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Cmg Toronto-bound with 'An Act Of Defiance'

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Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Beverly Hills-based international sales company is partnering with Richard Claus & Co and South Africa’s Spier Films on the Rivonia Trial drama.

Production on An Act Of Defiance is scheduled to begin on Saturday in South Africa and is scheduled for delivery in spring.

Cinema Management Group president Noeltner and vice-president of sales and operations Dené Anderberg will launch sales in Toronto on world rights excluding South Africa and Flemish-speaking Benelux.

Jean van de Velde directs from his adapted screenplay based on Joel Joffe’s book The State Vs. Nelson Mandela.

The film takes place during Apartheid era South Africa in 1963 as Nelson Mandela and nine others stand trial on charges of committing sabotage and violent acts against the government.

Represented by tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher, Mandela delivers his “I Am Prepared to Die” speech, in which he justifies the existence of the African National Congress and its anti-repression activities.

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Durban: Netherlands and South Africa Strengthen Pic Production Bonds

Durban: Netherlands and South Africa Strengthen Pic Production Bonds
A Dutch delegation was in Durban this week to meet with their South African counterparts, as the two countries look to build on the co-production treaty they signed in December.

At a gathering June 18 hosted by South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation, industry professionals talked up the potential of a pact that could benefit both nations in terms of accessing financing schemes, reaching wider audiences, boosting technical capacities, and telling exciting new stories.

“We need South Africa in expanding our views on the world, as they might need us in getting more technical or industrial support,” said Frank Peijnenburg, head of Screen Nl.

Filmmakers from the two countries have collaborated in the past on movies such as Paula van der Oest’s “Black Butterflies,” a biopic of the poet Ingrid Jonker; “The Price of Sugar,” Jean van de Velde’s period drama about slavery in the Dutch colony of
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South Africa, Netherlands Ink Co-Production Pact

South Africa and the Netherlands have signed co-production treaty for film and other audiovisual works.

The co-production pact aims at boosting the audiovisual industries through cultural and economic exchanges between South Africa and the Netherlands, allowing a wider access to audiences in each country and accessing financing schemes.

Criteria for eligibility include a certain amount of performing, technical and craft contribution from each co-producer, while the financial support has to represent a minimum of 10 percent and can’t exceed 90 percent of the production costs.

Pact was negotiated between the Netherlands Film Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation, which will review applications. It was signed by Jet Bussemaker, Dutch minister for Culture and Nathi Mthethwa, the South African minister of arts and culture.

South Africa, which has a growing film industry and has become a popular shooting destination, already has co-produciton treaties with Germany, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, New Zealand,
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South Africa, Netherlands sign co-production treaty

Treaty negotiated by Netherlands Film Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation.

South Africa and the Netherlands have signed a film and TV co-production treaty.

The treaty has been negotiated by the Netherlands Film Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation, both of which will assess applications for the co-production scheme.

According to the two treaty, “the level of performing, technical and craft contribution of each co-producer must be in line with the financial support that he/she brings to the project, which can be no less than 10% and no more than 90% of the production costs.”

Ms. Zama Mkosi, CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation said of the treaty: “Filmmakers from both our countries are also going to benefit from the Dti incentive scheme, which its aim is to encourage and attract big-budget productions and post production.”

Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund said that previous exchanges between the two countries
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The Last Mountain Review. Bill Haney tells a gripping environmental story

Movie review of The Last Mountain - Documentary tells the gripping tale of activists fighting mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia Veteran documentary filmmaker Bill Haney knows a beautiful setting when he sees one and there are few places as stunning as the mountains and valleys that make up West Virginia's Coal River Valley. What makes Haney a standout documentary director is his belief that no matter how beautiful the backdrop or how fascinating the political topic it’s the people who make the story. The Last Mountain, Haney’s latest doc after A Life Among Whales (2005) and The Price of Sugar (2007), stands tall thanks to the people who live in the Coal River Valley and risk their lives battling the Massey Energy Company and the West Virginia Coal Association to put a stop to mountaintop coal removal and save the region’s last mountain.
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The Last Mountain Review. Bill Haney tells a gripping environmental story

Movie review of The Last Mountain - Documentary tells the gripping tale of activists fighting mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia Veteran documentary filmmaker Bill Haney knows a beautiful setting when he sees one and there are few places as stunning as the mountains and valleys that make up West Virginia's Coal River Valley. What makes Haney a standout documentary director is his belief that no matter how beautiful the backdrop or how fascinating the political topic it’s the people who make the story. The Last Mountain, Haney’s latest doc after A Life Among Whales (2005) and The Price of Sugar (2007), stands tall thanks to the people who live in the Coal River Valley and risk their lives battling the Massey Energy Company and the West Virginia Coal Association to put a stop to mountaintop coal removal and save the region’s last mountain.
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The Last Mountain Review. Bill Haney tells a gripping environmental story

