out exactly why and how the U.S. soldier may have left his platoon in Afghanistan in 2009 and found himself held captive by the Taliban for five years, Bergdahl’s narrative has renewed long seething debates about America’s foreign entanglements in the Middle East. Was Bergdahl a deserter or hero, a traitor or a Pow? And ultimately, was his reason for being in Afghanistan justified or, to use the military acronym, Fubar (fucked-up beyond all recognition)? American documentary cinema has long embraced this debate, with U.S. soldiers like Bergdahl emerging as some of the most powerful characters in this ongoing national drama. Think of Scott Camil, the traumatized Vietnam vet, in 1972’s Winter Soldier, who testified to the horrifying brutalization and murder of innocent Vietnamese civilians by U.
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CNN's First Commissioned Documentary 'The Flag' Searches for a Missing 9/11 Icon

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"The Flag," which premieres on CNN tonight, September 4th, at 9pm, serves as a softer counterpart to "9/11: The Falling Man," the 2006 documentary Henry Singer made about the search for the identity of the jumper in Richard Drew's iconic image from the World Trade Center. Drew's unforgettable photograph of a man plunging headfirst past rows of windows on a building that would later crumble was initially deemed too troubling when it appeared in news coverage following the attack, and "9/11: The Falling Man," which premiered on UK TV in 2006 before coming to the Us on what's now Investigation Discovery, carried with it that wounded sense of being a quest to seek out the name of someone who died horribly. "The Flag," directed by "Gunner Palace" filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, is centered around an image that people were actually eager to embrace after the tragedy -- one shot by Thomas Franklin,
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Sundance 2013: CNN Films Grabs Scorsese's Roger Ebert Documentary, 2 Others

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Sundance 2013: CNN Films Grabs Scorsese's Roger Ebert Documentary, 2 Others
CNN Films has acquired a documentary about film critic Roger Ebert that's executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian, along with two other documentaries, the company said on Friday. The Ebert documentary, which is based on the film critic's memoir "Life Itself," will be directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams"), and will be produced by Kartemquin Films and Zaillian, along with Garrett Basch's Film Rites. The film will be released theatrically before it airs on CNN next year. A second film, from the directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein ("Gunner Palace"), will
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Morgan Spurlock And Keith Calder Launch Commercials Company Warpaint

Morgan Spurlock And Keith Calder Launch Commercials Company Warpaint
After teaming on the sponsored docu The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has teamed with Keith Calder’s Snoot Entertainment to go with a full-blown commercials production operation. New York, NY (May 7, 2012) – Morgan Spurlock’s New York based production company Warrior Poets has teamed with Keith Calder’s Los Angeles based Snoot Entertainment and 16 year commercial production veteran Shannon Lords to create Warpaint, a commercial production company that will serve as a home for innovative directors who are looking to expand their craft into more diverse and lucrative opportunities. The company will represent a diverse array of both established and emerging directors from a variety of production backgrounds. Warpaint will maintain offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. Warpaint completed its first project in January 2012 with acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky, who directed the upcoming campaign for Revlon featuring Emma Stone and Halle Berry. The company
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We Interview Fightville Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein About the Mma Documentary

If Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker hadn't made "Gunner Palace," their documentary about American soldiers in Iraq, they likely never would have made their new film, "Fightville," which looks at up-and-coming Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) fighters and promoters in Louisiana. What's the connection? The directors didn't even know what Mma was, but the young soldiers they were documenting most certainly did. That put the sport on their radar, which eventually led them to Louisiana and to two young fighters, Dustin Poirier and Albert Stainback, as well as their trainer, Tim Credeur, a Ufc fighter himself, and a local Mma promoter, Gil Guillory, who used to be a professional wrestler. The movie delves into the personal lives of these young men, and captures a number of their fights, too. Poirier, certainly, was a find for the directors, because he has since become a successful Ufc fighter in his own rite. Tucker spoke to Upcoming-Movies.
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We Interview Fightville Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein About the Mma Documentary

If Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker hadn't made "Gunner Palace," their documentary about American soldiers in Iraq, they likely never would have made their new film, "Fightville," which looks at up-and-coming Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) fighters and promoters in Louisiana. What's the connection? The directors didn't even know what Mma was, but the young soldiers they were documenting most certainly did. That put the sport on their radar, which eventually led them to Louisiana and to two young fighters, Dustin Poirier and Albert Stainback, as well as their trainer, Tim Credeur, a Ufc fighter himself, and a local Mma promoter, Gil Guillory, who used to be a professional wrestler. The movie delves into the personal lives of these young men, and captures a number of their fights, too. Poirier, certainly, was a find for the directors, because he has since become a successful Ufc fighter in his own rite. Tucker spoke to Upcoming-Movies.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Review: Fightville

