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    DISPATCH FROM PUSAN: Protecting Local Voices While Embracing a New Market, Pusan Events Champion Asi

    The Korean peninsula was thrown into crisis last week with news of two nuclear tests by North Korea, yet hundreds of miles away in the southern port city of Pusan, fireworks and jubilation were the order of the day for the start of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival. An estimated 5,000 ticke...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Doug Block, director of "51 Birch Street"

    With the alluring tagline, "Do you really want to know your parents?" Through a close examination of his own family, filmmaker Doug Block explores universal questions about our own mothers and fathers in his new film "51 Birch Street." As indieWIRE documentary columnist Jonny Leahan wrote about the ...

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    iW Video: Q & A with Doug McGrath

    In an indieWIRE: Video clip from the recent Telluride Film Festival (via YouTube), "Infamous" director Douglas McGrath is asked about the experience of making his film about Truman Capote in the wake of the release, and subsequent success of, last year's "Capote." The new film opens in theaters this...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Amy Berg, director of "Deliver Us From Evil"

    With a background in network television news, "Deliver Us From Evil" director Amy Berg is an Emmy Award winner for her work, tackling such topics as sexual assault, women in prison, clergy abuse, battered women, unsafe public playgrounds, poverty, illegal drug dispersion, illicit medical doctors and...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Sweet Land" Kicks Off in Minnesota; "Deliver Us From Evil" Debuts

    One year after winning the audience award for best narrative feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Ali Selim's "Sweet Land" opens in Minnesota's twin cities Friday before hitting New York next weekend. Described as a "turn-of-the-century love story," the film stars Elizabeth Reaser, T...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Lash Leaves ICM For Cinetic

    After a short stint as an agent at ICM, Sarah Lash is leaving the talent agency to join John Sloss' Cinetic Media in New York. Sloss told indieWIRE that she Lash would join the company on October 30, 2006. Lash started at ICM on May 1st of this year after serving as VP of Acquisitions and Co-Product...

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    '06 Woodstock Fest Underway

    The 2006 Woodstock Film Festival takes place this weekend in New York State. indieWIRE reported on the festival's lineup last month and organizers confirmed Thursday that Matt Dillon will present this year's Trailblazer Award to Jonathan Sehring, while Rosie Perez will present the Maverick Award to ...

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    All Roads Announces Prize Winners

    Neten Chokling Rinpoche's "Milarepa," a feature film about the early life of a great Tibetan mystic, won the audience award at National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival, which recently concluded in Washington, D.C. The film debuted at the Los Angeles installment of the fest and also screened at the D.C. event. Yolanda Cruz's Mexican short film "Suenos Binacionales" won the audience prize for best short. The All Roads Film Fest is part of the All Roads Film Project, the National Geographic initiative offering a showcase for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture storytellers worldwide. For more information, please visit their we...

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    Maya Gets First Film, Carla Garapedian's "Screamers"

    Maya Releasing, Moctesuma Esparza's new distribution company, has announced its first acquisition. The company has nabbed Carla Garapedian's modern-day genocide documentary "Screamers," featuring music from System of a Down. The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming AFI Fest in Los Angeles next month. A December opening in Los Angeles is on tap for the film, followed by a national launch in January. In other company news, co-chairman Esparza named Jeff Valdez, the former CEO and Chairman of Si TV, as his co-chairman at Maya Entertainemnt. Michael Harpster and Kevin Benson are on board as Maya Releasing's COO and President, respect...

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    ImaginAsian Gets "Journey From The Fall"

    Earlier this week, ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc. announced its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to Ham Tran's "Journey from the Fall," which will open the San Diego Asian Film Festival on Thursday. The Vietnamese American film will be released in theaters next Spring, followed yb a DVD and VOD release to follow. The Sundance Film Festival selection won the best cinematography prize at the Milan International Film Festival, the audience award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the best actor award for Long Nguyen as well as a special jury award for Ham Tran at the Newport Beach Film Fest...

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