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    SF360: Case studies in indie distribution at Digimart

    The resounding refrain at Digimart, held for the second year in Montreal, was that the traditional model of independent film and video distribution was dying. Digimart is not so much a "market" as a series of strategy sessions for developing ideas and partnerships in the domain of digital film and v...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: Foreign Films Get AFI Fest Star Treatment

    AFI Fest rightfully styles itself as an international festival, showcasing foreign films from around the world in a city that is not always receptive to overseas fare. Though non-U.S. work may have difficulty at the box office during their regular rollouts in L.A., screenings are often full for fore...

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    REVIEW | Natural Beauty: Byambasuren Davaa's "The Cave of the Yellow Dog"

    Possessed of the most minimal of storytelling arcs, "The Cave of the Yellow Dog" can't be summed up easily--to do so is to miss the core of its uncommon loveliness. Though ostensibly the film hinges on a young girl, Nansaa (Nansal Batchuluun), and the conflict that arises when she finds a stray dog...

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    Sundance Unveils Global Short Film Project

    Sundance Institute announced today a plan to join forces with the GSM Association to create the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project. The pilot program will develop short films for mobile users worldwide, starting with work from Sundance fest alums who have been tapped to launch the initiative. Five new short films will be created by Sundance vets Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow"), Maria Maggenti ("Puccini For Beginners"), Cory McAbee ("The American Astronaut") and Jody Hill ("The Foot Fist Way"). The shorts will debut at the 3GSM World Congress event in Barcelona in Feb...

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    "Solo Dios Sabe" Set at Palm

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Carlos Bolado's "Solo Dios Sabe," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "The film follows the relationship of Mexican journalist Damian, played by Diego Luna and Brazilian student Dolores, played by Alice Braga. The company is planning an early 2007 theatrical release of the film. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures, and Rosanne Korenberg on behalf of the filmmakers. "Palm Pictures really works with directors and thinks like them," said filmmaker Bolado, in a statement. "I love their catalog! We're ...

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    First Independent Goes "Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired US, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights to Paul Fox's "Everything's Gone Green," written by Douglas Coupland. The company is planning a Spring 2007 theatrical release in a deal brokered by Shoreline Entertainment. The film debuted at the Toronto ...

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    REVIEW | Little Voices: Joey Lauren Adams's "Come Early Morning"

    Is "Come Early Morning" a parallel universe imagining of what would've become of Ruby Lee Gissing had she stayed stuck in her small Southern town? As the titular twentysomething of Victor Nunez's 1993 "Ruby in Paradise," Ashley Judd went off to Florida to find herself; as thirtysomething Lucy in th...

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    Sarah Silverman Returns as MC of the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards

    Sarah Silverman will return as Master of Ceremonies for the 2007 Spirit Awards Film Independent announced Tuesday. Nominations for the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 28 at 8:00 am PST, and the ceremony will take place will in a tent on the beach in Santa...

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    Sundance at 25: Celebrating the Institute and Examining its Future

    While Paul Newman, 81, carried around a bucket full of beers, collecting tips amounting to $450, other actors, from Parker Posey to Uma Thurman to Stanley Tucci, served wine to attendees. It was their way of saying thanks to the Sundance Institute, which celebrated its 25th anniversary at a fundrais...

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    Strand Gets "Syndromes" and "Sleep" From Fortissimo

    Strand Releasing closed a pair of pacts with Fortissimo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, acquiring Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes of the Century" and Tsai Ming-liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Both movies were commissioned as part of the City of Vienna's New Crowned Hope ser...

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