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    John Lasseter to Receive Sonoma Fest Honors at 10th Annual Event

    Two-time Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter ("Toy Story") will be feted at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival. The evening will feature a look back at Mr. Lasseter's career, and feature guest appearances and toasts from his friends and creative collaborators, including, according to the festival, "many of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, writers, directors and industry leaders." Sonoma presents 75 independent films annually, including feature length narratives, documentaries, shorts, and student films. The festival, which runs April 11-15 in the famed California wine-growing region, is still accep...

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    Full Frame Takes 10 for '07 Fest

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has asked ten filmmakers, writers and producers have been invited to select a doc "that has spoken to her or him during this time about our culture and the art of documentary filmmaking" for its tenth anniversary event taking place April 12 - 15. The Ten include St. Clair Bourne, Charles Burnett, Ariel Dorfman, Cara Mertes, Walter Mosley, Michael Moore, Mira Nair, D.A. Pennebaker, Julia Reichert, and Martin Scorsese. According to Full Frame, "the challenge given to the curators was to choose a film, not necessarily made in the past decade nor even shown at the festival, that in some way illuminates the...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI: At a Film Fest in Dubai, Asking the Question, 'What is Arab Cinema?'

    Much has been written about the city of Dubai and its intended status as a new global capital. Rapidly growing along the Arabian Sea, the mostly modern city has literally sprouted up over the past decade and become a growing force here in the Middle East. Paralleling the rise of this United Arab Emi...

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    Fusion LGBT Fest Names Winners

    Ray Yeung's "Cut Sleeve Boys" won the best feature prize at the recent 4th annual Fusion: the Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, with the prize for best narrative short going to Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett's "The DL Chronicles, Episode: Robert." Best doc short went to "I'm Still Here: Becoming Legendary" by Reach LA. "We are proud to celebrate the winning directors and their films, and have been fortunate to share their talent and diverse visions," commented Kim Yutani, Outfest's Associate director of programming. "Their compelling stories and quality filmmaking have resonated with enthusiastic audiences this year." OUtfes...

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    Guber Named Chair of Staten Island Fest '07

    Mandalay Entertainment Group CEO Peter Guber has been named the Staten Island Film Festival's "Festival Chairman for 2007," the organization announced Tuesday. The fest is slated to take place June 20 - June 24, 2007. "The borough of Staten Island is proud to have a well-known figure, Peter Guber, f...

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    AFP: South Korean director to get presidential award

    A South Korean director who won the Grand Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival is to receive a presidential award for raising the country's profile overseas, it was announced. Park Chan-Wook took the Cannes prize with his revenge thriller "Old Boy," part of a trilogy, but has now branched out into...

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    AP: Is Gore pursuing Oscar nod or presidency

    Al Gore is waging a fierce campaign for recognition and an Oscar statuette for his global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," while reviving talk that he's pursuing a bigger prize: the presidency. His recent itinerary has been the ultimate in high profile. The former vice president made sel...

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    REVIEW | Out of the Past: Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words"

    Spanish-born writer-director Isabel Coixet treads delicate territory with alternately slippered feet and hammer toes in "The Secret Life of Words," an admirably intimate, character-driven work that burdens itself with more importance than it can ultimately handle. Without spoiling the film's final r...

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    BBC: Oscar hopefuls hit by BAFTA rule

    A rule change means Oscar hopefuls Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and George Clooney cannot be entered for the 2007 Bafta film awards. Bafta has decided only movies released in the UK before its ceremony on 11 February are eligible, instead of the end of March, as in previous years. Some of the majo...

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    AFP: Communist-era love story cinches top Moroccan film award

    A love story set in bleak communist-era East Germany scooped the top Gold Star award at the sixth Marrakesh International Film Festival studded with international luminaries. "Der Rote Kakadu" or "The Red Cockatoo," by German film director Dominique Graf, trumped 15 other films vying for the best film award in the sun-washed Moroccan city. Tracing an affair in 1961 Dresden between a theater scenery painter and a poet, "The Red Cockatoo" also handed German actor Max Riemelt the best actor award. The drama was among a total of 120 movies screened over nine days in Marrakesh. The 15 in competition hailed from countries as diverse as Italy, Iran,...

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