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    Gill Leaving Warner Independent; Surprise Move Raises Questions About Direction for Unit

    Nearly three years after launching Warner Independent Pictures, the company's parent company, Warner Bros. Pictures, announced late Tuesday night that Mark Gill is leaving his post as president of the division. The news came as a complete surprise to people inside and outside of the company, raising...

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    CANNES '06: Line up Set for 38th Directors' Fortnight

    Since 1969, the French Directors Guild has programmed a selection of films in Cannes from around the world, known as the Directors' Fortnight that is independent from the Cannes Official Selection. The line up includes both established new talent as well as filmmakers who are little known in the Wes...

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    indieWIRE ALERT: Gill Leaving Warner Independent

    Warner Independent Pictures announced Tuesday night that Mark Gill is stepping down from his post as president of the company. The move will be effective tomorrow (Thursday) and Gill will enter into a production deal with Warner Bros., the studio said tonight in a statement. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    "Army" Invades Specialty Box office; "Water" Rises

    This week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of new art and specialty films was led by 1969 movie, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows." The latest restoration project by Rialto Pictures grossed $12,620 at New York's Film Forum last weekend. Rialto's previous release, director Carol ...

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    Ham Tran Wins Perrier Prize

    Filmmaker Ham Tran, director of "Journey From The Fall," has been awarded Perrier's Bubbling Under Award, presented at the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival. The prize recognizes, "the achievements of an emerging and flourishing feature film director who has demonstrated outstanding talent." The filmmaker, an immigrant from Saigon, recently graduated from UCLA with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television. The film, inspired by actual events, "follows the Nguyen family as they were separated after April 30, 1975. Like hundreds of thousands of other South Vietnamese, Long Nguyen endures the incredible ordeals of communist 're-educat...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unac...

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    AMC Theaters to Unveil New Art-House Circuit

    Today, AMC Theaters is planning to announce the launch of a network of theaters nationwide that will focus on art-house films, according to a Reuters report. The country's second largest theater chain will create a circuit of 72 screens in 39 markets, according to the story. At least one screen in s...

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    TRIBECA '06: In a Time of Change for the Movie Business, Talking About Emerging Distribution Platfor

    While John Cassavetes is hailed as the godfather of the modern independent film movement, many have argued that the Indiewood business model was truly born when Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired and released Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" in 1989. But now, that model seems to be chang...

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    "A Love To Hide" Sweeps Top Prizes At Miami Gay & Lesbian Fest

    Christian Faure's "A Love To Hide," about a gay couple in Nazi occupied Europe who offer protection to a Jewish refugee during the war, took two top prizes at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which closed on April 30. The film won both the juried and audience awards for best fiction feature. The award for best juried documentary went to Malcolm Ingram's "Small Town Gay Bar," about two gay bars trying to survive in the homophobic bible belt of North East Mississippi. Other festival prizes include the audience favorite short, which was awarded to Shay Sellers for "The Black Box," a personal account of the filmmaker's transition from teen ...

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    Production Report: "Love and Mary," "Sisters," "Solstice," "Urban Explorers," "We Own The Night"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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