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    Sundance.org Video Audience Reaches One Million Downloads

    The Sundance Institute announced that worldwide audiences have downloaded over one million videos, breaking previous records according to the organization. Online visitors have downloaded a range of free programs from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, including video highlights of festival happenings, filmmaker interviews and 50 short films that were screened in festival competition. The 2006 Sundance Film Festival, which took place this year from January 19 to 29, is the only major film fest to premiere short films on the web within hours of their premieres in theatres in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. The number of vi...

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    "Americanese," "Journey from the Fall" Bookend 24th San Francisco Asian American Fest

    The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 24th edition, to run March 16 through 26. One-hundred and twenty-six feature-length films, documentaries and shorts from around the world are set to screen in the Bay Area, making this festival North Americ...

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    RiverRun Film Festival Saddles "Bullrider" Kick Off

    Cowboy doc "Bullrider" will open the 2006 RiverRun International Film Festival March 16th in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring a line up of 25 feature films and 44 shorts from 22 countries. The feature, directed by Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury") follows the story of men who ride the professional bull ri...

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    AlJazeera: Saudis put cinema ban in the frame

    Saudis, thirsty for cinema in a country with no big screens, say they are determined to drag the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom into the celluloid world. Seven films produced by Saudis will take part in a festival in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi in March, the strongest showing yet for the country's nascent cinema industry. Abdullah Eyaf, 28, a director who runs a website promoting film, said, "We'd like to do films that our society likes, that help the rise of cinema, and also get recognition. I'd like our voice to reach the West." His 45-minute documentary, "Cinema 500km", tackles the issue head-on, depicting a Saudi who mu...

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    AFP: Gandhi no longer 'PC' in militarist India, says director

    Indian-born director Deepa Mehta says admiring independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is no longer politically correct in the country as militarism is on the rise. Speaking at the Bangkok International Film Festival where her controversial film "Water" is showing, Mehta said the pacifism of the man known as the father of the nation no longer fitted in with Indian politics. "It's not PC to say this but I'm an admirer of Gandhi," Mehta told reporters Thursday when asked why she included some of Gandhi's words in her film about the plight of castigated widows in India during the 1930s. "Water" is the last of Mehta's trilogy, following "Fire" (1996...

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    AP: South Korea's Own "Brokeback Mountain?"

    Just as "Brokeback Mountain" has become a pop culture phenomenon in the United States, a gay-themed movie has racked up big box-office in South Korea. "King and the Clown," about a delicately effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more...

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    As Wellspring Closes, Examining The State of the Art House Distribution

    The Weinstein Company would rather not characterize the closing of Wellspring's theatrical distribution division as a shut down, but for the eight people who will be leaving Wellspring in the coming weeks, the decision marks the end of a company that had engendered tremendous loyalty among its emplo...

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    AP: Redford Says Sundance Taken by a 'Fever'

    Robert Redford says his Sundance Film Festival, which last month wrapped its 25th season, is "almost to a breaking point." "It's gotten to the point now - almost to a breaking point - where there's a fever that has taken over the festival that creates an enormous amount of chaos and excitement and tension," the 68-year-old actor said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "It's gotten a little bit harder on me. The festival that we do is the same one as we did the first year," he said. "We program it exactly the same every year, which is for new voices and more experimental films. The difference now," Redford said, is everything sur...

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    Red Shift Festival of Film, Video and Animation to Open 4th Edition at Anthology Archives in New Yor

    The fourth annual Red Shift Festival of Film, Video and Animation (RSF4 ) will take place February 23 - 25 at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East Village. Formed in New York in 2002 by a group of immigrants from former Soviet Bloc countries, the event has showcased international works primar...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Moshe Joins Sidetrack Films

    The Film Sales Company's Jared Moshe has joined Sidetrack Films to head up sales and operations. Formed a year ago, Sidetrack Films produced the IDA award winning documentary "Favela Rising" that is set for release later this year. Sidetrack produces and provides financing for independent films and ...

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