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    The Dead Zone: Eugene Jarecki's "Why We Fight"

    Documentaries like Eugene Jarecki's Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "Why We Fight" put me in two frames of mind. On the one hand, its staid and steady by-the-PBS-book blend of talking heads, archival footage, and recent news clips makes one ponder the necessity of a theatrical release. On the oth...

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    PARK CITY '06: Patricia Foulkrod: "I learned to direct from having my heart broken and reshaped a fe

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    The 'Other' Munich Film

    As the Wall Street Journal reports, those who have seen "Munich" may find familiar the story of "an Israeli agent named Avner who faces a crisis of conscience after helping assassinate Palestinians believed to be behind the Munich slayings." While thats the plot summary of Steven Spielberg's new film "Munich," it is apparently also a description of the 20 year old cable movie "Sword of Gideon". According to WSJ, both movies are based on George Jonas's 1984 book, "Vengeance." Active Canadian indie producer Robert Lantos, who produced "Sword" told the Journal, "It's a testament to the cunning and foresight of Spielberg's publicity machine that ...

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    PARK CITY '06: Jocelyne Saab: "I was sipping my coffee and staring at the Nile. I was asking myself,

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    "Violence" Wins Online Prize

    David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" won the best picture award from the Online Film Critics Society. The 138-member group presented their 9th annual awards, awarding "Violence" two other awards: best director for Cronenberg and Maria Bello, best supporting actress. Philip Seymour Hoffman won ...

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    First Person: Richard Linklater on the 20th Anniversary of the Austin Film Society

    [This is the latest in a regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    Sundance Announces '06 Fest Jurors

    Sundance Film Festival organizers have named the jurors for the upcoming festival, which starts this week in Park City, UT. On the Independent Film Competition dramatic jury are filmmakers Miguel Arteta, Alan Rudolph, and Audrey Wells, actor Terrence Howard, and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber. On the Independent Film Competition doc Jury are filmmakers Joe Bini, Zana Briski, Andrew Briski, Alexander Payne, and Heather Rae. In the World Cinema competitions, the dramtic jurors are Locarno festival director Irene Bignardi, Chinese filmmaker Lu Chan, and Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, while on the doc jury are filmmakers Jean-Xavier de Lest...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Valley"

    ThinkFilm has acquired North American rights to David Jacobson's "Down in the Valley," starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Rory Culkin, and Bruce Dern. The film will be released this Spring. The film was produced by Norton's Class 5 Films, in partnership with Holly Wiersma and Element Films' Adam Rosenfelt. Set outside Los Angeles, it is described as "the story of a bored teenager, Tobe (Wood), whose aimless existence is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Harlan Carruthers (Norton), a charismatic cowboy who seems as if he would be much more at home in Monument Valley than in the San Fernando Valley." ThinkFilm E...

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    PARK CITY '06: Ryan Fleck: "...It came out of a frustration with wanting to change the world but not

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06: Christian Frei: "A documentary never starts with an idea. It starts with something 'r

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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