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Three Identical Strangers: Who were the triplets and what happened to them?

Tonight on CNN, the incredible story of Bobby Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland is told in a documentary that will shock people unaware of their story. The three baby boys were all adopted at birth from an agency that specialized in placing Jewish children with Jewish families, and the abject malfeasance that the agency committed with regards to how they handled the three babies’ adoption is unimaginable. All of them were split up and divvied out to families who did not know their adoptive child had a sibling. Who were the triplets? Bobby Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland […]

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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Hanukkah Q&A: Robert Shafran and director Tim Wardle discuss the joyous but tragic doc [Watch]

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“What the three of us had for literally a decade … was an unbelievable amount of joy and happiness,” said Robert Shafran, one of the subjects of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” “but there was also tragedy and there was also this whole sinister thing behind it.” He joined director Tim Wardle for a special Hanukkah dinner and Q&A at Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse in New York City to discuss the heartwarming, but also unsettling true story behind their film. Watch them above.

Shafran lived almost 20 years before discovering that he had a twin brother, Eddy Galland. And shortly after they were reunited they discovered a third identical brother, David Kellman. Their remarkable reunion made them media sensations during the 1980s, but an uncomfortable question lingered for each of their families: why were the three siblings secretly separated from each other as infants and placed with different adoptive families? If you
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Movie Review – Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers, 2018.

Directed by Tim Wardle.

Featuring Edward Galland, David Kellman, Robert Shafran.

Synopsis:

1980, New York. Three teenagers discover they are long-lost triplets who were separated at birth.

A co-production from CNN Films and Channel 4, British filmmaker Tim Wardle’s striking new film, Three Identical Strangers, is something of a contradiction.

The documentary, by its own definition, is a work that sheds factual light on a subject – placing full stops where question marks once were. Three Identical Strangers, however, does rather the opposite: throwing up more open questions than it does conclusive answers. As frustrating as it is fascinating, this is nevertheless the most compelling true story you’ve probably never heard.

Long before the term ‘viral’ had been coined, there was Bobby Shafran.

The year is 1980. A 19-year old is grappling with the familiar concoction of nerves, uncertainty and excitement that befalls all Freshmen on their first day of college.
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Tackles Fame And The Dark Side of Humanity – The Contenders NY

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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Tackles Fame And The Dark Side of Humanity – The Contenders NY
There may not be an obvious connection between musical drama Vox Lux from writer-director Brady Corbet and documentary Three Identical Strangers by Tim Wardle. But the two share one similar quality — they defy their genre. Both titles, released by New York-based distributor, Neon, were spotlighted back-to-back this evening at Contenders.

“My previous film was about the events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and after that, I decided to return to America, where I’m from, and make a film about the events that define the 21st century,” said Corbet, who shared the stage with cast member Raffey Cassidy, who plays the young version of Celeste, the central character in Vox Lux.

Through the prism of a fictional rising pop star, played by Natalie Portman as the adult Celeste, Vox Lux turns the mirror on America’s real-life obsession with fame and its gnawing acceptance of gun violence.
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards make it a beautiful night for Morgan Neville and Mr. Rogers

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards make it a beautiful night for Morgan Neville and Mr. Rogers
The Broadcast Film Critics and the Broadcast Television Journalists associations had a good feeling about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Saturday at their third annual Critics’ Choice documentary honors event. They bestowed the evening’s top prizes, both Best Documentary and Best Director — as well as Best Editing — to Morgan Neville‘s moving portrait of beloved children’s show TV host Fred Rogers.

According to Box Office Mojo, the winner is the highest-grossing doc of the year so far, raking in $23 million.

Among the other winners at the Brooklyn-based event hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy:

Best Sports Documentary: “Free Solo,” about the first free solo climb of El Capitan at National Yosemite Park.

Best Limited Documentary Series: “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Best Ongoing Documentary Series: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

Best Political Documentary: “Rbg,” about Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award
Ever since the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” brought audiences to tears at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it has been the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar. Sure enough, the Focus Features release, the highest-grossing biodoc of all time, took home Best Documentary and Director for Morgan Neville as well as Best Editing at the Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Saturday, November 10.

Its closest competitor, NatGeo’s vertiginous climbing movie “Free Solo,” also took home three Critics’ Choice documentary awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, “Free Solo” won Best Sports Documentary, Best Innovative Documentary, and Best Cinematography.

During the awards show hosted by Bill Nye at Bric in Brooklyn, filmmaker Michael Moore gave a rousing political speech as he accepted the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award,
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award
Ever since the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” brought audiences to tears at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it has been the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar. Sure enough, the Focus Features release, the highest-grossing biodoc of all time, took home Best Documentary and Director for Morgan Neville as well as Best Editing at the Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Saturday, November 10.

Its closest competitor, NatGeo’s vertiginous climbing movie “Free Solo,” also took home three Critics’ Choice documentary awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, “Free Solo” won Best Sports Documentary, Best Innovative Documentary, and Best Cinematography.

