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Kew Media Buys ‘Cardinal’ Producer Sienna Films

Kew Media Buys ‘Cardinal’ Producer Sienna Films
Acquisitive investment group Kew Media is buying film and TV production company Sienna Films.

Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny’s Toronto-based Sienna makes “Cardinal,” which is on CTV in Canada, Hulu in the U.S., and BBC Four in the U.K. Its other TV credits include “Ransom” and “Combat Hospital.” On the film side, it has teed up Canada-Ireland co-production “Sweetness in the Belly,” an adaptation of the Camilla Gibb novel that goes into production next March.

Kew will pay C$3 million ($2.4 million) for Sienna, which generates about C$1.1 million of annual Ebitda profit.

Canada-based Kew has struck a series of deals as part of a major push into TV and film, and comes on the heels of the acquisition of Content Media and Tcb Media. It first announced itself on the TV and media stage in February when it acquired Content and invested in five other content companies, including [link=nm
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No Stone Unturned review – a scrupulous documentary

Alex Gibney does a thorough job of investigating an unsolved murder in 90s Northern Ireland

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney turns his lens on to Northern Ireland, with a typically forensic examination of an unsolved mass murder. The six victims of the 1994 Loughinisland massacre were watching the World Cup in their local pub when a masked gunman burst in and sprayed bullets from a Czech-made automatic weapon. But despite the fact that, as Gibney’s research reveals, the police had a clear idea of suspects from the outset, and despite the fact that a getaway vehicle, a gun and a bag full of balaclavas was found, nobody was ever charged. What’s more, much of the evidence was later mislaid or destroyed. Scrupulously even-handed, the film explores collusion between police and paramilitaries and the decidedly unstable foundations underpinning the Northern Ireland peace process.

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How Women Made the Documentary Community

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How Women Made the Documentary Community
Doc NYC, the largest documentary festival in America, kicked off its latest edition this week with its annual Visionaries Tribute. Co-founder Thom Powers opened the ceremony with the following speech.

One year ago, our community was gathered at the Visionaries Tribute two days after Donald Trump was elected. In that dark moment, I know many people in this room took strength from being among great storytellers, feeling that documentary-making had an important role to play.

See More:doc NYC 2017: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See At the Festival, From ‘EuroTrump’ to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years

We were living through a historic moment then, and now we’re living through a different one as we witness the cascading exposure of sexual harassment endemic to our culture.

To an extent, this is something we all knew happened. Only now we have a much more vivid image of what it
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“Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge:” Why You need to Watch

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In case you didn’t catch the premiere of HBOs new “Rolling Stone: Stories from the edge,” there is still time to tune in and see what you’re missing. We think that this is going to be the network’s next big hit. If you’re a fan of bizarre documentary type shows, then we have some things to tell you about the show that just might grab your attention. Here are five things about the new series that you probably didn’t know, but should. 1. The show is an Alex Gibney/Blair Foster documentary Gibney is an Oscar winning director and is joined

“Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge:” Why You need to Watch
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In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm

In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm
It’s never easy being green, but if you’re a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season.

In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They include Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”), Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) and Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugarman”). Those films beat out docus made by veteran nonfiction helmers like Kirby Dick (“The Invisible War”), Wim Wenders (“Pina”) and Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated”).

When it comes to receiving a nomination in the documentary feature category, the odds are even better. In the last decade more than 20 first time feature docu helmers have nabbed an Oscar nod. They include Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal — Nerakhoon”), Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington (“Restrepo”), Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (“Finding Vivian Maier”).

Comparatively, in the last 10 years,
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'Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge': 10 Things We Learned

'Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge': 10 Things We Learned
With their latest documentary, Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge, directors Alex Gibney and Blair Foster stitch together old performance footage, recordings from interviews with artists (Ice-t) and Presidents (Bill Clinton), and readings from some of the magazine's most important stories, with the likes of Johnny Depp subbing in for Hunter S. Thompson. Instead of following the magazine's activities year by year, the narrative is dictated by big stories: The film jumps from one big scoop to the next, skipping from Hunter S. Thompson on George McGovern in 1972 to an
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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders

At the San Francisco Film Society’s Doc Stories, Samantha Power — aka President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — is a true star. “What a crowd,” she tweeted after a rousing standing ovation for Greg Barker’s HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which features her as part of Obama’s foreign policy team. “Huge thanks to SFFilm Doc Stories & to an incredibly engaged San Francisco audience who saw @thefinalyeardoc not as a retrospective, but as a call to action.”

The third annual Doc Stories (Nov. 2-5) was a rich weekend of nonfiction features and shorts that launched with the world premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, Part I” (HBO) and closed with Chris Smith’s “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” (Netflix).

