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    LA FILM FEST '06: Can Films Save The World? Talking "Chalk" and "Getting Down" In L.A.

    Asked to answer the title question during a Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat earlier this week -- Can Films Save The World? -- "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad said flatly, "no." Leading off the discussion by dismissing its concept altogether, the filmmaker added, "I didn't make the fil...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Electric Car," "Motel," and "Candy"

    Adding more fuel to the environmental debate, which hit high gear with Davis Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," is Chris Paine's doc "Who Killed the Electric Car?" The film looks back at California's earnest attempt to solve its air pollution problem in the '90s by requiring an eventual condition...

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    Frameline30: Mature and Still Hot

    In some of life's occupations (and preoccupations), turning 30 is a point many would prefer to defer. Supermodels, acrobats, and San Francisco gay men among them. Yes, "maturity" is "nice" in theory -- but facial lines, thinning hair and a body-fat percentage that no longer stays low all by itself c...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Group Reveal Board Moves

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group announced that board member Paul Atkinson has been elected Vice-Chair and Chair Elect and that Irene Chu and David J. Kassie have been elected as members of the board. Mr. Atkinson will assume the full duties of Chair in June 2007. At that time, Allen Karp will step down from his current position as Chair, but remain a member of the board. TIFFG organizes the annual Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 7 - 16. Other TIFFG programs include Cinematheque Ontario, Film Circuit, The Film Reference Library, Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, and Canada'...

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    "What Remains" and "Pope Dreams" Take 30th Atlanta Film Festival Prizes

    IMAGE Film & Video Center's 30th annual Atlanta Film Festival capped off its event, taking place June 9 - 17 with its award presentation. Among the jury awarded prizes were Eric Lin's doc "What Remains," and "Pope Dreams" by Patrick Hogan, which took the best narrative nod."The Wraith of Cobble Hill" and "Closing Time" won best animated film and doc short respectively, while "A Supermarket Love Song" received the best narrative short award, which qualifies it for Oscar consideration. In audience prizes, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg won the doc honor for "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," while "Quinceanera" received the audience prize in the narr...

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    Slamdance Film Festival Accepting Entries for 2007 Event

    The 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival, scheduled to take place, January 18 - 27, 2007 in Park City, Utah, has launched its call for entries. 26 features in the narrative and documentary feature categories combined, will make it into the main competition, which is strictly devoted to films without ...

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    SFGate: "The Gymnast" wins best feature at LGBT film festival

    Frameline30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, ended Sunday night with announcements of the event's three major awards. Ned Farr's "The Gymnast," a drama about a female ex-gymnast who discovers a new life in the world of aerial dancing, received the Audience Award for Best Feature. The Dockers First Feature Award, with a prize of $10,000, went to Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil's "Stray Cats," a Philippine film about the love lives of a middle-aged advertising executive and her gay friend and landlord. The Michael J. Berg Documentary Award, which also has a $10,000 prize, was given to "Cruel and Unusual." Janet Baus, Dan Hunt and ...

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    An Indie Film Crossword Puzzle!

    For the "Independents Day" holiday this weekend, our friends at IFC Films have provided indieWIRE with an exclusive indie film crossword puzzle, just for our readers. What better way to promote the continuing release of Patrick Creadon's fun new doc, "Wordplay." We invite you to give it a try and th...

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    "Infamous" To Open Venice Fest Section

    The other Truman Capote film, Douglas McGrath's "Infamous" will open the Horizons section of the 2006 Venice International Film Festival (running August 30 - September 9, 2006). In the movie, Toby Jones stars as Truman Capote, Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee, Daniel Craig as Perry Smith, and Lee Pace a...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Gretchen" and "Deliver Us From Evil" Win Big Award$ in L.A.

    Cash prizes totaling a whopping $100,000 were doled out to a pair of grateful filmmakers here at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday night. Steve Collins won the $50,000 cash Target Filmmaker Award for his first feature film, "Gretchen," while the Target Documentary Award, which also included...

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