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    DISPATCH FROM SAN FRANCISCO | George Lucas, Robin Williams, and More Honored as SF Int'l Fest Celebr

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the San Francisco International Film Festival welcomed about 600 of the city's well-heeled residents to the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square last night for the annual Film Society Awards night. Hollywood glitterati also made their way in for the big party, i...

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    MoMA Names Raj Roy Chief Curator of Film Department; Hamptons Artistic Director Succeeds Bandy

    Concluding a nearly year-long search, the Museum of Modern Art has named Rajendra Roy the Chief Curator for its Department of Film. The Artistic Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival and a member of the international competition selection committee for the Berlin International Film Fe...

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    FESTIVALS: IFFBoston Celebrates a Pivotal Fifth Year

    Only a few hours away from Manhattan, during the same opening weekend as the Tribeca Film Festival, a group of artists and audiences from around the globe gathered together in Boston for the fifth year in a row. Why do so many up-and-coming filmmakers (several from NYC) choose to spend their time he...

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    DISPATCH FROM TORONTO: Hot Docs Fest Comes of Age

    Weather can be as important to film festivals as it is to weddings... especially in Toronto. Particularly so for a festival like the Hot Docs where the distance between the Bloor and Royal cinemas can seem like a million miles on a cold, rainy (or even snowy) Toronto spring day. Hair gets ruined. An...

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    DISPATCH FROM TRIBECA | Mexico, France and Africa In Focus on Tribeca Fest's First Weekend

    Alternating days of sun and rain greeted the first weekend of the 6th Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan and whether it was the fluctuating weather conditions or the significantly higher prices, the festival's advance ticket sales were down, according to a number sources (and organizers recently sla...

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    REVIEW | Bad Education: Emmanuel Bordieu's "Poison Friends"

    "Poison Friends" revives a rare pleasure of moviegoing: articulacy. Ten years ago Phillip Lopate diagnosed a "Dumbing Down of American Movies," and the disproportionate praise given to reactionary "realism" in recent indies suggests that, as expectations shrivel, things have gotten stupider across t...

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    TRIBECA '07 | Critics Notebook 2: A Crossroads of Marriage and Nature

    Is it possible that the geographical sources of the best Tribeca films that touch on nature and the overall concept of beauty reveal some major lack in the West? By default? Perhaps the sterility of much of our consumer-friendly culture has pulled us away from the natural world and the realm of genu...

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    DOC COLUMN | Are Green Docs Hot?

    It seemed to come out of nowhere: a high-production value theatrical doc featuring the then media-shy former presidential candidate Al Gore. Skeptics abound prior to the release -- it was tough to imagine that an intellectual stiff like Gore could carry a feature doc about, of all things, global war...

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    TRIBECA '07 | Critics Notebook 1: Breaking Down a Carnival of Art and Politics

    Art and politics: two poles rightfully addressed by many of the selections in a film festival located (more and more virtually) near the festering hole that was the World Trade Center. The Tribeca Film Festival is so large (157 features) that this article covers those that most neatly fit into the "...

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    IN DEPTH | The Premieres Race; Rival Fests (Tribeca, SXSW, LAFF) Put Pinch on Filmmakers and Regiona

    When the Tribeca Film Festival begins this week, the event will unveil 75 world premieres, five international premieres, and 30 North American premieres. That's no easy feat during the spring and early summer months, which see a dozen high-profile regional festivals around North America, from SXSW t...

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