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    Skouras Gets "Swimmers"

    Skouras Films has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Doug Sadler's "Swimmers." The company plans to release the movie in major markets next year and Sundance Channel has secured pay television rights, in a deal negotiated by Cinetic Media. Melanie Backer, David W. Leitner, and Michael Yanko produced the movie, which won the Grand Jury Prize Award for Best New American Film at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival. It debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is described as the "inspiring story of human frailty and individual strength in the face of a fracturing American dream." Tara Devon Gallagher, featured a...

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    IFP Unveils Gotham Award Nominations

    An eclectic mix of films has been nominated for the 15th annual Gotham Awards, to be presented in New York City on November 30, 2005. Once again, the night will usher in an awards season that will continue for more than three months, culminating with the 78th Academy Awards in early March of next ye...

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    Idle Worship: Greg Whiteley's "New York Doll"

    "Rock history," as we know it, fueled by the obsessiveness and stunted adolescent Romanticism of its worse (and more numerous) chroniclers, basically consists of a heap of cliches so rancid that even calling them out for their rottenness has become a bit hackneyed. The druggy, self-important musicians whose corpses litter a "Mojo" subscription don't just die -- they die for our sins, self-fulfilling prophesies ushered into necrophilic canonization by the photographers who kept busy during their living years, and the journo hacks who stay busy thereafter. Rock history movies don't fare much better -- "24 Hour Party People" may have made a clai...

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    Dispatch from Brazil: "2 Filhos de Francisco" Blazes the Brazilian Box Office With Hopes for Oscar

    The selection process is frustrating and often bewildering, but the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is still the holy grail for international films looking to break into the North American market. Sure, it has its flaws, but what other award offers more mainstream exposure for those fi...

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    Balcony Releasing Gets "39 Pounds of Love" and "Trudell"

    Balcony Releasing has acquired two new feature films for release in the United States and Canada. Dani Menkin's "39 Pounds of Love" is about a 34-year-old man who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and given six years to live. The film recently received the 2005 Ophir for Best Documentary, the Israeli equivalent of an Academy Award. "39 Pounds of Love" will open in New York City on Dec. 23. In "Trudell," which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the story of Native-American activist and poet John Trudell. The film is expected to open in New York City and Los Angeles in January. Connie Whit...

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    5 Questions for Susan Kaplan, director of "Three of Hearts"

    For more than a year now, Susan Kaplan's "Three of Hearts" -- the story of a 'trinogomous' relationship between two men and a woman -- has been receiving overwhelming acclaim on the film festival circuit. Kaplan explores what might seem like a sensational subject in "Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Fa...

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    Saluting Bob Berney and Toasting a Commitment to Finding Gems

    While managing the Showcase Cinema, a suburban Dallas art-house in the early 80's, Picturehouse president Bob Berney infamously screened Jean-Luc Godard's "Every Man For Himself"; his local patrons demanded refunds. But it wasn't long before Berney, who had worked as an AMC Theaters projectionist wh...

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    Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies" Invokes Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis 1950s Duo

    Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies" brings back the seamy underbelly view of the 1950s, a decade that tends to be remembered as the halcyon days of suburban America. The film is a thinly veiled account of the partnership between Dean Martin, played by Colin Firth, and Jerry Lee Lewis, played by Kevin Bacon, who were a formidable duo in Hollywood during the '50s. A dead woman is found in their hotel room one night during their heyday, and a reporter comes on the scene to dig up the case two decades later. Separate from the film, but adding to the legend of Martin and Lewis, is Lewis' soon-to-be-released memoir about their relationship - and s...

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    The Palestinian Invasion: Will "Paradise Now" Be the Biggest Arabic-Language Film Ever?

    Two years ago, Hany Abu-Assad's "Rana's Wedding" -- a political comedy about a Palestinian woman's mishaps getting married in Ramallah -- debuted in U.S. theaters with favorable reviews and the hopes of capturing the art-house market and offering American audiences a uniquely Palestinian perspective...

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    At A Weekend Forum, Considering The Challenges of Film Distribution Today

    Democracy is coming to the world of independent film. Soon, people wanting to see whatever specialty film they want whenever they want it will no longer be dependent on distributors and exhibitors to set their agenda. And struggling filmmakers will benefit by finding more outlets for their work. Tha...

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