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    NY Times: Facing Voters, Georgia Congressman Gets an Assist From Documentary

    The money, endorsements and opinion polls favor her opponent, but Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, who represents Georgia's Fourth District, has been counting on a movie for last-minute help with the Democratic primary runoff vote here on Tuesday. The movie, "American Blackout," is a documentary that embraces Ms. McKinney as a progressive heroine while chronicling the alleged disenfranchisement of black voters in Florida and Ohio in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. After winning prizes on the festival circuit, including a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the movie, directed by Ian Inaba, was headed for com...

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    The Guardian Interview: Penelope Cruz in "Volver"

    Seven years ago, Pedro Almodovar told Penelope Cruz he had the perfect role for her. He was planning to write a film about a woman married to an abusive loser who molests their teenage daughter. Almodovar told her that, even though she was in her mid-20s, she was made to play the daughter. Last year, Almodovar got back in touch with Cruz to say he had the perfect role for her. He had finally written the screenplay about a woman married to an abusive loser who molests their daughter, and Cruz was made to play the mother. As so often with Almodovar, she couldn't believe what he was proposing. After all, Cruz is only 32, and could easily pass as...

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    Deadlocked: Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson"

    History has never seemed more of a burden than it does in "Half Nelson." Simultaneously denying the easily redemptive narrative form that places a noble white teacher at the head of an inner-city classroom for meaningful school-of-hard-knocks lessons ("Dangerous Minds," anyone?), while also reinfor...

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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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