'Chicks' docu picked up, will preem in Toronto
The Weinstein Co. has acquired worldwide rights to the docu “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing,” directed by “Harlan County USA” helmer Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck.Pic will world preem as a gala presentation next month in Toronto. Weinstein Co., Sony Pictures Classics and other select specialty units had peeks at the film prior to its Toronto unveiling. Doc follows the female country music trio over three years while the band was under fire for publicly criticizing George Bush in 2003. Kopple and Peck produced via the Cabin Creek Films shingle, and pic was sold off through CAA and Dixie music manager Simon Renshaw. “The Dixie Chicks paid a huge price for questioning the invasion of Iraq and daring to say what millions of people were thinking,” Peck said. “Our film looks at the cost of standing up for what you believe in.” Pic is the first U.S. docu ever to nab a gala slot at Toronto. TWC will roll out the pic this fall.