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    NY Times: At the Tribeca Festival, Heavy on the Reality, Light on the Light

    In the NY Times, Stephen Holden asks, "Whatever happened to the notion of movies as the "'Great Escape?' As the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival consumes New York over the next two weeks, a more apt description of the mood of world cinema expressed in TriBeCa might be "No Escape." From tonight's (...

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    Sundance Institute Selects 14 Projects for 2006 June Directing/Screenwriting Labs

    Fourteen projects have been selected for the Sundance Institute's June Director's and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 29 - June 29, 2006. Nine directing fellows have been chosen to work with advisors on their work, while the six writers will join the director...

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    "The Making of a Martyr" Takes 2nd U.N. Doc Film Fest Prize

    The 2nd annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival honored "The Making of a Martyr" with its audience award for best film. First-time Canadian-born directors Brooke Goldstein and Alistair Leyland were on hand to accept the prize for the film about a 15 year old suicide bomber who surrenders his own mission to blow himself up on the Israeli border. The directors find themselves with unprecedented access in his home, with his mother, father and sister; in the Israeli prison where he is held; and in the school he attended. The UN Documentary Film Festival featured films that deal with the UN's millennium goals including eradicating extreme...

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    Kids Will Be Kids: Three New Docs Capture Very Different Summer Camp Experiences

    With the Summer Solstice just two short months away, it's easy to begin daydreaming about trips to the beach, a getaway to a mountain cabin, or if you have kids, shipping them off to a summer camp. So it's apropos that three new documentaries about camps for kids have begun to emerge on the festiva...

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    "Friends with Money" and "Smoking" Find their Groove; "Sir!" Strikes

    "Friends With Money" and "Thank You For Smoking" have found their comfort zones in relatively wide release, although neither looks to be a breakout indie hit on the order of a "Brokeback Mountain" or "Sideways." As a result, this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), compiled with num...

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    TRIBECA '06: Making Sense of TFF's Market; Can the Fest Turn The Corner?

    Asked to offer a few long-term goals for the Tribeca Film Festival during the annual kick-off press conference in Lower Manhattan Monday, event co-founder Jane Rosenthal reminded attendees that the first TFF was planned in just a few short months leading up to its May 2002 debut. Lacking a history o...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. Thre...

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    Arclight to Take "Rajapur" to the World

    Arclight Films has acquired Nanda Anand's debut film "Return to Rajapur" for worldwide sales. The film, described as a "heartfelt tale of love and destiny set in the sand-swept terrains of Rajapur, a desert city in Northern India," will will have its world premiere April 26th as an official selectio...

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    AFP: More movie shoots making New York Hollywood East

    Long one of Hollywood's favorite backdrops -- though, in recent years, only so far as its grit and flash can be depicted from stand-in California studios and Vancouver streets -- New York is increasingly drawing producers when it comes to location work. With 31,500 days of filming tallied in a year ...

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    Sundance Institute Appoints Mertes to Documentary Fund and Initiatives Post

    The Sundance Institute announced that Cara Mertes has been named its new director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. In her new position, Mertes will oversee all of the initiatives of the program, including the Sundance Documentary Fund, the annual Documentary Edit and Story Laboratory, the annual Documentary Composers Laboratory, the House of Docs programming at the Filmmaker Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival and ongoing year-round support for doc filmmakers. She will also curate documentary series with partner institutions, acting as liaison with other Sundance entities on doc initiatives and representing the Institute in...

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