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July 29, 2008



i wonder though if MAN ON WIRE's Oscar frontrunner status will survive a "swell" of support for something like TROUBLE THE WATER (which is less cinematic and uses a lot of home video footage, so it may not be shorltisted because of "certian procedures" within the branch - a la GRIZZLY MAN) but is very powerful, and was directed by two Michael Moore producers, and described by Manhola Dargis as "one of the best American documentary in recent memory." It opens on August 22 to qualify, and may expand if it does well. And it will certianly be interesting to see if it can overcome it's lack of cinematic appeal to survive in the theartical marketplace. HBO would have qualified it anyway, so maybe a TV deal would have better served this film in terms of reaching a wider audience and waking up people to the reality of post-Katrina New Orleans. Altohugh, by that measure, I'm not sure what Spike Lee's two-parter `accomplished. If anyone can do it, it's Zeitgeist.

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