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Anti-isis Fighters Documentary ‘March to La Mancha’ in the Works (Exclusive)

26 October 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Livesay and Stephen Buchanan are developing “March to La Mancha,” a documentary about former U.S. servicemen who have joined a shadow war of unpaid volunteers taking on Isis, Variety has learned exclusively.

Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) and Zipper Bros FilmsGlen Zipper, who won an Academy Award for “Undefeated,” have joined the team as executive producers and will advise on the film and help guide the sales and marketing.

The production team is not identifying the subjects of the film until it is completed.

Filmed in Iraq, Syria, Europe and the U.S., the film features first-hand footage from conflict zones and the risks these characters take to get there and back, from testing law enforcement in their own country, to making unpredictable alliances with clandestine recruiters and Middle East fixers. As they endeavor to take on Islamic State terrorists, these Don Quixote »

- Dave McNary

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‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

28 September 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

That wailing you hear is all the best-documentary aspirants who did Not make the Doc NYC “Short List.” It’s considered one of several key steps for landing on the Academy doc branch’s eventual short list – which, like the Doc NYC list, also numbers 15.

The stats are impressive: In each of the past three years, the Doc NYC Short List had nine or 10 titles that overlapped with the subsequent Oscar Documentary Short List. For the last five years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that went on to win the Oscar: “Amy” (2015), “Citizenfour” (2014), “20 Feet From Stardom” (2013), “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012), and “Undefeated” (2011).

With such a wide field of contenders, respected festivals wield even more than their usual influence in turning movies into must-sees. Oscar documentary branch voters have to see more than 130 movies released theatrically in 2016; inevitably, the movies nabbing the best reviews and most attention move to the top of the queue. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

28 September 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

That wailing you hear is all the best-documentary aspirants who did Not make the Doc NYC “Short List.” It’s considered one of several key steps for landing on the Academy doc branch’s eventual short list – which, like the Doc NYC list, also numbers 15.

The stats are impressive: In each of the past three years, the Doc NYC Short List had nine or 10 titles that overlapped with the subsequent Oscar Documentary Short List. For the last five years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that went on to win the Oscar: “Amy” (2015), “Citizenfour” (2014), “20 Feet From Stardom” (2013), “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012), and “Undefeated” (2011).

With such a wide field of contenders, respected festivals wield even more than their usual influence in turning movies into must-sees. Oscar documentary branch voters have to see more than 130 movies released theatrically in 2016; inevitably, the movies nabbing the best reviews and most attention move to the top of the queue. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar-Winning Documentary ‘Undefeated’ to Get Remade into Narrative Drama

12 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Considering Hollywood’s constant output stream of narrative remakes, we’re surprised they don’t mine the documentary field more often. Today, it’s been revealed they’ll be doing so with the 2011 SXSW hit and Oscar-winning Undefeated, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin‘s Memphis-set documentary about three underprivileged college students and their coach, who helps them on and off the field.

Once in the hands of Puff Daddy, it’s now being remade/adapted to a narrative drama by Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Maze Runner, Twilight), Deadline reports. While straying from documentary territory will grant the film opportunities not possible with only real footage, it will be interesting to see what direction the story goes, and if it can maintain the heart of its inspiration. Until more news breaks, see the trailer for the documentary below.

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- Mike Mazzanti

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"Undefeated" Doco Remade As Film

12 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are set to produce a narrative feature drama based on the 2011 high school football documentary "Undefeated" for Temple Hill. The doco, which won the Oscar that year for its category, was directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin and chronicled the Manassas Tigers from inner-city Memphis.

The team had been a perennial loser for so long that its school would sell slots in its schedule to more affluent schools looking for an easy win. The story focused on several players and their progression in the classroom and on the football as the Tigers learned to roar with the help of a dogged head coach. They won games and the coach helped the players prepare for manhood and life after high school.

Bowen and Godfrey will now seek out writers and directors to get the new project moving.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Oscar Winner ‘Undefeated’ Movie in the Works by ‘Maze Runner’ Producers

12 July 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are developing a movie based on the 2011 high-school football documentary “Undefeated,” which won the Academy Award.

The duo, who are in production on “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” has acquired the movie rights to “Undefeated,” directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The Weinstein Co., which distributed the documentary, had bought the movie rights in 2011 after the film’s world premiere at SXSW but was not able to develop a feature film before the rights lapsed.

The documentary focused on three student athletes from inner city Memphis and the coach of the Manassas Tigers football team, which had been in a downtrodden state before Coach Bill Courtney arrived in 2004.

Courtney — a white businessman who owned and operated a lumber company — had begun to turn things around by 2009 but some of the best players are impeded by financial hardships or family tragedies during that season. »

- Dave McNary

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Temple Hill To Remake Oscar-Winning Football Docu ‘Undefeated’

12 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey have acquired rights to do a narrative drama based on Undefeated, the 2011 high school football picture that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film, directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, chronicled the Manassas Tigers from inner-city Memphis. The team had been a perennial loser for so long that its school would sell slots in its schedule to more affluent schools looking for an easy win. The… »

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‘Grace’ Helmer Paul Solet to Direct Documentary for ‘Undefeated’ Producer

13 June 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Solet, who helmed the 2009 Sundance hit “Grace,” has come on board to write and direct the documentary “Tread” which chronicles the destruction of a small Colorado town by a man driving a fortified bulldozer.

Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”) and Sean Stuart (“All Things Must Pass”) will produce the pic with Raphael Swann and Victor Shapiro of Sunset Junction Entertainment exec producing.

“This movie will explore those polarized interpretations and let you to draw your own conclusions about who Marvin Heemeyer was and what drove him to do what he did,” Solet said.

The doc will use both cinematic recreations with archival footage from the event and audio tapes of Heemeyer himself recorded in the months leading up to the event.

Solet most recently directed the thriller “Dark Summer.” He is repped by Pye, Paradigm, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams Llp.

In addition to producing the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated,” Zipper produced the non-fiction horror film “The Nightmare” for director Rodney Ascher, the Grammy-winning “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” for James Moll and “Deep Web” for director Alex Winter.

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- Justin Kroll

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