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iW THIS WEEK | In The News: AFI Fest, AFM, A Change in Denver, and Strike!

iW THIS WEEK | In The News: AFI Fest, AFM, A Change in Denver, and Strike!

The big news in the business this week was the start of a Writers Guild of America strike (now heading into its 5th day) against the Hollywood studios and TV networks. indieWIRE detailed the action ahead of Monday’s walkout. Meanwhile, in L.A., we reported on AFI Fest, which continues through Sunday. A trio of filmmmakers (Alex Cox, Alex Holdridge and Matt Ogen) balanced culture and commerce, as we reported earlier this week and also from AFI Fest, Werner Herzog offered some candid remarks on documentaries. Also this week, “Joe Strummer” topped the indie/specialty box office, Denver Film Festival co-founder Ron Henderson announced his coming retirement, Arthouse Films acquired Neil Ortenberg & Daniel O’Connor‘s “Obscene” and MoMA‘s Raj Roy joined the selection committee for the annual New Directors/New Films series, run by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. [Eugene Hernandez]

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