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Magnolia nabs Joaquin Phoenix doc

Phoenix_boffonew Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to director Casey Affleck’s “I’m Still Here,” the documentary  about Joaquin Phoenix’s genuine (?) attempt to pursue a career as a hip hop artist.

From his infamous stint on David Letterman to rapping melees around the country, “I’m Still Here” follows Phoenix’s bearded adventure which boggled the minds of fans and media beginning in the Fall of 2008.

Magnolia will release “I’m Still Here” on September 10, 2010.

New York – July 14, 2010 – The Wagner/Cuban Companies Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired world rights to Oscar-nominee Casey Affleck’s directorial debut, I’M STILL HERE, a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I’M STILL HERE follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

Magnolia will release I’M STILL HERE on Friday, September 10th.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s SVP Tom Quinn, Acquisitions VP Dori Begley and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson, with Liesl Copland for WME Global.

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