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Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 20, 2011 at 8:55AM

Today on indieWIRE Tribeca launched, some big name directors lashed out at VOD, doc titan Werner Herzog offered his thoughts on Nicolas Cage and more.
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Today on indieWIRE Tribeca launched, some big name directors lashed out at VOD, doc titan Werner Herzog offered his thoughts on Nicolas Cage and more.

Tribeca Turns Ten

The 10th anniversary edition of the Tribeca Film Festival finally launched today after weeks of hype. To fete the occasion, indieWIRE posted the top 10 films to be excited for. Among the crop? Docs "The Bully Project, "Bombay Beach," and the comedy with the best title, "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy."

Filmmakers Take Issue with VOD

The National Association of Theater Owners today published an open letter speaking out against the launch of premium VOD, which puts films out on VOD 60 days after release. Among the 23 filmmakers that signed the letter: James Cameron, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro and Michael Mann.

Doc Legend Werner Herzog Goes 3D

Werner Herzog sat down with indieWIRE to discuss tackling the 3D realm in his latest documentary, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams." He even dished on working with Nicolas Cage and offered his thoughts on the actor's recent arrest.

New Blog Launched!

indieWIRE was proud to announce today the latest blog network addition, Shadow and Act, a resource for news and analysis around African-Americans across all entrainment platforms.

Festival News

The Festival de Cannes unveiled the list of Cinéfondation and Short Films jurors joining Michel Gondry for the 2011 edition of the event, while "Weekend" and "If a Tree Falls" cleaned up at the Nashville Film Festival.

Acquisitions

Red Flag Releasing nabbed North American rights to the Sundance AIDS doc "We Were Here" for a September release. And ahead of its North American premiere tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to David Gelb’s directorial debut, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” a documentary that about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono. The company plans for a theatrical release later this year.

R.I.P. Tim Hetheringon

Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington has been killed in Libya, it is being reported by Vanity Fair (where Hetherington worked as a contributing photographer). Though there are conflicting reports to the contrary, Vanity Fair is reporting that Hetherington’s colleague Chris Hondros is alive and remains in grave condition. indieWIRE, Thompson on Hollywood and The Playlist all reported on the sad turn of events.