Movie review of The Last Mountain - Documentary tells the gripping tale of activists fighting mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia Veteran documentary filmmaker Bill Haney knows a beautiful setting when he sees one and there are few places as stunning as the mountains and valleys that make up West Virginia's Coal River Valley. What makes Haney a standout documentary director is his belief that no matter how beautiful the backdrop or how fascinating the political topic it’s the people who make the story. The Last Mountain, Haney’s latest doc after A Life Among Whales (2005) and The Price of Sugar (2007), stands tall thanks to the people who live in the Coal River Valley and risk their lives battling the Massey Energy Company and the West Virginia Coal Association to put a stop to mountaintop coal removal and save the region’s last mountain.
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"The Last Mountain," Reviewed

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In the state where it takes place, "The Last Mountain" occupies the loneliest corner, the "last "referring to the Coal River Mountain, the only peak that hasn't been reduced to rubble for the sake of coal production in West Virginia. And the film itself, the latest from "The Price of Sugar" director Bill Haney, is equally isolating, a well-built argument against the destruction of the Appalachian mountains to feed our nation's energy needs that ditches any sense of objectivity early on and directs its message firmly at those who already lean towards banning corporations from drilling to prevent the destruction of the region and worse, the debilitating effects on the health of its citizenry as both the water and air become contaminated with coal dust.

Even amidst the debris, Haney clearly lays out the gradual demolition of mountain tops and the erosion of laws that were intended to protect them from the 1970s forward.
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Dada Acquires 'The Last Mountain'

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Dada Acquires 'The Last Mountain'
Dada acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Bill Haney’s “The Last Mountain” and will release the film June 3. The documentary had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. “The Last Mountain” focuses on a fight between a small Appalachian community and big coal company. “This amazingly uplifting David and Goliath film combines superb storytelling and extraordinary cinematography,” M.J. Peckos, president of Dada Films, said in a statement. Directed by Bill Haney (“The Price of Sugar”), the film was written by Haney and Peter Rhodes, produced by Clara Bingham, Eric Grunebaum, Bill
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Sundance: Dada Films Climbs 'The Last Mountain'

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Sundance: Dada Films Climbs 'The Last Mountain'
Los Angeles, CA – January 27, 2011 – Mj Peckos announced today that Dada has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Bill Haney’s “The Last Mountain” and will release the film June 3. The film had its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition category of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. “The Last Mountain” is about an epic battle taking place in the heartland of America, as a small community fights to protect their way of life against one of America’s biggest coal companies. “This amazingly uplifting David and Goliath film combines superb storytelling and extraordinary cinematography,” said Peckos. “The fight for Appalachia’s last great mountain has consequences which affect every American; the heroism and effectiveness of the ordinary Americans who are taking on the coal companies will inspire everyone who sees it. Bill Haney said, “I was impressed with the business model that Peckos and her partner Steven Raphael presented which
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"The Last Mountain," Reviewed

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Reviewed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

If you need something new to be incensed about, "The Last Mountain," a documentary directed by Bill Haney (of 2007's "The Price of Sugar"), will do the trick nicely. Its outrage of choice is mountaintop removal (Mtr) mining, the considerably controversial practice of deforesting and then dynamiting mountain ridges to extract coal seams, then piling everything back up in roughly the same shape -- except nothing ever seems to grow there again. Mtr is closely associated with Appalachia, and the film's primary battleground is Coal River Valley, Wv, where locals and activists gather to try to prevent Massey Energy, the country's fourth largest producer of coal, from mining Coal River Mountain.

If the issues were only environmental, "The Last Mountain" would be something of a familiar refrain, but the film has more up its sleeve than (to be sure, wrenching) helicopter shots of the
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IDA finalizes entries for DocuWeek

IDA finalizes entries for DocuWeek
The International Documentary Assn. is featuring 12 feature-length documentaries and five short nonfiction films in its 11th annual Theatrical Documentary Showcase, DocuWeek, set for Aug. 17-23 at the ArcLight Hollywood and the Landmark West Los Angeles. Features appearing are Chops, Curt Kobain About a Son, In the Shadow of the Moon, Here and Now, "Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone," Nanking, A Promise to the Dead, The Price of Sugar, Protagonist, Taxi to the Dark Side, "War/Dance" and We Are Together. The featured shorts are Angel's Fire, Gene Boy, Steps to Eternity, Salim Baba and Sari's Mother.

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