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Legit pic ‘Embedded’ on Sundance Channel

Film version premiered at Venice Film Festival

NEW YORK — The Sundance Channel has bought the pay TV rights to the taped version of Tim Robbins’ satirical antiwar play “Embedded.”

Legiter, written and directed by Robbins and performed by him and his Actors Gang troupe, premiered onstage in Los Angeles in July 2003 and migrated to New York City’s Public Theater in March.

In a statement, Robbins expressed his gratitude to Sundance Channel for taking on “Embedded.” But it’s all in a day’s work for the network, which has become a thriving outlet for controversial documentaries.

In the runup to the presidential election of 2004, Sundance ran two docus by Robert Greenwald: “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War” and “Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election.”

The network also carried the five-hour pro-John Kerry doc “National Anthem: Inside the ‘Vote for Change’ Concert Tour,” led by Bruce Springsteen, the Dave Matthews Band and Bonnie Raitt. And Sundance plays an edited videotape of the daily radio show hosted by Bush basher Al Franken.

The film version of “Embedded,” which, like the play, was directed by Robbins, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September but didn’t get a theatrical release in the U.S.