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    "Saint Ralph," "Crash" Win Kudos at Cinematheque Ontario

    At an award ceremony held Thursday night at Cinematheque Ontario organized by Film Circuit, the 2005 Mackenzie Investments Film Circuit People's Choice Awards were presented to writer/director Michael McGowan's "Saint Ralph" for best Canadian film and director Paul Haggis' "Crash" for best international film. Mackenzie Investments has been a sponsor of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group since September, 2005. Founded in 1992, Film Circuit has been bringing Canadian and international films to smaller communities across Canada reaching over 350,000 film fans annually at nearly 3,000 screenings in 176 circ...

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    American Cinematheque to Present Best of Slamdance '06

    The American Cinematheque's "The Alternative Screen: Independent Film Showcase" presents two evenings of award winners from the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival on Thursday, February 9th and 16th. Each program will begin at 7:30pm and will feature different films (shorts and features, narratives and documentaries). The Thursday, February 9th program is a 7:30pm screening of the grand jury award for best documentary,"Empire in Africa," which made its world premiere at Slamdance. Directed by Philippe Diaz, the film is the story of the unjust war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone. The Thursday, February 16th p...

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    MoMA to Present "Global Lens 2006"

    The Museum of Modern Art will present Global Lens 2006, its third annual exhibition of world cinema in collaboration with the Global Film Initiative, a New York-based organization established to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema. As the New York venue for the nationally touring film exhibition, which will be presented February 3-20 in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, the museum will present eight fiction features and five short fiction films from countries with developing and emergent film cultures. Among the features are "La Nuit de la verite" (The Night of Truth, 2004), a contemporary film from Burkina Faso ...

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    PARK CITY '06: "Half Nelson" Dominates Survey of Sundance 06 Critics and Journalists

    Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" -- and its stars -- topped indieWIRE's first poll of critics and journalists who covered the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which debuted last month in the dramatic Independent Film Competition at Sundance '06, was the overwhelming favorite among a group of 50 members o...

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    Hillcoat's "The Proposition" and Takashi's "Great Yokai War" Bookend San Francisco Independent Film

    Thirteen world premieres are slated for the 8th annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (IndieFest), which opened Thursday night with director John Hillcoat's "The Proposition." The festival will screen over 100 films and videos through February 14.

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    IFC News Covers indieWIRE Presents: Meet the Film Bloggers

    IFC News was on hand at the Apple Store Soho this past December for the monthly event, indieWIRE: Presents - Meet the Film Bloggers, where indieWIRE brought together some of our favorite film bloggers to discuss how they cover movies. The news segment, which is currently airing on The Independent Fi...

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    Intrepid Pictures Names New Execs for Financing and Development

    Intrepid Pictures, the newly formed independent production and film financing company, has named two senior executives in charge of finance and development of all feature film projects for the company's multi-year production and co-financing deal with Rogue Pictures and Universal Pictures. Intrepid principals and founders Trevor Macy and Marc Evans announced today that Jonathan Fischer will serve as CFO and Katherine Brown as VP of development. Fischer will be responsible for all finance, strategic planning, investor relations, and management of Intrepid's revolving senior credit facility led by JP Morgan Chase. Brown will be responsible for ...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Marilyn Manson playing author in "Wonderland"

    Rocker Marilyn Manson will play "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll in a movie that also marks his writing and directing debut. Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is heading to the upcoming Berlin Film Festival's European Film Market to drum up financial support for "Phantasmagoria: The...

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    "Enron" Wins Writers Guild Screenplay Award

    The documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" has won the Writers Guild award for documentary screenplay. The prize recognized writer Alex Gibney, who also produced and directed the film. It came Wednesday, two days into the much-awaited criminal trial of former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling in Houston. A jury is to decide whether Lay and Skilling orchestrated the accounting scheme that crashed Enron, once the seventh-largest company in the country, in December 2001. "I'm delighted to get this award," Gibney told The Associated Press after accepting his prize in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood...

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    New Screen Television Presents Inaugural New Vision Awards

    New Screen Television announced the winners of its inaugural New Vision Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognize "outstanding works from the yearly broadcast schedule of New Screen TV." All works broadcast by New Screen TV are automatically eligible and entered in to consideration for the awards. The winners are: Grand Prize for best film "The Adventures of Mad Matt" ($7,500) by Scott Rice (Austin, TX); Best Drama Prize ($2,000) “Stealing Innocence” by Nancy Stein (CA); Best Documentary Prize ($2,000) "Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle" by Mary Patierno (MA); Best Animation Prize (...

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