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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Michael Moore Sneaks "Sicko" Clips; Cillian on Loach's "Barley"

    For nearly twenty years now, Michael Moore has used filmmaking as a means to directly tackle hot button issues and notable figures. Before that, he spent years working as a journalist and at a younger age even wrote a couple of plays. In "Fahrenheit 9/11," and at subsequent political rallies leading...

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    Annual "Schmooze" Held at TIFF

    A block of busy Queen Street became a giant red carpet last night as Canadian broadcasting giant CHUM held their televised Schmooze party at the Toronto International Film Festival. The annual event, a steadfast tradition at TIFF, withheld rain to prove itself worthy of its reputation as one of the ...

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    Jia Zhang-Ke's "Still Life" Takes Golden Lion At Venice

    As the 63rd Venice Film Festival came to a close, winners were announced from the twenty-two films in competition. Chinese feature "Still Life" by (Sanxia Haron) took the Golden Lion, the festival's top prize for best feature film. Director Jia Zhang-Ke, whose previous efforts "The World" and "Platf...

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    Man Gets Off The "Shortbus"

    A media screening of John Cameron Mitchell's controversial "Shortbus" at the Toronto International Film Festival found itself losing a patron yesterday. Just a few minutes into the film, a man stormed out, declaring that the explicit homosexual threesome featuring a rendition of God Bless America w...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Ed Stone: "I became a filmmaker because I failed at everything else

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    Toronto Awards Luc Dery Inaugural Producer Award

    Industry Initiatives at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) named Luc Dery as the recipient of the inaugural CFTPA Producer Award. Dery's independent production company micro_scope produced "Congorama" by Philippe Falardeau, which is a Special Presentation at the 2006 Toronto fest. Dery receives a cash prize of $10,000 CAD from the CFTPA, and also includes $1,000 of film stock from Fujifilm Motion Picture. The announcement was made at a special industry event. Dery was chosen out of the 50 eligible producers as "someone who manifested all of the qualities, talents and cha...

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    IFC Announces "Requiem" Deal

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" and will release the film through IFC First Take on October 20th, 2006. The film is having its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and is the true story of a woman from an extremely religious German family, battling epilepsy, who falls in love and apparently becomes possessed, in the words of an announcement, experiencing "a frightening rush of grotesque faces and voices." The film, starring Sandra Hueller, has already won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress, the Silver Bear and Fipresci prize...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Eyeing a Prize, ThinkFilm Toasts Five Years; And Kunuk Tries to Preserve

    Not long after Lions Gate Films shut down its New York office back in 2001, a group of company executives joined forces to launch the Toronto/NYC based ThinkFilm and Friday morning, at what has become a signature event, the start-up celebrated its 5th anniversary with its annual breakfast bash. Ackn...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Chitra Palekar: "The success of a filmmaker is making a film that r

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo: "I became a filmmaker out of boredom."

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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