It’s part of Sffilm executive director Noah Cowan’s
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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders

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Oscar Campaigning, San Francisco Style: Sffilm Doc Stories Showcases Its Contenders
At the San Francisco Film Society’s Doc Stories, Samantha Power — aka President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — is a true star. “What a crowd,” she tweeted after a rousing standing ovation for Greg Barker’s HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which features her as part of Obama’s foreign policy team. “Huge thanks to SFFilm Doc Stories & to an incredibly engaged San Francisco audience who saw @thefinalyeardoc not as a retrospective, but as a call to action.”

The third annual Doc Stories (Nov. 2-5) was a rich weekend of nonfiction features and shorts that launched with the world premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, Part I” (HBO) and closed with Chris Smith’s “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” (Netflix).

It’s part of Sffilm executive director Noah Cowan’s
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'Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge': Inside Magazine's Pages

'Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge': Inside Magazine's Pages
Early in the new documentary Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge, a 22-year-old Jann Wenner is seen sitting at his desk in the cramped San Francisco loft where he started the magazine 50 years ago. The Berkeley dropout is surrounded by a bulging Rolodex, a rotary telephone and a photo of the Beatles, discussing why he started the new publication. "Rock & roll is a particular form [of music] that's changed tremendously, has changed, keeps changing," he tells a local TV reporter. "There was no publication that covered it the way it should be covered,
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Best TV to Watch in November: Rolling Stone at 50 Doc, True Crime and More

Best TV to Watch in November: Rolling Stone at 50 Doc, True Crime and More
Give thanks, TV viewers, that we’re coming up on a month that not only offers a handful of intriguing documentaries, the return of two breakout series from last year and a British sitcom about cancer starring Lizzy Caplan, but also the premieres of both S.W.A.T and S.M.I.L.F.! All this, plus an old-school horse opera and a two-part history lesson on five decades of Rolling Stone. Here's what you’ll be tuning into this November. (Our guide to the month's best streaming options will go up next week.
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‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive

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‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive
Miracle on 42nd Street” is a documentary detailing the story of the iconic apartment complex in Manhattan that was home to several artists during the late 1970s: The Manhattan Plaza.

The hour-long film will have its world premiere on November 11 during the Doc NYC festival. It is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor and Bronx native Chazz Palminteri, best known for his roles in “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Usual Suspects.”

Related:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island

Miracle on 42nd Street” depicts a time in which New York City was experiencing a profound financial crisis. Originally planned to be a luxurious apartment building, the Manhattan Plaza was repurposed to provide subsidized housing for artists, and thus it became a residential beacon of hope for people working in the performing arts in the late ’70s.

Apart from revitalizing the theater district around Times Square, the Manhattan
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‘No Stone Unturned’ Trailer: Oscar Winner Alex Gibney Seeks the Truth Behind an Unsolved Mass Murder

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‘No Stone Unturned’ Trailer: Oscar Winner Alex Gibney Seeks the Truth Behind an Unsolved Mass Murder
Known for making explosive investigative documentaries, Oscar winner Alex Gibney attempts to uncover the dark truth behind a 20-year-old pub massacre during a World Cup viewing in Northern Ireland. Though investigators described the crime scene as a ‘forensic goldmine,’ no one was ever arrested for the murders. In “No Stone Unturned,” Gibney continues his legacy of hard-hitting conspiracy documentaries that includes “Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and his Oscar-winning film, “Taxi to the Dark Side.” The new trailer hints at a massive government cover-up, evidence tampering, and secret political maneuvers.

“I’ll never forget their words: We will leave no stone unturned,” says one tearful woman, speaking of the investigation. “Those words ring in my ear to this day, because I don’t think they ever left a stone, never mind turned it.” Others interviewed seem just as emotional, angry, and
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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ Takes Top Honors at London Film Festival

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ Takes Top Honors at London Film Festival
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” has won the award for best film at the BFI London Film Festival, the second time that the Russian director has claimed the honor. The film, about a boy who vanishes while his parents undergo an acrimonious divorce, is Russia’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race.

The festival jury, headed by director Andrea Arnold, called “Loveless” a “very poetic and beautiful film, dark and told with a fierce passion. Although the film concentrated on the intimate story of one family in Russia, it felt like a universal tragedy, one that we recognized as one of the world¹s great sadnesses. The filmmaker elevated the personal to a social and political statement.

Loveless” screened in Cannes, and will be Zvyagintsev’s third film to be submitted as Russia’s official Oscar contender, after “The Return” and “Leviathan.” The latter won the London Film Festival’s award for best film in 2014.

At a ceremony
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Extra screenings of Wonder Wheel announced for Nyff by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-10-14 19:44:29

Woody Allen's inspiration for the title of his latest film - Wonder Wheel in Coney Island Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced additional screenings of the New York Film Festival's Closing Night selection, Woody Allen's melancholic Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, James Belushi, and Justin Timberlake.

