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    Program Additions at Gen Art

    Gen Art, which organizes an annual film festival, recently announced some program additions. The group will begin hosting Cinema Circles for its top members. These will be special quarterly screenings followed by a discussion with cast and crew. For the 11th edition of its film festival, Gen Art is introducing the Stargazer Award for excellence in acting. Gen Art has also released the names of those on its 2006 film festival programming committee: Jake Abraham (producer, InDigEnt), Will Battersby (partner/producer, Safe House Pictures), Sofia Sondervan (senior vice president, feature films for Sony BMG), Linda Maglionico (festival freelancer ...

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    Holofcener's "Friends" To Open Sundance; Fest's Premieres Lineup Unveiled

    Nicole Holofcener's "Friends With Money" will open the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19th in Park City, UT. The festival's closing film will be Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog." Sundance organizers made the announcement today, also unveiling the roster of high-profile, often star-driven, titles...

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    "Capote" and "Murderball" Win Top Gotham Awards; "Squid" & "Sex Addict" Also Honored

    Bennett Miller's "Capote" and Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" were among the big winners Wednesday night at the annual Gotham Awards, nabbing the Best Feature and Best Documentary awards respectively at a ceremony hosted this year by actress Kyra Sedgwick and presented by the I...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Gray Named VP at IFC

    IFC has promoted Elektra Gray to the position of Vice President of Consumer Public Relations, the company announced today. She was previously the Director of PR for IFC and joined the company in 1999. She will report to Ellen Kroner, the SVP of Corporate Communications and Marketing for Rainbow Medi...

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    Slamdance To Kick Off With Clark's "Rockers"

    Larry Clark's "Wassup Rockers," which debuted this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, will open the 12th Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT on January 19th. The film described as "a skateboarding odyssey about a group of Latino teens who leave their East Los Angeles neighborhood ...

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    Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

    Making the second of four program announcements, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the rosters for the Spectrum, Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections. The new Spectrum section, renamed from the former 'American Spectrum' section, will now include both American and international titles. As ...

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    Downey, Dawson Star in Sundance Entries

    Ashley Judd, Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal and singer Tom Waits are among the stars appearing in movies competing for top honors at January's Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, festival organizers announced 64 films that will play at the Park City, Utah, festiva...

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    'Memoirs of a Geisha' Premieres in Japan

    For an American film starring a Chinese actress in a Japanese role, "Memoirs of a Geisha" picked a tough town for its world premiere. The film version of the best-selling novel of the same title debuted Tuesday in Tokyo to mixed reactions fueled by concerns of cultural authenticity. The film is rife...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Talking Distribution and Sundance During an Industry Session in Amsterdam

    The pending announcement of Sundance's competition lineup weighed heavy on the minds of some attendees at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Monday night local time as a sizeable group of people sat in wooden bleachers in a community center near festival's headquarters for a pan...

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