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    National Film Board of Canada Awards Two Filmmakers with Feature Documentary Fund

    The National Film Board of Canada announced its two winners for the Feature Documentary Fund, which awards filmmakers $800,000 towards the production of their documentary. This year's chosen projects were "Basement Tapes," directed by Brett Gaylor, and "Love at the Starlite Motel," by Alison Rose. "Basement Tapes" explores the corporate control of music in the record industry and then advocates for a free public domain where people can create and share music online without getting stopped by copyright laws. The other winning documentary, "Love at the Starlite Motel," comments on Latin American attitudes towards love and sex. The film takes a ...

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    "Joyeux Noel" Wins Appeal of 'R' Rating

    The MPAA has overturned their rating of French foreign language Oscar nominee "Joyeux Noel," giving the movie a 'PG-13' instead of an 'R'. The film's distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, and director Christian Carion, had appealed the rating. In a statement today, Carion said, "It is important this ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: The Indiewood Oscars -- Four Specialty Films (Made For $35 Million Comb

    Leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards, numerous insiders and observers have quipped that this year's Oscar ceremony will be a bust with TV viewers since there are few big stars and only smaller movies nominated for the big awards. Indeed, the combined budget for the five best picture Oscar nominees ...

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    On the Eve of the Spirit Awards, 4 Questions for Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent

    Chatting with Variety editor Peter Bart and film producer Peter Guber on this weekend's special Independent Spirit Awards episode of "Sunday Morning Shootout," on AMC, Spirit Awards host Sarah Silverman was asked whether she is looking forward to hanging out with indie people this Saturday at the an...

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    An Uneasy East-West Fusion: The Bangkok International Film Festival

    Among the most generous and hospitable of fests, The Bangkok International Film Festival, or BKIFF, is like a celebrity chef's idea of fusion, a hybrid of Asian and American ingredients. It is Thai-based, obviously, shows a large number of new Thai and other Asian films, includes two Asians among it...

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    Infinity Media Revving Up with 'Mike the Bike'

    Infinity Media, producers of the multiple Oscar-nominated "Capote," is planning to produce another film on a real-life charismatic person -- British motorcycle champion Mike Hailwood. Hailwood, voted "Greatest Motorcyclist of All Time" in a recent worldwide poll, won the world championship ten times in the '60s and '70s before being forced to retire after a terrible crash which left him partially crippled. Nicknamed "Mike the Bike" by his legions of fans, he still has a huge following around the globe. The project was brought to Infinity by writer/producer Paul Pender, who obtained the life rights from Hailwood's widow Pauline earlier this ye...

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    Reuters: Israelis ask Oscars to drop suicide bomb film

    A group of Israelis who lost children to Palestinian suicide bombings appealed on Wednesday to organizers of next week's Academy Awards to disqualify a film exploring the reasoning behind such attacks. The bereaved parents said they had gathered more than 32,000 signatures on a petition against the ...

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    Romano, Ross and Badu to Attend SXSW with Films

    The upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) announced more notable personalities that will be attending the event taking place March 10 - 18. The list of actors and performances confirmed to attend in support of new features are actor/comedians Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Ross, Charles Nelson Reilly, Erykah Badu, and Questlove of The Roots. Romano will be attending the World premiere of the documentary, "95 Miles To Go," directed by Tom Caltabiano on March 13th. Popular stand-up comedian Jeffrey Ross will be at SXSW for the U.S. premiere of his documentary, "Patriot Act: a Jeffrey Ross Home Movie," scheduled for March 14th. Leg...

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    David Carradine to Receive Method Fest Honors

    Actor Michael Madsen ("Kill Bill") will present the 2006 The Method Fest independent film festival Maverick Award to fellow "Kill Bill" star David Carradine, the event announced Wednesday. Carradine will be given the honor for "his outstanding contribution to cinema and his versatility as an actor, ...

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    In Spirit Awards Spotlight, "Room" Secures U.S. Distribution Deals

    Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinc...

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