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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Wagenberg Joining Miami Fest

    Monika Wagenberg has been named Senior Programmer, Ibero-American Programming at the Miami International Film Festival. She is joining the Miami fest from Cinema Tropical, which she co-founded and where she served as Director of Programming and Acquisitions.

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    Slate Set for IDA's DocuWeek Showcase

    The IDA's DocuWeek, a documentary film showcase that helps new films qualify for Oscar consideration, has announced the list of films that will screen at this year's event, running August 18 - 24 in Los Angeles. Participating this year are a dozen features: Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim's "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story", Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's "An Unreasonable Man", Marc and Nick Francis' "Black Gold", Amy Berg's "Deliver Us from Evil", James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments", Patricia Foulkrod's "The Ground Truth", Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "Jesus Camp", Shaun Conrad and David Raccuglia's "Purvis of Overtown", Steven Asche...

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    Universal Newlyweds

    In the LA Times, Loretta Munoz profiles new Universal studio leaders Marc Shmuger and (former Focus Features co-president) David Linde. The two immediately hit it off, according to the article. At the "engagement dinner" prior to announcing their new jobs, "They got along so well that Shmuger pulled out a disposable camera. 'We were taking pictures like tourists on their first trip to New York', he said. 'I wanted to preserve the historic moment'. They moved on to a bar after dinner. 'We wanted to keep talking so we headed out for a few beers', Linde said." Now the two live near each other in Brentwood and even wore identical outfits to the i...

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    The Passion of Kevin Smith

    Over at Movie City News, Ray Pride offers a lengthy chat with Kevin Smith about "Clerks 2". At the conclusion of the conversation, Smith talks in detail about how the film relates to his own career:For years, I've been fuckin' inundated with people saying, it's time for you to stretch as a filmmaker, it's time for you to grow as a filmmaker, whether visually or just narratively. People always want you to be better and to do more and go further and it's like... I, I don't want to. These are the stories that I want to tell. After twelve years, don't you get it, Harvey? This is what I do. I enjoy doing it and you guys turn a profit off of it, so...

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    Navigating Movies Online

    In Sunday's New York Times, John Clark considers the increasing number of films and clips available on The Internet, via websites like YouTube. Will filmmakers defy the industry and create direct relationships with their audiences? Its a period of great change, according to Sundance's Geoff Gilmore. New websites are emerging to try to tap into the web video boom, witness the recent launch of iKlipz, with few notable industry-types involved, while tomorrow (Monday), will mark the official launch of The Daily Reel, another new site, one aimed at filtering the many online clips to find the best each day. Back in Clark's Times article, Sundance's...

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    A "Shortbus" Teaser

    ThinkFilm has unveiled the first look at John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," with a brief teaser trailer hyping the October release of the film, which debuted at the Festival de Cannes back in May.

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    Picture This Gets Award-Winning "A Love To Hide"

    Picture This! Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the Outfest 2006 award winner, "A Love To Hide" (Un Amour A Taire). Christian Faure's film, described by the company as a "heart-wrenching gay drama set during the Nazi occupation of France in 1942," will be releases in the U.S. and Canada in November. The film shared the audience award for best feature and also won the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among numerous other fest awards. The deal was negotiated by Douglas Witkins, President of Picture This! Entertainment, and Dimitri Stephanides of TF1 International. "This picture depicts ...

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    Back to the Garden: 30 Years Later, Albert Maysles Revisits a Classic

    This article was originally published in 2006.

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    Britdoc Set for Inaugural U.K. Film Fest

    Twenty feature films are in the lineup for the inaugural Britdoc festival kicking off this week in Oxford, England in the British university town. The event will run from July 26 - 28. American, British and international titles are slated for the fest's international in competition section, includin...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Short Films Among New Movies in Theaters

    A number of short films are among the new movies opening in theaters. A collection of international short films are part of New Yorker Films' "The World According to Shorts," including Hugo Maza's "La Perra" from Chile, Daniel Askill's "We Have Decided Not To Die" from Australia, Andreas Hykade's "R...

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