During the awards show hosted by Bill Nye at Bric in Brooklyn, filmmaker Michael Moore gave a rousing political speech as he accepted the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award,
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” has been named the best documentary of 2018 at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday evening at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The film about “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” star Fred Rogers won in a category whose other nominees were “Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” “Minding the Gap,” “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Wild Wild Country.”

Michael Moore received a lifetime achievement award from Robert De Niro, who called him “an American hero.” Moore new film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” was not nominated in the Best Documentary category, instead receiving a mention only in Best Political Documentary, where it lost to “Rbg.”

Also Read: 'Minding the Gap' Leads All Films in Nominations for Cinema Eye Honors

“Quincy” won the award for best music documentary, while “Free Solo” won for best sports documentary and most innovative documentary.
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Deadline’s The Contenders Makes New York Debut December 1; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Jonah Hill Join Lineup

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Deadline’s The Contenders Makes New York Debut December 1; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Jonah Hill Join Lineup
Deadline’s The Contenders, which began in Los Angeles eight years ago, is expanding to New York for the first time December 1. The awards-season showcase, which had its second-ever London edition in October and another sold-out L.A. event on November 3, will feature more than 20 films from 13 studios in New York.

Clips and onstage conversations will feature actors, directors, producers, writers and other key figures behind the season’s contending films. Academy and guild voters in attendance will get to hear backstories about how the films got made from the people who made them.

Here are the confirmed films and panel participants for the inaugural New York event, to be held at the Director’s Guild Theatre on 57th Street:

Mary Poppins Returns: Rob Marshall (Director/Producer/Writer), Emily Blunt (Actor), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Actor) Incredibles 2: Brad Bird (Director/Writer/Actor) Ben is Back: Peter Hedges (Director/Producer/Writer), Lucas Hedges
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mr. Rogers Will Be Competing at the Cinema Eye Honors

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“Free Solo,” “Quincy,” “Minding the Gap,” “Rbg,” “Three identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” are among the films nominated for the Audience Choice Prize at the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors, an awards show devoted to all facts of nonfiction filmmaking.

“Bathtubs Over Broadway,” “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” “On Her Shoulders” and “Shirkers” were also nominated in the Audience Choice category, which can be voted on by members of the public at the Cinema Eye website.

The bulk of the Cinema Eye Honors nominees will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 8, and the winners will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

Also Read: 'Free Solo,' 'Minding the Gap,' 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Land Ida Documentary Nominations

In the Broadcast Film category, the nominees were four docs from HBO – “Baltimore Rising,” “Believer,” “The Final Year” and
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘Rbg’ Among Cinema Eye Honors Early Documentary Awards Nominees

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Cinema Eye Honors revealed the first awards announcements for the organization’s 12th annual awards on Thursday.

Audience choice nominees include recent documentary awards-circuit players such as “Free Solo,” “Minding the Gap,” “Quincy,” “Rbg,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The group also unveiled its list of “The Unforgettables,” honoring notable and significant nonfiction film subjects, such as rock climber Alex Honnold (“Free Solo”), recording artist M.I.A. (“Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”), Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“Rbg”), and television legend Fred Rogers (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”).

Joining the broadcast film category is a new field this year, broadcast series, which features contenders such as Netflix’s “Evil Genius” and “Wild Wild Country,” and Showtime’s “The Fourth Estate.”

In the Heterodox category, recognizing fiction films that actively blur the line between fiction and documentary, The Orchard and MoviePass’ “American Animals,” Magnolia’s “Skate Kitchen,” and
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Review

Stars: Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman, Natasha Josefowitz, David Kellman, Evan LeRose, Adrian Lichter, Andrew Lovesey, Scotty Murray, Robert Shafran, David Straus, Rachel VanDuzer | Directed by Tim Wardle

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Tim Wardle’s documentary Three Identical Strangers may be one of the most contextually absurd and devastating documentaries within the genre of cinema. In the world of the exposè crime documentary, made binge-worthy famous by Netflix, an influx of crime “did they/didn’t they?” ventures – ranging from the insanely huge public Oj
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‘Free Solo’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations With Six; Michael Moore Set For Career Honor

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‘Free Solo’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations With Six; Michael Moore Set For Career Honor
The perilous attempt by climber Alex Honnold to become the first person ever to scale and solo climb Yosemite’s 3000 foot high El Capitan Mountain with no ropes or safety gear is chronicled in the documentary Free Solo, a film that has climbed the list of nominees with six nods (and one honor) for the 2018 Critics Choice Documentary Awards. The awards take place on Saturday November 10 in Brooklyn.

Bing Liu’s skateboarding docu, Minding The Gap, and the Emmy winning Netflix limited docu series Wild Wild Country follow with five nominations each. All three films are nominated in the Best Documentary category which includes theatrical features and streaming/television entries.

