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The Exchange Exec Team Opens Up About the Indie Film Market at Berlin

By forging key partnerships with filmmakers, financiers and distributors through the years, The Exchange, founded by veteran sales executive and CEO Brian O’Shea, has grown to become a leading worldwide sales and finance company. Together with VP of acquisitions & production Caddy Vanasirikul, and the rest of the team, The Exchange has backed a diverse […]

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Dogwoof boards Covid-19 doc from ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ director David France

The HBO documentary about the race for a vaccine will be introduced at the EFM.Dogwoof has secured international sales rights to the upcoming documentary from Welcome To Chechnya director David France, which it is introducing to buyers at this week’s European Film Market (EFM).The untitled feature will explore the global race to research, develop and […]

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Oscars: Best Visual Effects Predictions 2021

Thanks to the pandemic and the absence of big budget, VFX-intensive studio films, this is the wildest, most idiosyncratic VFX shortlist in Academy history. How else do you explain the inclusion of such outliers as HBO’s “Welcome to Chechnya” (the first documentary entry in the category), “Bloodshot” (Sony), the low-budget Vin Diesel comic book actioner, […]

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‘Crip Camp’ Wins Best Feature at IDA Documentary Awards – Full Winner’s List

The International Documentary Association has announced the winners of the 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards, with “Crip Camp” taking home the top prize.The ceremony was hosted by actor Willie Garson, with musical entertainment from Ruby Ibarra, who performed the theme from “A Thousand Cuts.”Directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, “Crip Camp” received the best […]

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Filmmakers Attribute Growing Demand for Documentaries to Streaming Sites

Documentary and docuseries creators have found themselves amidst a rapidly expanding market for their work.During the FYC Fest documentary roundtable, Variety‘s Matt Donnelley discussed the state of documentary filmmaking with panelists including “Time” director Garrett Bradley, “Boys State” director Amanda McBaine, “Rebuilding Paradise” director Ron Howard, “The Dissident” director Bryan Fogle, “Welcome to Chechnya” director […]

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‘Welcome to Chechnya’ documentary wins key award ahead of 2021 Oscar season

The HBO Max documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” won a big award recently from Doc NYC, the largest documentary festival in the United States. The film, which documents the efforts to protect LGBTQ youth escaping abuse from the Chechen Republic of Russia, claimed the Doc NYC Producing Award, honoring producers Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold […]

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‘Welcome to Chechnya’ Director Reacts to U.S. Sanctions Against Chechen Leader

David France, the director of “Welcome to Chechnya,” can’t say for sure that his documentary played a role in pushing the U.S. government to place sanctions on the country’s leader, but it certainly looks that way.The film, about the Chechen government’s sanctioned arrests and torture of LGBTQ people in the autonomous Russian region, premiered less […]

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The Exchange picks up Sundance premiere ‘Spree’ for Efm sales (exclusive)

Brian O’Shea makes second buy after Welcome To Chechnya.In its second pick-up of a Sundance title, The Exchange has taken international sales rights to satire Spree and will launch sales at the Efm next week.After Brian O’Shea and his team acquired sales rights to Sundance documentary Welcome To Chechnya, Spree complements a slate that include […]

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The Exchange heads to Efm with ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ (exclusive)

HBO is North American distributor on acclaimed documentary.Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange has acquired international sales rights to David France’s Sundance documentary and Berlin Panorma selection Welcome To Chechnya.HBO is the North American distributor of the highly regarded film, one of the stand-out titles in Park City that chronicles the current anti-lgbtq persecution raging in the […]

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