Filmmaker James Longley's Award-Winning Documentary Shot with Panasonic Cameras

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SECAUCUS, NJ (November 7, 2006) - The highly-acclaimed feature documentary

Iraq in Fragments

, from director James Longley, will have its U.S. theatrical premiere at Film Forum in New York City on November 8. The film has been a favorite at domestic and international film festivals after its incredible success at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the recipient of three major prizes. To capture the award-winning documentary, Longley spent more than two years on-location shooting 300+ hours of footage with


AG-DVX100 series mini-DV 3-CCD 24p camcorders.

A work in three parts,

Iraq In Fragments

offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

Regarding his choice of DVX100 series cameras, Longley,

Iraq in Fragments

‘ director, cinematographer, editor (along with Billy McMillin and Fiona Otway) and producer (with John Sinno), said, “Using the DVX100, I felt very uninhibited in the way I was shooting. I did things with the camera that I never would have tried with a more costly instrument. I put the camera inside the openings of brick ovens, ran full-speed with the camera down Baghdad alleys, shot during dust storms at 110 degrees. At one point, the camera got so hot during the filming of a brick factory in northern Iraq that the Rycote wind cover on my microphone caught on fire. But the camera never stopped recording.”

Iraq in Fragments

premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where it was honored with the awards for Excellence in Documentary Cinematography, Documentary Directing and Documentary Film Editing. Since then, the film has screened at more than 35 film festivals, earning accolades such as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage in Filmmaking, and the Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, among others.

Iraq in Fragments

was picked up by Typecast Releasing, and will be released to theatres this fall in association with HBO Documentary Films.

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Iraq in Fragments

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Incorporating exclusive CineSwitch™ technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and 480p/30fps image capture, Panasonic's DVX100 series of mini-DV camcorders has set the standard for affordable 24p acquisition and been proven performers with hundreds of independent movies, TV programs, commercials, and documentaries to their credit. Like earlier models in the series, the 1/3" 3-CCD AG-DVX100B offers outstanding audio performance, extensive auto and manual controls, and a CineGamma curve that truly emulates the rich look of film.



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