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Missed It Last Night? Watch 'A Ballerina’s Tale' in Full Now

9 February 2016 5:58 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Last night on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” made its TV premiere, and I'm sure many more of you finally were able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. If you missed it, and didn't record it, you should know that PBS has made it available in full online, so watch it below. The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.  On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Missed It Last Night? Watch 'A Ballerina’s Tale' in Full Now

9 February 2016 5:58 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last night on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” made its TV premiere, and I'm sure many more of you finally were able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. If you missed it, and didn't record it, you should know that PBS has made it available in full online, so watch it below. The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.  On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in Abt's 75-year history. After it made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, Sundance Selects acquired U.S. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on Independent Lens

8 February 2016 10:44 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tonight on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” makes its TV premiere, so many, many more of you will finally be able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.  On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in Abt's 75-year history. After it made its world premiere at the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on Independent Lens

8 February 2016 10:44 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tonight on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” makes its TV premiere, so many, many more of you will finally be able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.  On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in Abt's 75-year history. After it made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to George's documentary last year, and released in a limited theatrical and on VOD in October. It's produced by Leslie Norville and executive produced by Dorria L. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Pro-Choice Sundance Docu ‘Trapped’ Acquired For Theaters, TV

5 February 2016 9:39 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens have sealed a deal to distribute TrappedDawn Porter’s pro-choice documentary that won a Special Jury Award at Sundance. The film will open March 4 in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with additional markets added during the spring. PBS’ Independent Lens will air Trapped in June to coincide with the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case that will… »

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Sundance-Winning Abortion Doc 'Trapped' Finds Distribution Ahead of Landmark Case

5 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After winning the U.S. Documentary Social Impact Filmmaking Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival last week, Dawn Porter's "Trapped" has set up a theatrical release thanks to a collaborative distribution deal. Trilogy Films, Big Mouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and Chicken & Egg Pictures are partnering with Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens to distribute the documentary beginning in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on March 4. Read More: All of the Winners of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival "Trapped" follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. The nationwide release of the film will come just as the U.S. Supreme Court takes on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the landmark case that will determine the constitutionality of "Trap" (Targeted Regulation of. »

- Zack Sharf

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Us Briefs: Coalition coalesces around 'Trapped'

5 February 2016 8:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Gabriele Muccino circles Laughter In The Dark

Trilogy Films, Big Mouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and Chicken & Egg Pictures have struck a partnership with Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens to distribute Dawn Porter’s Sundance film.

Trapped won the Us Documentary special jury award for social impact filmmaking in Park City and follows the work of clinic workers and lawyers battling to keep abortion legal for American women.

It will open in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on March 4.

Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct the erotic thriller Laughter In The Dark based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel from a script by newcomers Bradley McMann and Justin ParkerScott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions will produce with Sander Soeth of Intuit Films. Stone Village has partnered with investment firm Source Rock Partners to finance. The producers have earmarked a mid-May start in New York  »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Trapped’

1 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Trapped,” lawyer-turned-documentarian Dawn Porter (“Gideon’s Army”) chronicles the lives of medical professionals who work at clinics subject to so-called Trap laws. The acronym stands for “targeted regulations of abortion providers,” statutes that opponents say limit access to abortion in the guise of promoting safe health practices. Not as powerful as “After Tiller” or as visually distinguished as “Lake of Fire,” Porter’s advocacy doc settles for a straightforward, somewhat standard presentation, laying out a forceful argument that these laws, though designed to sound innocuous, pose significant burdens to clinics, doctors and patients. The movie is scheduled to open on March 4, two days after the Supreme Court hears a major case on Texas’s current abortion regulations. A ruling is expected in June; the Sundance cut could well require an update by the time the film airs on Independent Lens that month.

