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    REVIEW | Raw Meat: Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"

    Everything about Richard Linklater's terrific new movie "Fast Food Nation" is something of a red herring. A film about huge subjects writ tiny, this freeform fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-selling nonfiction expose of the meat and processed food industries is not really about the meat...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Aaron Katz, director of "Dance Party USA"

    Director Aaron Katz's 2006 SXSW Film Festival feature "Dance Party USA" is the story of teens, Jessica and Gus. The aimless pair connect at a 4th of July party, but when Gus shares a dark secret, their connection may be severed. Katz co-directed 2005's "All the Stage is a World" with Chad Hartigan a...

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    Cage and Connery Ready for Honors at 3rd Bahamas International Film Festival

    The Bahamas International Film Festival announced plans for its third annual event taking place at the Atlantis Paradise Resort outside Nassau December 7 - 10. As previously announced, Oscar winner Nicolas Cage will be the recipient of the Career Achievement Tribute, while the BIFF Tribute Chopard Award will go to Sir Sean Connery. Director Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" will open the festival and six films will screen in the fest's narrative competition, while five are slated for the doc competition. BIFF's "New Visions" competition includes six titles, and the festival will screen additional work in its Panorama World Cinema and Caribb...

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    Global Film Initiative Moves to San Francisco

    The Global Film Initiative, an international organization which focuses on promoting "cross-cultural understanding" by funding and distributing films from developing countries in the United States has moved its offices from New York to San Francisco. The Initiative aims to capitalize on the emerging technologies coming out of the Bay Area. As part of the move to San Francisco, the Global Film Initiative has hired key new staff members, including new executive director Kristin Wiederholt, Sheila Cadigan who takes of the role of director of acquisitions, development and marketing and Santhosh Daniel who will serve as the new director of grantin...

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    MoMA to Present Full Ten Hour "Mondovino"

    New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present the theatrical premiere of the full version of Jonathan Nossiter's winemaking documentary "Mondovino," presented in five two-hour programs December 2 - 10. Shot over several years in seven countries, the film is actually ten autonomous stories expl...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Darryl Hunt" Doc

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," which debuted back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by ThinkFilm. The company is planning a 2007 release of the film, which has just been named to the short list of films under consideration for a best documenta...

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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 79th Academy Awards. Eighty-one eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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    REVIEW | Buzz Kill: Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration"

    Breaking free of the mockumentary shackles that had become his exclusive domain, Christopher Guest gets back to mirthful basics with "For Your Consideration," which is less a La-La-Land satire than a glorious sketch comedy throwback. The Guest troupe, many of whom hail from the Seventies Canadian sh...

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    REELER: What's Up at the Village Voice?

    For weeks now, indie film insiders have been bemoaning the steady stream of departures at The Village Voice. In a lengthy 3,000 word story at The Reeler, S.T. VanAirsdale takes a close look at the paper and the big changes that have been taking place in the Film section at the publication. As VanAirsdale noted, "readers have witnessed the last six months' turnover and attrition spin the 51-year-old paper into a somewhat benign -- some would say banal -- version of its former self." And as he adds in the opening of the article:For everyone fretting about the changes sweeping the vaunted film section of the Village Voice, you can relax: Jim Hob...

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    Cinema Libre Partners to Produce and Distribute Feature Films

    L.A.-based distributor Cinema Libre that it will produce two to five humanitarian, environmental or social issue movies per year in partnership with non-profit foundations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). The company's first film made in partnership with the international aid organization Action Against Hunger, "The Empire In Africa," was selected for the Critics Week at Cannes and has won best documentary awards this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. The film, co-financed by both companies, examines the humanitarian crises resulting from the decade long civil war in Sierra Leone. A second project, "Progress vs. Poverty," has re...

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