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    Museum of Moving Image to Present 4th Machinima Festival

    New York's Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences will present the fourth annual Machinima Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5. This all-weekend event devoted to popular video game-based short films will include workshops, technology demonstrations, p...

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    SF360: Things You May or May Not Know About Miranda July

    For close to a decade now, Miranda July has been exploring and often crossing the traditional boundaries between life and the movies. One of her best early short videos, 1998's "The Amateurist," hinges on the relationship between one woman and a mute look-alike figure she sees on her TV screen--a bond that takes on greater comic pathos when the viewer situates him or herself in relation to this Quaker Oats box mise en scene. Performance pieces such as 1999's "Love Diamond" and 2001's "The Swan Tool" have involved both elaborate and intentionally crude interactions between July and video projections--an approach that she continues to build upo...

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    Reuters: Russian film wins Rome's first film festival

    A modern-day Russian film, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, won top prize at Rome's first international film festival as the nine-day marathon wrapped up on Saturday. "Playing the Victim" by Kirill Serebrennikov, a critically acclaimed theater director in his native Russia, was named best film among t...

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    AP: Allen voted SAG's executive director

    The Screen Actors Guild board of directors voted unanimously Saturday to hire former NFL players union executive Doug Allen as the organization's national executive director and chief negotiator. The 54-year-old Allen served as assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association in Washingto...

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    Pacino to Receive AFI Life Achievement Prize

    Al Pacino has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) board of trustees to receive the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film given by the group, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, the board's chair. The award will be presented to Pacino at a...

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    "Betelnut" and "Love Conquers All" Take Pusan Prizes; American Presence Slowly Increases

    Chinese director Heng Yang's "Betelnut" and Malaysian director Chui Mui Tan's "Love Conquers All" shared the Pusan International Film Festival's New Currents Best New Asian Filmmaker of the Year award, capping the 11th edition of the event in the Korean port city of the same name. In addition to its...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Award Winners, Altman, Pollock, and a Piano at 14th Hamptons Fest

    Jens Lien's Norwegian film "The Bothersome Man" won a pair of jury prizes at the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend. Lien's follow-up to his 2003 feature "Jonny Vang" won the Golden Starfish Competition, nabbing the in-kind production services package valued at $185,000 and it al...

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    Films From 61 Countries Vying For Oscar Nod

    61 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards, Academy President Sid Ganis announced Thursday. The complete list is published below, but lacks Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which was submitted by Finland but subsequentl...

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    Byer's "AMERICANese" Acquired for IFC First Take Release

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Eric Byler's "AMERICANese," which won the audience award and an ensemble acting prize during its world premiere at SXSW this year. It is having its East Coast premiere this weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island, NY. Based on Shawn Wong's novel American Knees, the film was produced by Lisa Onodera and stars Chris Tashima, Kelly Hu, Allison Sie, Ben Shenkman, Sab Shimono and Michael Paul Chan. The film, to be released via the IFC First Take label in theaters and day-and-date via cable VOD, is Byler's follow-up to his 2002 feature "Charlotte Sometime...

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    Two-day Low Budget Film School Adds Guests for This Weekend's Event

    Mark Stolaroff's new No Budget Film School, which is preparing for its upcoming weekend event in Los Angeles has added guest speakers Joe Carnahan ("Narc," "Blood Guts Bullets and Octane"), David Gordon Green ("All The Real Girls," "George Washington"), and Jody Hill ("The Foot Fist Way") to a roster of participants that includes Paradigm Consulting's Peter Broderick, Antic Productions' Ron Judkins ("True Love"), 2929 Productions' MIke Upton, and others. Set for the Chaplin Theater on the Raleigh Studios Lot, the "Two-Day No-Budget Filmmaking Immersion" program will take place Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22. For more information,...

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