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Daily Bite: Alex Gibney, Seattle Film Festival, and Saoirse Ronan
01 May 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
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Alex Gibney to direct Frank Sinatra documentary for HBO
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is set to direct and produce an untitled four-hour documentary on the life and times of musician Frank Sinatra. Gibney is known for making groundbreaking and thought-provoking documentaries such as ‘Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room’ and ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’. The Sinatra documentary will contain never before seen footage of home movies and private performances by Sinatra himself. Nancy Sinatra will serve as executive producer alongside Frank Marshall on the film, and it will premiere on HBO once it’s completed. Gibney recently directed ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’, a documentary that explored the issue of paedophilia in the Catholic Church. The documentary also went on to win ‘Best Feature Documentary’ at this year’s IFTAs. Gibney’s next documentary, ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks’, which takes a look at the scandal surrounding Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, will be released in America next month.

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’ to close Seattle Film Festival
The North American premiere of Sofia Coppola’s upcoming feature ‘The Bling Ring’ will close the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, a 25-day event that draws more viewers than any other American festival. The film will have its world premiere at Cannes in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. The story centres on a group of teenagers living in Los Angeles who gained notoriety by breaking into the homes of A-list celebrities. In total, the festival will screen 272 features and 175 shorts from 85 countries and will have 49 world premiers, 48 North American premieres and 17 U.S. premiers. Special tributes will also be presented to ‘Twin Peaks’ actor Kyle MacLachlan and to British director Peter Greenaway. As well as this, the festival will also debut its African Pictures Program, which has been partially funded by a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The program will include 18 films from Africa, including Tobias Lindholm’s ‘A Hijacking’ and Yousry Nasrallah’s ‘After the Battle’. For additional information on the festival, click here.

Watch the new trailer for ‘Violet & Daisy’, starring Saoirse Ronan
A new trailer for ‘Violet & Daisy’, starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan and American actress Alexis Bledel, has been released online. Directed by first-time director Geoffrey Fletcher, he also won an Oscar in 2010 for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film ‘Precious’. The film centres on two female assassins who accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan. The film actually premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2011, and has been touring around several film festivals ever since. The film has now received an American release date, June 7th, with hopes of an Irish release date to be announced in the near future. The film also stars James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

To watch the trailer, click the video below.

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