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    Cuban/Wagner Launch HDNet Films International

    Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente have announced the launch of HDNet Films International, with Laird Adamson on board at the division. He will serve as head of international sales for the company, which will launch at the market in Cannes this year. Among the films on their slat...

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    Reuters: New film shows drama of Golden Gate Bridge suicides

    Every few weeks, someone climbs over the railing of San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge and jumps to their death at one of the highest-profile suicide sites in the world. Local media rarely report the deaths, and few people have seen the dramatic suicides -- until now. Filmmaker Eric Steel's ne...

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    Reuters: Hollywood wonders "What would Jesus direct?"

    Long criticized by conservative Christians for profiting from violent or sexually graphic films that corrupt the young, Hollywood is starting to see there is money to be made catering to those critics. "On Sunday, 43 percent of America was in church," Jonathan Bock, head of a movie marketing company...

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    TRIBECA '06: The Doc Is In: "Toots" and "Rock The Bells"

    There has been considerable griping among buyers again at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with industry-types maintaining that there simply are not enough quality films to warrant the size of the festival's program. In the case of the event's doc programming, though, insiders and audiences alike ...

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    "Look Both Ways" and "Encounter Point" Take Audience Nods at SFIFF

    Australian director Sarah Watt's drama "Look Both Ways" and American directors Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha's doc "Encounter Point" won the audience awards at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, which concluded Thursday. As previously announced, Austrian director Michael Glawogger's "W...

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    Trbeca All Access Honors "Beast" and "Box" in Third Annual Awards

    The Tribeca Film Festival's program spotlighting U.S. based filmmakers of color, Tribeca All Access, announced the winners of its TAA Creative Promise Awards Thursday night, with Sterlin Harjo's screenplay, "Before the Beast Returns" taking the narrative section prize and Lacey Schwartz winning the documentary section prize for her documentary work-in-progress, "Outside the Box." Also receiving an honor was Milton Liu for his screenplay, "John Huges Ruined My Life," which took the screenplay section prize. Honorable mentions went to Shola Lynch for "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" in the documentary section as well as Ose Oyamendan for...

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    MJ Peckos Leaving Tartan Films; Forming New Company

    MJ Peckos is leaving Tartan Films and will form Mitropoulos Films, she announced today. In the words of an announcement, the company will "focus on the distribution and acquisition of niche market films." She is leaving Tartan after two years, having launched the company's theatrical unit. Releases have included "Old Boy" and "Mysterious Skin," and numerous other titles. "The distribution business is changing at its core," Peckos said in a statement today, "Niche product will require new venues and marketing strategies and Mitropoulos Films plans to explore this ever changing marketplace. As filmmakers continue to face the difficulties of fin...

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    "Workingman's Death" and "Half Nelson" Among San Francisco International Film Festival Winners

    The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, North America's oldest event of its kind, announced its winners Thursday, with Austrian director Michael Glawogger's "Workingman's Death" receiving the fest's Golden Gate Award for Documentary Feature, while Chinese director Ying Liang received the...

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    SF Film Fest: Starstudded Tributes, "Brothers of the Head," "Half Nelson," and "The Bridge"

    The second week of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival was packed with tributes and special events, luring crowds diverse enough to be equally starstruck by Werner Herzog and Ed Harris. (Not as diverse, alas: all of the honorees -- not to mention their on-stage interviewers -- were mi...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Taking on "Mission," Possible: Eight Specialty Films Open this Weekend

    Well over a half-dozen films will vie with the Tom Cruise juggernaut "M:i III" for a slice of box office glory this weekend. Sundance '06 offerings include "Bad Santa" director Terry Zwigoff's "Art School Confidential," while Toronto '05's "One Last Thing" by Alex Steyermark ("Prey for Rock & Roll")...

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