Fightville chronicles two fighters as they grind out bloody local-league fights and train at the gym (in a non-descript strip mall located by the Piggly Wiggley,) both as a way of working out their own personal issues and living the dream of a professional fighter.   A short ways into Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's (Gunner Palace, How to Fold a Flag) Mma documentary, you may find yourself reeling from the plethora of pontification on the sport by way of trainer/Ufc-competitor Tim Credeur.  As he attempts to sculpt two troubled young men into fighters, you get acclimatized to the mythic manner of speaking (the filmmakers are guilty of getting into that game, throwing up title cards quotes from such a diverse collection of individuals - Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bruce...
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Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s doc Fightville Opens in Los Angeles and New York April 20

Directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace, The Prisoner: Or How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair)

Opening In Los Angeles And New York On April 20 And Will Be Available On The Same Day Via On Demand And Digital Download

**SXSW Film Festival 2011 (Official Selection) **

Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon. Mma has eclipsed boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world, and is so popular that Mma fights regularly appear on U.S. network television – even as a longstanding ban remains in force in New York State. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion.

Directed by the
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It's Time That We Rethink How We Rate Movies

When I first heard that the Weinstein Company had lost its appeal to overturn the R rating that the MPAA had given to Lee Hirsch's film Bully, I was taken back to 2005 when we opted for an appeal for our Iraq War film Gunner Palace after it also received an R for language. At the time, the war was raging in Iraq, young people were dying every day, coverage of the war was in decline and we thought it was imperative that high school students have access -- unrestricted -- to a film that could help them relate to the conflict. An R rating would make that impossible, not just in the immediate, but also in the future, because few school districts purchase R rated films for their libraries. So, I flew out to Hollywood with Andy Robbins who ran marketing for our distributor and screened the movie for
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Fightville Trailer: A Documentary About Mma Fighting

There has been no shortage of Mma documentaries released over the past few years, which only makes sense considering the current popularity of the sport. However, up until now, there has not been a single, definitive doc on the subject. Probably the highest profile one was John Hyams' The Smashing Machine, which focused on Mark Kerr, but that was released back in 2002 and things have changed quite a bit over the last decade. Now directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace) are throwing their hats into the octagon with a new film called Fightville. The movie follows two fighters working their way up to the Ufc, along with a trainer and a promoter. One of the fighters, Dustin Poirier, is now pretty well-known to fans around the world, and the movie happens to capture his rise to fame. From what I've heard, the movie takes an even-handed approach
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Weinstein Protests R Rating Of 'Bully' Documentary

Weinstein Protests R Rating Of 'Bully' Documentary
New York — Fresh off his Oscar glory with "The Artist," there's no silence for Harvey Weinstein when it comes to his next film.

The famously bellicose producer is protesting the R rating received by a documentary his Weinstein Co. is releasing. "Bully," directed by Lee Hirsch, is an examination of school bullying that follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.

It received the rating, which restricts kids under the age of 17 from seeing it without an accompanying adult, because of six expletives. Weinstein claims such a rating restricts the very audience the film can most benefit: high school teens.

The Weinstein Co. appealed the decision, but the Motion Picture Association of America, which oversees movie ratings, declined to lower the rating to a PG-13.

"I find it outrageous," says Weinstein, who has long been renowned for his combativeness. "This is, on a personal level because of my own temper,
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Fightville Movie Trailer

Trailer for Fightville directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker of Gunner Palace. This is right up my alley, being a big Mma and boxing fan. I'll be keen to give this a watch on its release on April 20th. Pic is set to find theatres in Los Angeles and New York and Los Angeles, available the same day via on demand and digital download, and rolls out nationwide with dates to be announced. Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon. Mma has eclipsed boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world, and is so popular that Mma fights regularly appear on U.S. network television – even as a longstanding ban remains in force in New York State. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Fightville Movie Trailer

Trailer for Fightville directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker of Gunner Palace. This is right up my alley, being a big Mma and boxing fan. I'll be keen to give this a watch on its release on April 20th. Pic is set to find theatres in Los Angeles and New York and Los Angeles, available the same day via on demand and digital download, and rolls out nationwide with dates to be announced. Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon. Mma has eclipsed boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world, and is so popular that Mma fights regularly appear on U.S. network television – even as a longstanding ban remains in force in New York State. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream.

Fightville Movie Trailer

Trailer for Fightville directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker of Gunner Palace. This is right up my alley, being a big Mma and boxing fan. I'll be keen to give this a watch on its release on April 20th. Pic is set to find theatres in Los Angeles and New York and Los Angeles, available the same day via on demand and digital download, and rolls out nationwide with dates to be announced. Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (Mma) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon. Mma has eclipsed boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world, and is so popular that Mma fights regularly appear on U.S. network television – even as a longstanding ban remains in force in New York State. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »
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