Spotlight on Documentary films: Brett Morgen's Jane; Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned; Nancy Buirski's The Rape Of Racy Taylor; Myles Kane and Josh Koury's Voyeur - Main Slate: Chloé Zhao's The Rider; Dee Rees' Mudbound; Hong Sang-soo's The Day After; Special Event: Susan Froemke's The Opera House, and Film Comment Presents: A Gentle Creature, directed by Sergei Loznitsa, are the Sunday Encore films.

Public screenings of Wonder Wheel: Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm - - Alice Tully Hall; 6:15pm and 9:15pm - Walter Reade
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Griffin Dunne on Convincing Joan Didion to Make a Netflix Documentary

Griffin Dunne on Convincing Joan Didion to Make a Netflix Documentary
Joan Didion has been at the center of our cultural and political life for more than five decades, writing incisively on everything from war to rock music to murder in books such as “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” “The White Album,” and “Salvador.” As an essayist, novelist, critic, and screenwriter, she’s inspired a passionate following that is nearly unmatched in American letters. That status reached near deification levels with 2005’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” In it, she reflects on her own personal tragedy, recounting her grief after the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and her struggle to deal with the fatal illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo. By writing so unflinchingly about such a painful topic, she formed an even deeper connection with her readers.

It took her nephew, the filmmaker Griffin Dunne, to convince Didion to do what she had long resisted — sit down and shareher personal and professional remembrances on camera. The fruits
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Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, the Russo brothers are launching a Slamdance fellowship, Magnolia buys “The China Hustle,” and Bryan Singer is producing and possibly directing “The Anomaly.”

Slamdance Fellowship

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo are launching the Russo Brothers Fellowship, to be presented to a Slamdance filmmaker at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

The brothers will select one filmmaker, who will receive a $25,000 prize consisting of filmmaker support, an office at their new Los Angeles-based studio, mentoring from the duo, and a cash stipend for one year. The Russos’ new studio is in the downtown art district and has been developed with the goal of empowering and cultivating filmmakers.

“We’re very proud to partner with Slamdance,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “Having begun our careers at this festival, we’re honored to partner with such a great organization, and to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new
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No Stone Unturned review – murky aftermath of Northern Ireland massacre

Alex Gibney’s dogged documentary on the murder of six Catholics during the Troubles will help the victims’ families but fails to expose the cover-up

Documentary-maker Alex Gibney has put some heat under a cold case from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, reopening the file on a brutal and still mysteriously unsolved sectarian-gangland slaying from 1994.

Three Uvf gunmen massacred six innocent drinkers in a pub in Loughinisland, County Down – about 50 minutes’ drive from what may in a few years be the hard border with the Republic – as they watched Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. The victims had no connection with terrorism or activism, nor was any claimed; they were just Catholics, targeted in revenge for an earlier killing of Uvf members by Republicans.

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Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ Is An Audacious, Jaw-Dropping Work Of Journalism [Nyff Review]

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It’s a line we’ve all heard before, and it’s almost always a lie. But this time it’s true. Alex Gibney’s documentary “No Stone Unturned” is actually The Movie They Didn’t Want You to See. Back in April, “No Stone Unturned” was supposed to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, a venue that’s championed much of Gibney’s work in the past.

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Andrea Arnold, Emma Thomas Join BFI London Film Festival Jury

Andrea Arnold, Emma Thomas Join BFI London Film Festival Jury
Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold will head up the official competition jury at this year’s 61st BFI London Film Festival. Emma Thomas, producer of “Dunkirk” and the Oscar-nominated “Inception,” will also serve on the jury.

The festival’s Best Film Award recognizes inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, with the jury selecting the winner from a short-list of 12 titles. Last year’s winner was Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

Joining Arnold (pictured) and Thomas on the official competition jury are actors Eric Bana and Lily Cole; British-Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari; programmer Ashley Clark; and Alexei Popogrebsky, head of directing at Moscow Film School.

This year’s official competition lineup comprises Robin Campillo’s “120 Beats Per Minute”; Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White”; Majid Majidi’s “Beyond the Clouds”; Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner”; Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s “Good Manners”; Xavier Beauvois’ “The Guardians”; Andrew Haigh’s “Lean On Pete”; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless”; Azazel Jacobs’ “The
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'No Stone Unturned': Film Review | Nyff 2017

'No Stone Unturned': Film Review | Nyff 2017
A peculiar subject for a film by the maker of big-picture, high-profile documentaries about Enron, WikiLeaks and Scientology, the 1994 slaying of six Catholics in a small town in North Ireland is a crime whose evils seem indistinguishable (for a viewer on this side of the world, at least) from countless others of its time. It came toward the end of the Irish Troubles but was in no way a culminating event; its aftermath involved layers of coverup, but that was the norm for such cases. In No Stone Unturned, Alex Gibney may want to replicate what he did so...
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