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    IFP Sets Narrative Filmmaker Lab Projects

    Ten new narrative features at the rough cut stage have been selected to participate in IFP's 5th Independent Filmmaker Lab, which takes place next week. The Lab is an immersive, free mentorship program for low-budget (under $1 million) first feature films that have shot "all or a substantial amount ...

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    Cannes '09: Red Bucket Films Buttons, Part 1 - 3

    Filmmaker Josh Safdie recently approached indieWIRE about hosting a collection of 47 short videos that he, his brother Benny Safdie, and colleague Alex Kalman created at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where their new film, "Go Get Some Rosemary," had its world premiere.

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    Now on DVD: indieWIRE's Film Calendar

    It's headed to Cannes and previewed the summer, and now indieWIRE's Calendar section is taking on your living rooms. The section now includes DVD releases, as easily distinguished by the "disc" logo beside each film (versus the "film" logo). Each release's film page has the same info you may or ma...

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    "Transformers" Take On LAFF

    Film Independent has announced that what is essentially the opposite of independent filmmaking, Michael Bay's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," will have its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film - which stars Shia LaBeouf and involves a war between the Autobots and the...

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    12 Must See Films from Cannes '09 (plus one)

    From indieWIRE's vantage point, there are twelve absolute must-see films from Cannes '09. Actually, make that a baker's dozen with the inclusion on one additional movie. Not all on our list here were necessarily our personal favorites (we'll always have a soft spot for Pedro Almodovar for instance),...

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    Newport Getting "Loop"-y for June Fest

    Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," starring Anna Chlumski and James Gandolfini will open the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, taking place June 3 - 7 with 90 international and American features, docs and shorts joining the roster. The political drama centers on the aim of the U.S. president ...

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    Forward Thinking: Lee Isaac Chung's "Munyurangabo"

    [Editor's Note: "Munyurangabo" opens this Friday at New York's Anthology Film Archives.]

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    @SnagFilms: Memorial Day '09

    Exactly 140 years ago next week, America observed its first Decoration Day, meant to commemorate the lives lost by Union soldiers in the Civil War. Not until after World War I did what we now call Memorial Day come into being, a remembrance of all of the warrior lives lost in American wars. SnagFilm...

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    Low on Luster, Gilliam's "Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Winds up a Sideshow

    Marred by shoddy special effects and half-formed fantastical conceits, Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" has the feeling of a comic fantasia desperately seeking to find its rhythm. Nearly abandoned after the sudden death of leading man Heath Ledger prior to completing production ...

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    Gilliam: "It was people's love for Heath that propelled this thing forward."

    The words, "A film from Heath Ledger and friends," appear on screen at the conclusion of Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." Finished in the wake of Ledger's death last January, Gilliam initially shut down the film, but eventually re-grouped and found a way to sort out the st...

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