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Lake of Fire

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COUNTRY: U.S.

DIRECTOR: Tony Kaye

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Kaye, who notoriously clashed with New Line and star Edward Norton over the edit of “American History X” nearly a decade ago, has been shooting “Lake of Fire” for 16 years. Finally back in Hollywood’s good graces, he’s editing “Blackwater Transit,” a drama about a family in post-flood New Orleans, starring Laurence Fishburne.

FINANCING: Kaye funded the $6million project himself, and went bankrupt in the process.

THEME: Beautifully shot in 35mm B&W, “Lake” portrays a nation divided over the issue of abortion through thoughtful interviews, news reports and shockingly graphic footage.

VARIETY REVIEW SAYS: “An extraordinary docu achievement … balances a full spectrum of views from all sides of the abortion debate.”

DISTRIBUTION STATUS: ThinkFilm release grossed $27,000 thus far in more than three dozen markets, and is still playing in theaters regionally.

ON THE MAKING OF THE FILM: “There wasn’t a filmic document in the world that tried to explore, in an evenhanded way, both sides of the abortion argument,” Kaye says. “That to me was good enough reason to do it, and it’s defined me as a filmmaker. Not only have I observed the issue, but I’ve experienced it through the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz and Peter Singer and Nat Hentoff — all these brilliant and interesting minds.”

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