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MPI Loads Up Indie Film Label Dokument

5 Sep, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

The name may be cute, but the intentions are serious. MPI Media Group is launching a new independent film line, for theatrical, DVD and digital delivery releases.

Dokument Films already has a half dozen films ready to go.

“Around the world, great filmmakers are still making unique and thought-provoking films,” said Greg Newman, VP of acquisitions and development for MPI/Dokument. “The mission of Dokument is to ensure that these films find their audience in America. And while we are sincerely dedicated to the independent theatrical market, Dokument is equally committed to the new opportunities created by digital technology. Dokument's goal is to discover and deliver the next generation of independent cinema for a new breed of moviegoers.”

The initial film slate includes:

  • Strike, an epic from director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), based on a true story of the woman who triggered the 1980 Gdansk shipyard strike and co-founded Poland's Solidarity union.

  • This Filthy World, John Waters' one-man performance, filmed before a live New York City audience by director Jeff Garlin.

  • James Ellroy's Feast of Death, a documentary on “the Demon Dog of American crime fiction” and his obsessions with the unsolved murders of both The Black Dahlia and his mother.

  • Most High, with star/director/co-writer Marty Sader as an educated professional who deals with a crystal meth addiction.

  • Puppy, a controversial Australian thriller that the Philadelphia City Paper hails as “A twisted combination of Misery and Buffalo 66.”

  • Eight Miles High, where Natalia Avelon plays infamous German wild child Uschi Obermaier, the groupie turned supermodel who had scandalous affairs with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

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