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    American Film Institute Launches AFI Project 20/20

    The American Film Institute has announced a new international cultural exchange program aimed at marking the 20 year anniversary of AFI FEST and connecting filmmakers around the world. AFI Project 20/20 will include up to 20 filmmakers with movies playing at this year's festival (November 1-12 in Ho...

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    Fighting for Freedom: Exploring Vachon's "Killer Life" (including an excerpt from her new book)

    With some 38 films under her belt in a film business that continues to change, leading independent film producer and Killer Films partner Christine Vachon is pondering the future. In A Killer Life, her essential new memoir (written with Austin Bunn), Vachon bolsters the role of the producer as the d...

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    "A Stone's Throw" Takes Prize at 26th Atlantic Film Festival

    Camelia Frieberg's "A Stone's Throw" won the best Atlantic Feature prize as well as best sound design at the recently concluded Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sound design prize included a $10,000 CAD service award. Set on the pristine shores of rural Nova Scotia, the film follows the journey of impassioned photojournalist Jack Walker (Kris Holden-Ried) as he arrives unannounced at the home of his sister, Olivia (Kathryn MacLellan). While healing old wounds with his sister, and falling in love with local schoolteacher, Lia (Lisa Ray), Jack must attempt to conceal a dark secret, and is ultimately forced to confront his own...

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    "Science of Sleep," "American Hardcore" and "Old Joy" Sing a Blissful Box office Tune

    Three stylistically different films that all at least partially attracted pop-music lovers had strong finishes in this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films. Warner Independent Picture's launch of music-video auteur Michel Gondry's fanciful "The Science o...

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    Slaughter Rule: Kevin MacDonald's "The Last King of Scotland"

    Call me a typically history-ignorant American, but before watching "The Last King of Scotland" I didn't know that much about Idi Amin's reign of terror as Uganda's dictator during the 1970s. I don't pretend to be proud of such an oversight -- nevertheless, that lack of knowledge worked to this viewe...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the three day weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. W...

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    "Brothers of the Head" to Open Music-filled Raindance Fest

    Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's debut feature "Brothers of the Head" will have its London premiere at the 14th Raindance Film Festival, opening the event, which will screen 80 feature-length and 150 short films September 27 - October 8. Music will feature heavily in the festival's line up. "Brothers"...

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    Julie Andrews to Receive SAG Honor

    Julie Andrews will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. "Julie Andrews is a woman of great generosity, creativity, courage, elegance and wit. She embodies and transcends the memorable roles she has created," said SAG President Alan Rosenberg in a statement. "Julie has been a positive presence in my life and continues to inspire multiple generations. I believe it is exceptionally significant to be recognized by people who do the same work you do. Julie seems genuinely touched and thrilled to be receivin...

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    LAT: A Single-Screen Gem Fades to Black

    In the LA Times, a report from New York State and the closing of the Scarsdale Fine Arts Cinema after 34 years. Owner of numerous movie theaters, Meyer Ackerman screened "Cinema Paradiso" as the theater's final movie:Meyer Ackerman, who declined to give his age, insisted that he was not leaving the ...

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    ThinkFilm Gets French Oscar Entry

    ThinkFilm has announced a deal for U.S. rights to "Orchestra Seats" ("Fauteuils D'Orchestre"), France's Oscar foreign language film entry which has been re-titled "Avenue Montaigne." Set for a February 2007 release, the film was directed by Daniele Thompson ("La Buche," "Jet Lag") and co-written by the filmmaker and her sonChristopher Thompson. It is described as the story of a woman from the French provinces (played by Cecile de France) who moves to Paris and becomes a waitress on the city's famous fashion boulevard, Avenue Montaigne. Her customers include a number of notable individuals, but according to an announcement, "Precisely because ...

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