In what has been an outstanding year for docus, both critically and at the box office, three films that have earned big dollars in theaters are also well represented on the list – Morgan Neville’s poignant Mr. Rogers docu, Won
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‘Three Identical Strangers’: More Twins Separated at Birth Have Found Each Other Since Seeing the Film

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“Three Identical Strangers” may be the most surprising documentary since “Tickled,” beginning as a stranger-than-fiction comedy before revealing itself as something much darker. Tim Wardle’s account of triplets reuniting 20 years after being separated at birth — and, until a chance encounter between two brothers made headlines, never knowing their siblings even existed — has won acclaim since its Sundance premiere earlier this year. But in many ways, the story hasn’t ended.

Wardle recently presented his film as part of the Ida Screening Series in Los Angeles, explaining how the Jewish Board, which played a key role in the decades-long events of the film, remains cagey to this day. “When the brothers [Robert Shafran, Edward Galland, and David Kellman] tried to interact with them, they would only deal with the brothers via a medical-malpractice attorney — so you can kind of draw your own conclusions from that,” he said. “They did write a letter of apology,
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Box Office: 'Three Identical Strangers' Crosses $10M, Continues Doc Boom

Filmmaker Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers has crossed the $10 million mark at the U.S. box, continuing the summer box-office documentary boom and achieving a rare feat for a non-fiction title that isn't a Hollywood studio nature pic, concert film or political title.

The critically acclaimed doc tells the startling story of Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman, triplets who were separated at birth in the early 1960s and adopted into different families as part of a "nature versus nurture" experiment. The film finished Sunday with $10.6 million in domestic ticket sales.

Produced by Raw ...
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The Most Explosive Documentary of the Year Is Being Turned Into a Feature Film

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The Most Explosive Documentary of the Year Is Being Turned Into a Feature Film
The mind-boggling true story behind the Sundance award-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers is making its way to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Film4, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and Raw Partners have teamed up to adapt the documentary into a narrative feature film. Since its release, the documentary has won the special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and earned nearly $3 million at the Us box office. So, chances are a feature film would definitely be welcomed.

Three Identical Strangers focuses on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland, identical triplets who were separated at birth. The three were united at age 19, discovering that each was adopted from New York's Louise Wise Adoption Agency and none of their parents knew that they had adopted one-third of a trio. Their reunion made the news and led to international fame. The documentary, which was released June 29, delves deep
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The Most Explosive Documentary of the Year Is Being Turned Into a Feature Film

The mind-boggling true story behind the Sundance award-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers is making its way to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Film4, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and Raw Partners have teamed up to adapt the documentary into a narrative feature film. Since its release, the documentary has won the special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and earned nearly $3 million at the Us box office. So, chances are a feature film would definitely be welcomed.

Three Identical Strangers focuses on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland, identical triplets who were separated at birth. The three were united at age 19, discovering that each was adopted from New York's Louise Wise Adoption Agency and none of their parents knew that they had adopted one-third of a trio. Their reunion made the news and led to international fame. The documentary, which was released June 29, delves deep
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Raw, Film4, Sidney Kimmel To Make Feature Based on Sundance Doc ‘Three Identical Strangers’

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Raw, producer of Sundance breakout documentary Three Identical Strangers, is partnering with Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) on a narrative feature version of the picture.

The Sundance title, about three strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth, won the festival’s Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling.

Raw, Film4 and Ske will develop the new narrative feature following what they describe as “fierce, multi-studio competitive bidding in the life rights of Robert Shafran and David Kellman,” who are two of the identical triplets at the heart of the documentary.

Raw’s Katherine Butler and Dimitri Doganis and Ske’s Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti will produce the as-yet untitled narrative feature film. Film4’s Daniel Battsek and Sam Lavender, Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun and Dan Braun, and the doc’s director Tim Wardle will serve as executive producers. Mark O’Connor will oversee development on behalf of Ske.
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Hit Documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’ to Be Adapted Into Feature Film

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Hit Documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’ to Be Adapted Into Feature Film
The critically acclaimed documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” which made a splash at Sundance, is to be adapted into a feature film. London-based Raw, which produced “Strangers,” is partnering with Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment on the project, which centers on the true story of identical triplets who were separated at birth and who stumbled across each other as young men by accident.

Three Identical Strangers,” directed by Tim Wardle, won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival. It was released in the U.S. on June 29, and continues to expand into more theaters.

The documentary recounts the astonishing reunion of separated New York brothers Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland as 19-year-olds, and the revelations and events, both heartwarming and disturbing, that followed. After its success at Sundance, the film sparked a “fierce, multi-studio” bidding war for the rights to the life stories of Shafran and Kellman,
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'Three Identical Strangers' Doc to Be Adapted Into Feature Film

'Three Identical Strangers' Doc to Be Adapted Into Feature Film
Three Identical Strangers, the Sundance-bowing doc that won the festival's special jury prize, is being adapted into a feature film by Film4, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Raw Partners. 

The project was announced Thursday by Film4 president Daniel Battsek, Ske President John Penotti and Raw's Dimitri Doganis. The feature garnered widespread interest and multi-studio bidding for the life rights of Robert Shafran and David Kellman, two of the identical triplets at the heart of the documentary.

Set in New York over several decades, Three Identical Strangers documented the true story of Shafran, Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who ...
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