SPC, Participant on Morris docu

4:00 AM PST 11/06/2006 by Gregg Goldstein, AP

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Participant Productions and Sony Pictures Classics are teaming up on an Errol Morris documentary examining the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Participant's executive vp documentary production Diane Weyermann announced the project to an audience of hundreds at the AFM seminar "Who Backs Movies and Why" on Sunday.

Morris is now prepping the film, which will examine the infamous abuse and torture of inmates held as suspected terrorists in the Iraqi prison located 20 miles west of Baghdad. The scandal was revealed in 2004 when photos of inmates being tortured were published around the world.

Previous Participant-financed films include the hit documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The World According to Sesame Street."

When contacted, Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard declined comment on any details.

Morris is represented by Sloss Law.
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