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Documentary 'No Stone Unturned' withdrawn from Tribeca Film Festival

By Karen Butler
Documentary 'No Stone Unturned' withdrawn from Tribeca Film Festival
Alex Gibney arrives at a photo call for the film "Sinatra: All or Nothing at All" during the 10th annual Rome International Film Festival on October 18, 2015. Gibney's new documentary "No Stone Unturned" has been withdrawn from the Tribeca Film Festival due to legal issues. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

April 15 (UPI) -- Fine Point Films says it has withdrawn its true-crime documentary No Stone Unturned from the Tribeca Film Festival due to legal issues.

Directed by Alex Gibney, the film was to have its world premiere at this month's festival in New York.

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"In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland," a synopsis of the documentary explained. "With a police investigation that was perfunctory at best, the case remained unsolved. In this non-fiction murder mystery, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the original case to investigate why no culprit was ever brought to justice."

"We are bitterly disappointed that as a result of ongoing legal issues relating to the subject matter of the film, No Stone Unturned is not yet ready to be screened at Tribeca 2017," producer Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films said in a statement Friday. "No one will feel this disappointment more than the families at the center of the film, whose quest for justice has been both inspiring and unstinting these last 23 years. It is our deepest hope that these sensitive issues can be resolved as soon as possible so that we can share this important film with the world."

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"We were notified today from the producers of Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned that there are outstanding legal issues surrounding the film and they will need to withdraw the documentary from the festival," Tribeca's organizers said in their own statement. "We are very disappointed that audiences will not be able to see the film at Tribeca and we know Alex is equally disappointed that his film will not have its world premiere at the festival." 

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is to take place April 19-30.

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