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    When A Fest Strategy Goes Awry: Traverse City Screens "Jesus Camp" Against Magnolia's Wishes

    Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "Jesus Camp," an unreleased documentary that insiders hope will play to audiences on all sides of the political spectrum, gained significant media attention in recent days when its distributor, Magnolia Pictures, unsuccessfully tried to stop Michael Moore from showing ...

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    Sarajevo Fest Celebrates Regional Films in This Year's Line up

    The Sarajevo Film Festival(August 18 - 26) will open its event with Corneliu Porumboiu's "12:08 East of Bucharest," launching the 12th edition of the festival known for putting the spotlight on world cinema. The film recalls the days following the fall of dictator Ceausescu, and the owner of a loca...

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    TC Record-Eagle: Iranian film tribute goes beyond the headlines

    Traverse City Film Festival attendees are getting a closer look at how Iranian people portray themselves, as headlines and talking heads dwell on tensions between leaders of that country and the United States. Director Mani Haghighi whose film "Men at Work" - about three men obsessed with trying to ...

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    SF360: Francois Ozon, mortal

    With "Time to Leave," his ninth feature, Francois Ozon demonstrates yet again just how central a figure he has become to modern European cinema and reminds us, yet again, that he's one of gay world cinema's most accomplished writer/directors. His distinctive style smoothly crosses melodrama with nau...

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    The Guardian: The King of Bollywood

    In India, Shah Rukh Khan is so famous he can't leave home without half a dozen minders. Shah Rukh Khan (also known as "King Khan") has been in more than 50 Hindi films and has won 13 Filmfare awards, regarded as the "Bollywood Oscars." He is the biggest star in Hindi cinema and this means billions o...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Wardell Named to Head IMAGE in Atlanta

    Gabriel Wardell has been appointed the executive director of IMAGE Film & Video Center in Atlanta, the organization has announced. He will join the organization on September 1st, replacing acting executive director, Jon Aaron, who oversaw the job search and will assist with the transition. IMAGE is responsible for two major film festivals in the city, the Atlanta Film Festival and OUT ON FILM, among other services and education initiatives for filmmakers. Wardell's previous experience includes work for numerous festivals, including programming of the AFI Silver Theater, producing SilverDocs, and working with Slamdance. He also served as a pro...

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    Will "Jesus Camp" Play in Traverse City?

    Organizers at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival will show "Jesus Camp" this weekend, against the wishes of the filmmakers and distributor Magnolia Pictures, according to the Washington Post. The fest had a committment for the film prior to Magnolia acquiring the movie, but as indieWIRE rep...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: More Sundance Class of '06 Debuts, "Quinceanera" In The Spotlight

    Following last week's release of "Little Miss Sunshine," and ahead of next week's opening of "Half Nelson," the latest in a crop of films that debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival will open in U.S. movie theaters this weekend. But while Miramax will take one of its first acquisitions -- "Th...

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    NY Times: Agony of New Orleans, Through Spike Lee's Eyes

    From the beginning Spike Lee knew that Hurricane Katrina was a story he had to tell. Watching the first television images of floating bodies and of desperate people, mostly black, stranded on rooftops, he quickly realized he was witnessing a major historical moment. As those moments kept coming, he ...

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    "Mojave Phone Booth" and "Manual of Love" Take Top Stony Brook Film Festival Prizes

    The 11th Stony Brook Film Festival ended July 29 with director John Putch's "Mojave Phone Book" winning the jury prize for best feature, while the audience award for best feature went to Giovanni Veronesi's "Manual of Love." In the shorts category, Valerie Weiss' "Transgressions" took the jury prize...

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