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    Reuters: Israeli film on Lebanon pullout flouts military myth

    "Just as the sun sets, an explosion rocks a mountain fort close to Israel's heavily guarded border with Lebanon. In years past, such a blast might have sent Israeli soldiers scrambling to fend off attack by Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas. But this time the commotion is staged, and the only shooting is by film cameras for the last scene of 'Beaufort,' a drama about Israel's whirlwind 2000 withdrawal from southern Lebanon after a 22-year occupation. For director Joseph Cedar, who spent much of his mandatory Israeli army service dodging Hizbollah ambushes in the so-called 'security zone,' making the movie was a catharsis of sorts." Tali Caspi rep...

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    NY Times: The Ingenuity of Sundance Comes to Brooklyn

    "The Sundance Institute, already an alluring brand name for films, is bringing a snapshot of its creative process in an array of disciplines to New York City. A 10-day series of film screenings, musical performances and theater, as well as discussions with filmmakers and other events, begins tomorrow at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Sundance Institute at BAM, as the series is called, is a first-time collaboration between the two institutions and comes as the institute celebrates its 25th anniversary. At the heart of the program are 38 screenings of 14 feature and documentary films and 8 shorts, importing the freshest Sundance Film Festiv...

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    Paramount Classics to Donate 5% of "Inconvenient Truth" Grosses

    Paramount Classics will donate 5% of the domestic theatrical gross of Davis Guggenheim's upcoming doc "An Inconvenient Truth" to the new bipartisan climate effort, Alliance for Climate Protection. With a minimum guarantee of $500,000, the donation will span the full length of the film's domestic rel...

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    New Production and Development Company Griot Pictures Entertainment Lauds Two Projects

    CEO and founder Thomas Hopkins and producing partner Tony Dunoyer, announced today the formation of Griot Pictures Entertainment (GPE). The production and development company will co-produce and co-finance both studio and independent film and television projects "with mainstream appeal." Griot's fir...

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    IFP and Current TV Launch Partnership

    The first aspect in a strategic partnership between IFP and Current TV will be a online and on-air competition that is seeking submissions of short, nonfiction viewer-created content through the end of June. Then in August, 10 entries will be named winners of the Current/IFP VC2 Showcase, with at...

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    Beyond the Ideological and the Political in "Jesus Camp," A Chat With Children's Pastor Becky Fische

    One of the most talked about films at the recent Tribeca Film Festival is the provocative new documentary about Evangelical Christians, "Jesus Camp." Children's pastor Becky Fischer became something of a lightning rod for many Tribeca festival audience members who watched one of the film's five fest...

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    Hot Docs '06: Activist Films A Plenty; A Herzog "Cancun" Blessing and Flowing Scotch

    You know spring has sprung in Toronto when the trees in Queen's Park are budding with life, the sun peeks from behind the clouds and documentary lovers and filmmakers crawl out of their respective caves to make their annual pilgrimage to Hot Docs (April 28-May 7), Toronto's homage to non-fiction fil...

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    BBC: Cannes police set festival strike

    Police in Cannes are to stage a two-hour strike during the town's famous film festival later this month. The walkout could disrupt security arrangements at the 12-day gathering, which is expected to attract stars including Tom Hanks and Kirsten Dunst. Unions are hoping to grab the spotlight on the e...

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    "Made in NY" Tax Credit Up for Extension/Expansion

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today visited the feature film "The Nanny Diaries" on location in TriBeCa to announce that in the coming weeks his administration will work with the New York City Council on a local law to reauthorize and expand the "Made in NY" tax credit initiative, which will provide $3...

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    Global Film Initiative Announces Spring Grant Recipients

    The Global Film Initiative announced today that eight filmmakers have been awarded completion funding for their film projects in the organization's Spring granting cycle. Film projects are selected based on their "artistic excellence, accomplished storytelling, and cultural perspective on daily life around the world." The Spring 2006 recipients are: "Acne," Federico Veiroj (Uruguay) about an akward teenage boy who has lost his virginity, but has never kissed a girl; "Agnus Dei," Lucia Cedron (Argentina). about a young woman's grandfather who is kidnapped and while working with her mother to negotiate his release, discovers details about the ...

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