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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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    Human Rights Watch: Bringing to Light Injustice and Activism Around the World

    "Hope, it's all we've ever had," says a Catholic priest in Michael Caton-Jones' Rwandan drama "Shootings Dogs." "Now, it's running dry."

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    "Road to Guantanamo" and "Old Joy" Take Newport Awards

    Michael Winterbottom and Matt Whitecross' "The Road to Guantanamo" won the jury prize for best feature at the recent Newport International Film Festival. Kelly Reichardt took the best director prize for "Old Joy," while Emily Rios won best actress for "Quinceanera" and "Guantanamo" won a best ensemble acting prize. Gary Tarn's "Black Sun" received the best documentary prize and Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg took the audience prize for best doc for "The Trials of Darryl Hunt." "Quinceanera" took the audience prize in the narrative category. [indieWIRE will publish a festival report on the Newport International Film Festival later this week.] ...

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    Focus' Avy Eschenasy Promoted

    Focus Features executive vice president Avy Eschenasy is being promoted from EVP of business affairs to EVP of strategic planning, business affairs and acquisitions. Mr. Eschenasy reports to Focus Features CEO James Schamus, who made the announcement today. Based in the company's West Coast offices, Eschenasy has been executive vice president at Focus since it was formed in the spring of 2002. The company's business affairs departments in Focus' Manhattan and West Coast offices will continue to report to him regarding all aspects of the film slates at Focus and sibling company Rogue Pictures. All Rogue movies are handled domestically through ...

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    "Reilly" and "Oh" Bookend Eighth Provincetown International Film Festival

    The 2006 Provincetown International Film Festival will open its eighth edition June 14th, debuting with the east coast premiere of Barry Pottermann and Frank Anderson's doc about actor Charles Nelson Reilly, "The Life of Reilly," which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in March. PIFF will screen six...

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    2006 Half-Time: A Sidelong Glance

    It's mid-June, and much has been made of the dearth of worthwhile cinema thus far in 2006. Week after week has gone by in which we have heard fellow cinephiles (and those less inclined) cry of their disinterest in going to the movies, that there's just nothing worth seeing. The truth of the matter i...

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    Anthony Mackie to Receive Urbanworld "One to Watch" Kudos

    The Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival announced Monday actor Anthony Mackie ("Million Dollar Baby," "Half Nelson") will be its inaugural "NEXT Award" honoree. Selected as an individual who is emerging within the entertainment industry as a "one to watch," Mackie will accept the award at a special 10th ...

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    "Believe in Me" and "Thin" Among Top Winners at Jackson Hole Film Festival

    Director Robert Collector received the Rosemount Diamond Award for his feature, "Believe in Me," which included a $10,000 cash prize at the recent Jackson Hole Film Festival, held June 7 - 11 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The film also took the fest's best feature film prize, while "Thin" by Lauren Greenfield won best documentary. Also taking nods were "The West Wittering Affair" by David Scheinmann, which received a prize in the festival's Best World Program: Spotlight UK section, while Best Global Insight Film was presented to "Disarm" by Brian Liu and Mary Wareham. Hilary Brougher won best director for "Stephanie Daley," and the audience choic...

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    Stars and Films Under the Stars Greet 2006 Maui Film Festival

    Three open air theaters and sixty American independent and world cinema offerings are on tap for the 2006 Maui Film Festival, taking place June 14 - 18 on the Hawaiian island. Patrick Creadon's doc "Wordplay" will be among the fest's opening night films, which will screen simultaneously at various l...

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    Winners Named at 33rd Student Academy Awards

    Winners of the 2006 Student Academy Awards were honored in Beverly Hills Saturday night, with honorees named gold, silver or bronze medalists and each receiving a cash award ($5,000, $3,000 or $2,000 respectively). Sean Overbeeke's "Christmas Wish List" (from the University of North Carolina) won th...

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