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    "Amnesia" and "533 Statements" Among Top Prize Winners at 2006 Inside Out Fest

    "Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma" by Denis Langois and "533 Statements" by Tori Foster tied for the best Canadian feature length narrative or documentary at this year's Inside Out: Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, the event announced recently. "A Love to Hide" won the best featur...

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    IFC Bringing "This Film is Not Yet Rated" to Theaters

    Sundance 2006 feature "This Film is Not Yet Rated" will open September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films, the company announced Monday afternoon. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of A...

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    Death Takes a Holiday: Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion"

    How appropriate that Robert Altman should follow his honorary Oscar with a film like "A Prairie Home Companion." Career achievement awards usually invite a sanctification of a body of work and a sensibility, and "Prairie Home" is itself a kind of grand summary: there's something quintessentially Alt...

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    NY Times: A Very Vegas Festival: Off the Wall on Screen

    Now in its eighth year, CineVegas, which opens next Friday and continues through June 17, bills itself as "The World's Most Dangerous Film Festival." The motto refers in part to the festival's well-known antics: When Hunter S. Thompson failed to show up at one scheduled function, administrators sent...

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    Hersokovitz to Receive AFI Honor

    Writer/director/producer Marshall Herskovitz will receive the 2006 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced Monday. Herskovitz, who graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 1975, will be presented with the honor as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Sean Connery on June 8tj, which will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Established in 1991 by Franklin J. Schaffner's widow, Jean, the Alumni Medal "celebrates the qualities associated with the late director: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking." Over the course of his 40-year career, Schaffner earned a total ...

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    Reuters: Chavez opens Venezuela studios to counter Hollywood

    Lights, camera and... revolution. Signaling from a director's chair, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a film studio complex on Saturday on the outskirts of Caracas to counter the cultural "dictatorship" of Hollywood movie giants. "For Venezuela, action," Chavez called out as the cameras ...

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    IFC Gets Two Argentine Films For First Take

    Fabian Bielinsky's "The Aura" and Daniel Burman's "Family Law," two acclaimed Argentine films, have been added to the slate of IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label launched this year by IFC Entertainment. The deal, with sales company Celluloid Dreams, follows the recent Cannes market ...

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    Newport Fest Turns Nine with "Quinceanera"

    The Newport International Film Festival will kick off its ninth annual festival in the coming days, taking place in the exclusive Rhode Island community. Running Tuesday, June 6th to Sunday, June 11, the six-day fest will include film premieres, panel discussions, and will open with directors Richar...

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    Magnolia Strikes Again With Cannes Market Deal for "Severance"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Christopher Smith's "Severance," a film the company first saw at the recent Marche du Film in Cannes. Magnolia closed the deal for the horror-comedy with HanWay Films. The pact marks the second Cannes deal closed by the company, following its...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Co-directors of "Cavite"

    Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana's "Cavite," which debuted at the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival and then had its North American premiere at SXSW, opened last week in theaters. Today's indieWIRE Interview kicks off a new weekly series of email interviews with directors of new films opening in theaters...

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