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Blackwell to Palm music doc

Fest pic to bow on Sundance Channel Oct. 3

NEW YORK — Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures has picked up North American and Caribbean rights to music doc “Tom Dowd & the Language of Music.”

Mark Moormann-helmed doc profiles the life of music producer and recording engineer Tom Dowd.

Dowd was a pioneer whose technical achievements brought him in contact with some of the biggest names in music. Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin are among the artists who make appearances.

Pic, which screened at Sundance, SXSW and Nashville fests, will first bow on the Sundance Channel Oct. 3 as part of its monthlong music series “Sonic Cinema.” Palm will place it in theaters later this year and release a DVD in 2004.

A trio of Palm execs brought in “Tom Dowd”: David Koh, Mark Ragone and Blackwell, a music innovator himself.

“We want to continue our tradition of releasing great music documentaries,” said Koh. “It will be a film that anyone with even the most fleeting interest in music will find hard to resist.”

Distrib’s current releases include Claude Berri’s “The Housekeeper” and Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle.”