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Kopple to tackle war journos tale

Oscar-winning filmmaker out on 'Edge'

HOLLYWOOD — Two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple has inked a deal to direct digital feature “The Edge of Madness,” being produced by Green Dog Films and skedded to shoot on location in Eastern Europe in January.

With Bob Eisenhardt and Marijana Wotten, Kopple recently directed “Bearing Witness,” which follows the experiences of five female war correspondents in Iraq. Produced by A&E Indie Films, the docu debuts on the basic cabler on Thursday.

Fascinated by Kopple’s take on the terror and drama that such war reporters experience daily, Green Dog partners Jason Gurvitz and Yan Romanovsky enlisted her to tell the fictional story of a female journo covering the bloody war in Sarajevo. Gurvitz and Romanovsky will produce “Madness” with Phyllis Carlyle; Geno Havens penned the script.

“You’re always looking for that element of truthfulness,” Kopple said. “Once you have that, you can take it and put it in fictional characters.”

Kopple is at work on a segment for a 10-part doc about addiction for pay cabler HBO, centering on a Gotham steamfitters’ union with a remarkably successful recovery program.

She most recently directed the Media 8 indie feature “Havoc,” penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephan Gaghan (“Traffic”), about the head-on collision between two wannabe gangsta girls from an affluent L.A. neighborhood with drug-dealing gangbangers in East L.A..

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