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    Ambitious and Big, Seattle Film Fest Hosts a Long Roster and Looks to the Future

    The 25-day Seattle International Film Festival is a behemoth when considering just some of the event's raw statistics. This year's 32nd edition, which ran in the picturesque Northwest city from May 25 - June 18, screened 418 films, including 198 narratives and 60 docs -- a record according to SIFF o...

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    Year Four at SilverDocs: Gore, Scorsese, Jarmusch, Premieres, and More

    It's no secret that documentarians are some of the most independent and hardworking filmmakers in the biz. In a film's credits, it's not unusual to see a movie written, directed, edited and shot by the same person. Documentaries are passion projects. Showcasing stories that could not be left untol...

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    IFP To Honor Cuban & Wagner at '06 Gothams

    IFP announced today that it will honor 2929 Entertainment's Todd Wagner & Mark Cuban with a Gotham Award at the 16th Annual Gotham Awards ceremony, November 29th in Manhattan. Through their Wagner/Cuban Companies the duo own 2929, Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and HDNet Films, among other ho...

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    The Guardian Interview: Cillian Murphy

    He has won over fans, directors and fellow actors alike and his latest film, Ken Loach's "The Wind that Shakes the Barley", won the Palme d'Or last month at the Festival de Cannes. The 30-year-old Irishman, recently named one of Hollywood's most valuable players, tells Sean O'Hagan that the fame gam...

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    SF360: Tuesday: Julian Hernandez's "Broken Sky" and Joao Pedro Rodrigues's "Two Drifters" at the SF

    Two of the more ambitious movies at this year's San Francisco International LGBT Film Festivalprove that the handy (perhaps overly so) critical phrase "sophomore slump" is never entirely true. If even true at all: Joao Pedro Rodrigues's "Two Drifters," a follow-up to his 2000 debut feature "O Fantas...

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    Confessions of a Festival Juror: Raves and Faves from Toronto's Premier Short Fest

    The jury had no trouble deciding that director Greg Spottiswood's Genie-nominated short "Noise" should take home the award for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2006 Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival, which took place June 13th -18th in Toronto, Ontario. It was the Jackson-Triggs Aw...

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    indieWIRE BOT: "Wordplay" Tops List in NYC Debut; "Truth" & "Prairie" Remain Solid Summer Alternativ

    Opening to a hometown crowd in New York last weekend, "Wordplay" -- the documentary about Will Shortz, New York Times crosswords editor -- left audiences spellbound. The IFC Films release, directed by Patrick Creadon, debuted in first place on this week's indieWIRE BOT which tracks independent/speci...

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    IFC Films and fuse to Co-Release "Brothers of the Head"

    IFC Films and music television network fuse, announced Tuesday that Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton's rock-odyssey feature, "Brothers of the Head," will open in theatres as a co-release on July 28th at the IFC Center in New York, followed by the NuArt in L.A. August 4th as well as other select locations. The project marks IFC Films and fuse's first co-release and fuse's first foray into feature films. Both entities are Rainbow Media companies. IFC and fuse will collaborate on all marketing initiatives with fuse dedicating substantial airtime to content premieres, special promotions and exclusive clips. The fuse brand will be incorporated in all ...

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    Sony Classics Acquires Francis Verber's "The Valet" for U.S.

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired from Gaumont the U.S. rights to "The Valet" (La Doublure) directed and written by Francis Veber ("The Closet"). According to SPC, “'The Valet' focuses around Veber's reoccurring protagonist Francois Pignon, who this time is played by Gad Elmaleh. Pignon and his best friend Richard (Dany Boon) are unassuming car valets at a posh Paris restaurant. After a paparazzi photograph of tycoon Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is published kissing the famous Elena, (Alice Taglioni) who also happens to be his mistress, the tycoon needs an airtight excuse to avert his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) from divorcing him. E...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Lian Lunson, Director of "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man"

    Fresh from a run on the fest circuit that has included stops in Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin (among many others) is Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary about the acclaimed and influential musician. Opening this Wednesday at Film Forum in New York, the movie is anchored at a th...

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