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'CSNY' docu will carry on via Lionsgate

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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are finalizing a deal for U.S. rights to the politically charged Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rockumentary "CSNY — Deja Vu." Fortissimo Films, which acquired the film from Shangri-La, has sold rights to 15 more international territories.

The feature, directed by Neil Young, chronicles the group's 2006 Freedom of Speech tour in support of Young's "Living in War" album.

The anti-Iraq War theme and songs like "Let's Impeach the President" increasingly polarized audiences as the band traveled to southern states. Interviews with soldiers and others affected by the war are mixed in with the concert footage.

When the film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the band members expressed a desire to release it before the November elections to encourage debate. A summer domestic release is planned, followed by a release in other countries throughout the summer.

Fortissimo already has sold the film to Australia, Europe, Israel, Japan and Latin America. (partialdiff)