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    NewFest Wraps of '06 Fest With Kudos for "Camp Out" and "The Gymnast"

    NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, giving Larry Grimaldi and Kirk Marcolina the Showtime Vanguard Award. The doc, which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival, spotlights the first overnight camp for gay Christian youth, fo...

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    "Shortbus" Inks North American Deal With ThinkFilm; UK Rights Go To The Works

    ThinkFilm has acquired all North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," perhaps the most talked about film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and, in a separate pact, The Works U.K. Distribution has secured UK rights to the new movie. A sexually explicit, strikingly artistic and ultima...

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    BSide Continues U.S. Tour in June

    The BSide Roadshow continues its tour of the U.S. with a stop tomorrow at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI, the independent film and music tour began with a stop in Austin, TX that welcomed some 800 people on June 4th at a free outdoor event, according to organizers. From there the event has trave...

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    AIVF To Close; Org Hopes to Keep Magazine Alive

    In a letter to its approximately 4,000 members, the thirty-one year old Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) has formally announced that the organization will close at the end of this month. The movie was widely expected in light of recent news that an emergency fundraising initiat...

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    SF Chronicle: Eye on Quality

    Eyethink Pictures, a new film production company based out of Burlingame whose all-you-need-to-know motto, "Gay films that don't suck," is... well, all you really need to know. "The idea came from seeing a lot of the bad gay films [coming] out of the festivals," says Ken Bielenberg, who co-founded E...

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    The Guardian: Full-length film shot on phone

    Two Italian directors who wanted to follow in the footsteps of their legendary countryman Pier Paolo Pasolini have reportedly scored a first - shooting a feature-length documentary using a mobile phone. The 93-minute film, called "New Love Meetings," is a modern version of Pasolini's 1965 documentar...

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    AP: Deneuve to Head Venice Jury

    Catherine Deneuve will head the international jury that will award the coveted Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival. The decision was made during a board meeting of the Venice Biennale, which oversees the film competition. The lineup of movies competing for the Golden Lion, as well as tho...

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    Mansions, Politics and a Little Boogie, Newport Film Festival Spotlights the "Hot" Indies

    It's a rare and gratifying experience to watch a documentary and then shake hands with the film's subject. It's an even rarer and more gratifying experience to watch a documentary about a man who was wrongly accused of a crime, scapegoated by a negligent, racist judicial system, and imprisoned for t...

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    Roadside/Goldwyn Take Rights to "Boynton Beach Club"

    Independent film distributors Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced Tuesday the joint acquisition of North American rights to Susan Seidelman's new film "Boynton Beach Club." The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Susan Seidelman on behalf of the filmmakers. Based on an original story by Florence Seidelman, Susan Seidelman's 74 year-old mother, the film revolves around five people living in an active adult community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a bereavement group and soon each find themselves o...

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    "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Inconvenient Truth" Spark Specialty BOT

    The independent/specialty film business came up with its second unexpected new movie star of the summer season last weekend, as public-radio personality Garrison Keillor followed former Vice President Al Gore to success on the indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT). Together, "An Inconvenient ...

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