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MercuryMedia picks up Alice Walker doc

UK distributor MercuryMedia has picked up Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, a four-years-in-the-making doc about the Pulitzer prize-winning author behind The Color Purple.
October 4, 2012

UK distributor MercuryMedia has picked up Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, a four-years-in-the-making doc about the Pulitzer prize-winning author behind The Color Purple.

The doc, from Kali Films, promises a candid portrait of the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and is directed by Pratibha Parmar. Mercury will bring the title to MIPCOM in Cannes next week, alongside a number of new titles.

Other acquisitions for the distributor include Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, which profiles the record label that was home to some of the most popular British acts of the 1990s, including Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine

Also new is Going Vertical, a doc which tells the story of the 60s Shortboard Revolution, from Australian producer Robert Raymond (Schindler’s List). The film focuses on the rivalries between the surf champions of Hawaii, California and Australia’s Gold Coast, and their quest to design the fastest, most agile surfboard.

Finally, Mormon Singles: from Duck Beach to Eternity promises rare access to the insular world of single Mormonism, and is billed as a timely accompaniment for any broadcaster’s U.S. presidential coverage.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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