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Guest Of Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman and Paul H-o (that's what he calls himself) seem like unlikely lovers.

She is a respected artist and film director (the comic thriller "Office Killer" in 1997), cute and intelligent. He's a hanger-on who hosted a public-access art show on cable.

For H-o, it was love at first sight. For Sherman, it took a while. But they eventually had an affair.

Now H-o and co-director Tom Donahue have made "Guest of Cindy Sherman," H-o's account of his relationship with New Jersey-born Sherman, who is known for her conceptual self-portraits.
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Film: Review: Guest Of Cindy Sherman

During the opening credits of Guest Of Cindy Sherman, an unidentified voice explains the entire documentary, saying, “She’s famous for doing photographs of women who don’t have an identity—it’s all surface—and he gets together with the women who does those photos and loses his identity. So what can he do to get his identity back?” The “she” in question is Cindy Sherman, a reclusive photographer renowned for examining images of women in the media; the “he” is Paul Hasegawa-Overacker (a.k.a. Paul H-o), a middling sculptor who made himself a semi-celebrity in the ’90s ...
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Interview: Guest Of Cindy Sherman Director Tom Donahue

The new documentary Guest of Cindy Sherman takes a subject as strange and imposing as New York's art world, and puts it in a context pretty much anyone can understand: a love story. The poster for the movie, at right, says everything you need to know. This is a story about a man, Paul H-o, and a woman, Cindy Sherman, whose fame was so great when they met that her shadow swallowed him up entirely. But that wasn't the movie that Tom Donahue started to make when he met Paul H-o in 2003, and the two of them began to collaborate and tell a story about what it's like to perpetually be the "plus-one" to your more famous significant other. Sherman had been a famous visual artist since the mid-80s, known for photographing herself in costumes that rendered her unrecognizable, but as a recognizable type of woman. When Paul met
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Recent US Acquisitions

For a market that is supposed to be flat, there are a number of U.S. film acquisitions made in the month of March, not to mention February. If there's no money, are these companies acquiring them for no mgs? The films are also holding up surprisingly well in theaters which bodes well for future sales of independent films into the coming year. Rumblings from venture capital waiting in the wings to begin investing again are also heard. I predict 2010 will be the year of the turnaround when the buying cycle begins again. Meanwhile there are some bargains to be had. Also notable are the key festivals where these films have all shown.

Amreeka was acquired by National Geographic and will open New Directors/ New Films. It showed as a work in progress at the Dubai Film Festival and went from there to its world premiere at Sundance. William Morris Independent brokered the deal on behalf of E1 Entertainment which has acquired Charlotte Mickie's and Robert Lantos' Maximum as well as U.K. distribtution company Contender all of which are very notable moves in the industry.

Afghan Star which showed at IDFA went to ZeitgeistZeitgeist[/link] for U.S. It was the Sundance World Doc winner of both Best Director and Audience Awards. Earlier this month they acquired Three Monkeys from the bankrupt New Yorker whose auction earlier this month found no takers. So its catalog still resides with its creditor Technicolor.

Nowhere Boy went to The Weinstein Co. for U.S., Latin America and German speaking territories from Hanway.

The Greatest went to Senator for North America who saw it at Sundance. It was repped by Graham Taylor of Endeavor and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Paranoids went to Oscilloscope from Visit Films for North America just before its SXSW premiere. The Toronto and Berlin film of Fortissimo, Unmistaken Child, went earlier to Oscilloscope for North America. Earlier in the month Oscilloscope acquired Burma VJ and The Garden.

B-Side acquired its first film for U.S., RiP: A Remix Manifesto before its SXSW screening. Disinformation will release it on DVD. In Canada Eye Steele and National Film Board of Canada will partner with B-Side on its release there.

One of several new U.S. distributors, Trela Media, acquired its first of 6 envisioned yearly acquisitions, Guest of Cindy Sherman which has played in several festivals already for North America.

Another new and innovative U.S. distribution configuration of Variance Films, Elementary Films and Argyle Productons will will release the Hot Docs, Hamptons and Margaret Mead festival film Nursery University in April 2009 in New York.

Lorber HT Digital acquired Intangible Asset #82 before it SXSW premiere and Nollywood Babylon which showed in Toronto and Sundance for North America.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil was acquired by VH1 for North America.

Strand acquied U.S. rights to The Headless Woman from Focus. It had been named one of the best as yet undistributed films of 2008 by IndieWIRE after its premier in Cannes last year.

First Run acquired Four Seasons Lodge by Albert Maysles and a handpicked team for U.S.

Wolfe acquired Pedro for DVD and VOD, and MTV acquired TV rights in North America. Produced by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for U.S., it premiered in Toronto.

The Cove which premiered in Sundance and was acquired for world sales by The Works went to Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Participant for U.S. The deal was made with William Morris Indendent and Submarine.

Alive Mind, Richard Lorber's intellectual, spiritual and alternative distribution outfit acquired North American rights to Theater of War.

Film Movement acquired North American rights to Munyurangabo from Umedia after its festival screenings in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, Berlin, Toronto and New Directors/ New Films. It premiered at Slamdance.

Regent acquired worldwide rights excluding North America to Weather Girl from Submarine Entertainment.

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