Like “After Tiller,” which focused on doctors who perform late-term abortions, »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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MacArthur Foundation Renews Support for Award-Winning PBS Doc Series 'Pov'

28 January 2016 12:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: PBS' 'Independent Lens' Documentary Series Announces 2016 Winter-Spring Season Lineup The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has renewed its support of PBS long-running documentary series "Pov" with a grant of $2.25 million over the next three years. Produced by American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc), "Pov" is a series that tells stories from unique and varied perspectives by sharing 14 to 16 feature-length documentaries every year. Since it's inception in 1988, "Pov" has won 34 Emmys and 3 Academy Awards. The 2016 season will explore topics as varied as black male achievement, the emotional side of interactive games and the crisis caused by drug cartels on the U.S.-Mexican border, among other topics.  "MacArthur has been an indispensable supporter of 'Pov' since the series' very first broadcast in 1988," said AmDoc Executive Director and "Pov" executive producer Justine Nagan. »

- Bryn Gelbart

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‘Trapped’ Documentary to Premiere as Supreme Court Weighs Abortion Laws (Exclusive)

28 January 2016 9:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Trapped,” a look at how restrictive state laws are forcing abortion clinics to close in parts of the country, didn’t come to Sundance looking to score a rich distribution deal.

The makers of the non-fiction film already had a release strategy in place that would ensure that the picture will reach a wider audience just as the Supreme Court prepares to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade. The film will open in New York and Washington D.C. on March 4, which coincides with opening arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that looks at Texas state regulations that abortion rights advocates claim limit access to the procedure, and could leave the state with dramatically fewer clinics.

The film will then air on Independent Lens in June around the time the Supreme Court will make its decision on these abortion laws. Ro*co »

- Brent Lang

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2016 January Screenwriters Lab Invite Projects From Pippa Bianco, Alistair Banks Griffin and Grassadonia & Piazza

11 January 2016 1:05 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Sundance Institute is including a touch of Cannes this week as the likes of Pippa Bianco (her short Share was the 2015 winner of Cannes Cinefondation), Alistair Banks Griffin (Two Gates of Sleep premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010), and the Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza tandem (from Critics’ Week Grand Prize in 2013 for Salvo) are among the dozen selected projects for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab. The immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place just prior to the festival at the Sundance Resort in Utah, January 15-20. Look for several of these projects to one day break into not only Sundance, but other major film fests. Here are the selected people & projects:

The projects and fellows selected for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab are:

Bull (U.S.A.) / Annie Silverstein (Co-writer/Director) and Johnny McAllister (Co-writer)

In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, »

- Eric Lavallee

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PBS' 'Independent Lens' Documentary Series Announces 2016 Winter-Spring Season Lineup

6 January 2016 2:52 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

PBS' award-winning documentary film series "Independent Lens" has announced its 2016 Winter-Spring season lineup today. “These films amplify conversations happening across the country on issues like the rise of gun violence, racial unrest, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and national security," said "Independent Lens" executive producer Lois Vossen. "Remarkable people are at the core of these stories. Some are famous, like the ‘Amazing’ Randi and ballerina Misty Copeland; others have done extraordinary things living seemingly ordinary lives, including a South Carolina grandmother whose family represents the new face of HIV/AIDS - African Americans in the rural south, as well as young Polynesian American football players dreaming of a career in the NFL, Latina immigrant mothers who were unwillingly sterilized in 1970s Los Angeles, and young people on the autism spectrum looking for love. 'Independent Lens'' films...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS' 'Independent Lens' Documentary Series Announces 2016 Winter-Spring Season Lineup

6 January 2016 2:52 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

PBS' award-winning documentary film series "Independent Lens" has announced its 2016 Winter-Spring season lineup today. “These films amplify conversations happening across the country on issues like the rise of gun violence, racial unrest, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and national security," said "Independent Lens" executive producer Lois Vossen. "Remarkable people are at the core of these stories. Some are famous, like the ‘Amazing’ Randi and ballerina Misty Copeland; others have done extraordinary things living seemingly ordinary lives, including a South Carolina grandmother whose family represents the new face of HIV/AIDS »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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