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    Sixth High Falls Film Festival to Open with "Copying Beethoven"

    Women will again take center stage at the 6th High Falls Film Festival (November 8 - 13) in Rocherster, NY, opening with Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven" starring Ed Harris and Diane Kruger. Holland as well as actress Famke Janssen (featured in festival film "The Treatment") and producer Lauren Shuler Donner ("X-Men") will be the recipients of the festival's Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" Award, which honors women in the film industry "who have persevered in their careers and triumphed over difficulties." Also taking honors is Telluride Film Festival co-founder Stella Pence, who will receive High Falls' first Stanton Award. O...

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    Oscar Consideration for Animated Feature Deadline Nov. 1

    The deadline for the Animated Feature Film category for the 79th Academy Awards is fast approaching. To qualify, filmmakers must submit entry forms and supporting material to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences by 5pm PST Wednesday, November 1. The deadline to submit accompanying prints...

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    Six Selected for Academy's 2006 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

    Six new screenwriters, two who wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 21st Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive the first installment of the prestigious fellowship's $30,000 prize money at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 16. This year's recipients are: Alfred E. Carpenter and Mark A. Matusof for "38 Mercury"; Arthur M. Jolly for "The Free Republic of Bobistan"; Stephanie Lord for "Palau Rain"; Josh D. Schorr for "10 Day Contract"; and Scott K. Simonsen for "Tides of Summer." The winners were se...

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    Avignon/New York Fest to Fete John Turturro

    Actor/writer/director John Turturro will participate in a tribute to his work at the 12th annual Avignon/New York Film Festival. Mr. Turturro will receive the 1st Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cinema Award for Independent Cinema, which consists of samples of vintages from the famous French wine region for the next ten years. The line up for the festival's 12th event in New York (Avignon/New York is the American version of the 24-year-old Avignon Film Festival in Provence) includes premieres of 20 new features, documentaries and shorts from the U.S. and Europe. Turturro's "Romance and Cigarettes," will close the festival, which runs November 15 - 19 at ...

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    The Guardian Interview: Mike Figgis

    Mike Figgis has lost his notebook. His big night, a live show featuring "digital postcards" of the capital made by seven filmmakers, is less than a week away and the notepad contains all his ideas for the project. As if that's not enough, his filmmakers have yet to deliver the goods. "I don't foresee getting much sleep between now and Friday," says the director, sitting in the London offices of his production company. With his necktie, fuzz of hair and T-shirt bearing the legend "Godard Is God," Figgis is looking very much the bohemian auteur. "Although I promised not to harass the filmmakers on content, I think it's fair to harass them on de...

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    Hollywood Fest Awards Prizes

    Terry Green's "Heavens Fall" won the best feature film prize at the 2006 Hollywood Discovery Awards, capping the annual Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles. Philippe Diaz' "The Empire in Africa" won the award for best documentary and Eelko Ferwerda's "American Dreams" won the best short film prize, with Mayur Deshpande winning best animated short or "Haptics." Meanwhile, in Beverly Hills the next night, organizers hosted the annual Hollywood Awards ceremony, named Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" the Hollywood Movie of the Year. Nearly 100,000 voters selected the winner via the Yahoo Movies and Entertainment Tonight websites. For a comp...

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    AWARDS WATCH: A 'Crisis for Independent Films'? Gotham Award Nominations Spark Debate

    There's nothing like award season to bring out debate. Even at the Independent Feature Project's Gotham Awards, a relative newcomer and comparatively small player in the end-of-year accolade glut, the announcement on Monday that the Gotham's best film contenders included three studio pictures, Marti...

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    Wind Dancer Sets Development Fund

    This week, Matt Williams' Wind Dancer ("Walker Payne", "What Women Want", "Where The Heart Is") announced a development fund from private equity investors to develop 12 - 15 feature films over the next three years. Citing an emphasis on comedies, action, teen, family and romantic, as well as charact...

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    AFM Announces Seminars for November Event

    This year, the American Film Market (AFM) will host a record 13 sessions, with a broad range of topics and issues relevant to the global entertainment industry and feature a diverse cross section of entertainment executives, filmmakers and talent from across the globe. The series will kick off with the AFM Finance Conference on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, with additional panels taking place at the JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel through Tuesday, Nov. 7. The American Film Market takes place November 1-8 in Santa Monica, CA, and is North America's largest film market. For a full schedule of seminars, including participants, visit...

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    AP: "Cross" shows Jesus as being a black man

    It's a familiar image for millions of Christians: Jesus Christ, with a crown of thorns, hanging from the cross. What color is he? In a controversial new film opening Friday, he is black. "Color of the Cross" tells a traditional story, focusing on the last 48 hours of his life as told in the Gospels. In this version, though, race contributes to his persecution. It is the first representation in the history of American cinema of Jesus as a black man. Filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre set out to change that with "Color of the Cross." LaMarre, who plays Jesus, wrote, directed and financed the film. It will open in 30 theaters in predominantly black n...

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