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National Geographic covers ‘God’

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I had thought that when President Bob Berney sold Newmarket films and merged HBO Films and Fine Line features to form Picturehouse that it was R.I.P for the company that distributed The Passion of Christ, Memento and Whale Rider. Apparently, Newmarket are still very much in the distribution game and today Variety reports that National Geographic World Films has teamd up with them in a deal to distribute this power doc. While it would be silly to expect a March of the Penguins-like returns, nonetheless the company that we all know best as the yellow covered nature magazine has less to do with paper and more to do with celluloid.

Winner of this year’s Sundance grand jury prize and audience award, Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker’s God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary film that describes the tale of John, Daniel, and Panther. Lost, they had no home, no family, no hope. Then they came to America, where they were given three months. Three months to learn how to use electricity, how to live in Western culture, how to support themselves. Three months to start paying back the U.S. State Department for their plane tickets. They are the Lost Boys of Sudan, and this is their inspiring story of their triumph in their own words.

With tons of producers involved including A-List actor Brad Pitt, this is narrated by Nicole Kidman and should get an early release next year. Clearly the Sundance’s 06’ documentary section has been hitting them out of the ballpark – An Inconvenient Truth and The Ground Truth are just some examples to cite.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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