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    First Person: Richard Linklater on the 20th Anniversary of the Austin Film Society

    [This is the latest in a regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    Nader Set for Sundance

    Politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader is planning to make the trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival next week, according to sources close to a new film about him, Henriette Mantel & Stephen Skrovan's "An Unreasonable Man." The activist will see the movie for the first time with the festival audience. According to a description, the film includes a look at his early days fighting against GM and other corporations, as well as interviews exploring his life and work. In an interview published by indieWIRE yesterday, Mantel (who once worked for Nader as an office manager) explained, "I was so sick of people (mostly whiny Democrats) ye...

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    ASC Picks Five Nominees

    The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the five nominees for best feature film cinematography in 2005. Selected this year are Dion Beebe for "Memoirs of a Geisha," Robert Elswit for "Good Night, And Good Luck," Andrew Lesnie for "King Kong," Wally Pfister for "Batman Begins," a...

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    THINKFilm Bites "Eat" for the North America

    THINKFilm has picked up all North American theatrical rights to Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak's "When Do We Eat?", which the company calls "the first Passover comedy."  The film, starring Ben Feldman ("Perfect Man"), Michael Lerner ("Barton Fink"), Jack Klugman ("Twelve Angry Men") and Lesley Ann Warren ("Desperate Housewives"), will be released April 7th to coincide with the Passover celebration. The film is the story of a tough-love dad (Lerner) has to deal with hosting his father (Klugman) who never unpacks, his wife (Warren), who is intent on creating the perfect Seder, and his children who go out of their way to make the night an ...

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    Pamaount Specialty Division Names New EVP of Publicity and Promotions

    Paramount's revamped specialty division president John Lesher today named Megan Colligan as executive vice President of publicity and promotions. Colligan joins the specialty label from Fox Searchlight, where she has served as VP since 2002. During her tenure there, Colligan supervised the release of over 20 films including "Kinsey," "Napoleon Dynamite," and "Bend it Like Beckham" as well as others and also managed the Academy Award campaign for "Sideways," which received an Oscar nomination for best picture in 2004. She will spearhead campaigns for all of the label's releases and report to Lesher. "Megan is a great creative thinker and stra...

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    Polychrome Opens Theatrical Deal for "Red Doors"

    Writer/director Georgia Lee's award-winning debut feature film "Red Doors," produced by Blanc de Chine Entertainment, will be distributed by Polychrome Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Home Video. Polychrome acquired theatrical rights to "Red Doors" and will also handle TV and home video distribution via their Warner Bros. deal. In addition, Forward Entertainment has come on board to represent the film for worldwide sales excluding North America. The deals were brokered by Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures; Deutchman is also executive producer on the film. The film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded b...

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    As Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration, Redford & Sundance Find A Home In Brooklyn

    Citing the 40.6 degree of latitude shared between Park City, UT and Brooklyn, NY, this afternoon Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute joined the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in announcing a collaboration dubbed, Creative Latitude: Sundance Institute at BAM. To mark the 25th anniversary of th...

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    Paramount Classics Names Israel as New EVP of Production and Acquisitions

    Paramount Classics president John Lesher announced the appointment of Amy Israel as executive vice president of production and acquisitions at the studio's specialty film label. Israel joins Paramount Classics from The Orphanage, a film, TV, animation VFX company, where she has served as head of production and as a producer since 2003. She recently produced "Griffin & Phoenix," directed by Ed Stone. Israel recently co-executive produced "Shall We Dance" for Miramax Films, directed by Peter Chelsom and "Hysterical Blindness" for HBO, directed by Mira Nair. Prior to becoming a producer, Israel was co-head and senior vice president of the acqui...

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    indieWIRE's Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2005

    For the past eight years, indieWIRE's editors and contributors have put together a list of the best films we saw that didn't get U.S. distribution. For 2005, there were a number of strong contenders, which we have narrowed down to the top ten listed below (plus six honorable mentions). We didn't inc...

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    "Factotum" Dropped From Picturehouse Slate

    Just a month before its U.S. premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Bent Hamer's "Factotum" has lost its theatrical distribution deal with Picturehouse. A Picturehouse rep told indieWIRE that the film is no longer a company release, explaining, "Unfortunatley we weren't able to complete the deal due to delivery issues." When asked for further clarification, the rep would not specify the issues, explaining that an unresolvable legal matter prevented the deal. The spokesperson reiterated that the company picked up "Factotum" in Cannes this year but was simply not able to conclude the deal for the movie. It had been set for an early '06 re...

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