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    Reuters: Spike Lee, filmmaking "provocateur," targets Katrina

    Never far from the center of a storm, self-described filmmaker "provocateur" Spike Lee is headed to New Orleans to make a documentary examining how race and politics collided in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lee says he will use "factual journalism, not creative narrative" in his look at Katrina a...

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    Unique "Four Eyed" Strategy: iTunes, MySpace.com, The New iPod, and a Video Podcast Series

    With Apple's announcement of its new video screen iPod just one day old, independent filmmakers are already eyeing how the device (and its supporting software iTunes) might help them distribute their own work. Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, who recently spoke with indieWIRE in a profile exploring the...

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    AFI FEST to Tribute Jonny Depp at Special Event

    AFI FEST 2005 has selected actor Johnny Depp for this year's tribute. The tribute to Depp will take place at ArcLight Hollywood on Friday, November 11th, followed by the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's "The Libertine," by Laurence Dunmore starring Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich, as part of the festival's Special Screening series. The film is Dunmore's directorial debut. Depp will make the rare appearance in an on-stage conversation with film critic, commentator and author Richard Schickel. The event will also include a career montage, and a series of clips examining the actor's work. The tribute is made possible through a ...

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    IFP and FIND Divorce Complete

    The Independent Feature Project (IFP) and Film Independent have concluded their separation, according to IFP. The split began earlier this year when IFP/Los Angeles decided to end its association with the other IFP organizations. As part of the agreement, IFP run by Michelle Byrd in New York recently took over Filmmaker Magazine and the IFP.org website. Shortly before this year's IFP Market Jay Milla took over as publisher of Filmmaker after Stephen Gallagher decided to attend graduate school. Film producer Scott Macaulay remains Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly publication which was founded in 1992. Film Independent is headed by Dawn Hudson ...

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    Ojai Unveils Plans; Welcomes "March of the Penguins" Director and to Honor Gena Rowlands

    The Ojai Film Festival has announced a slate of 50 films for its upcoming four-day event in the picturesque community 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Kicking off with a welcoming BBQ for participants on Thursday, October 20 at 5 p.m., the festival will then provide a free community screening of "March of the Penguins," with director Luc Jacquet in attendance. The free outdoor screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in Ojai’s Libbey Park will give attendees an opportunity to meet Jacquet who will discuss his filmmaking process and the challenges of capturing the "real-life love story" of the Antarctic's Emperor Penguin on film. Additionally, the festiv...

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    TLA Takes Broadcast and Home Entertainment Rights to "Evilenko"

    TLA Releasing has acquired the North American home entertainment and broadcast rights from Blue Star Movies to the Italian-Russian psychological thriller "Evilenko," by Italian director David Grieco (who wrote the book on the story) and starring Malcolm McDowell. The film is a true-life account of A...

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    5 Questions for Tim Kirkman, Directors of "Loggerheads"

    When we last checked in with Tim Kirkman, back at Sundance this year, he was anticipating his first trip to the Park City festival. At his first screening, he clutched a small camera and snapped a shot of the audience. At age 38, after making a pair of feature docs and even working for years at Mira...

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    AMPAS Unveils Short List for Short Doc Oscar Race

    Eight short docs are in competition for an Oscar nomination for the 78th Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of titles vying for one of 3 to 5 nominations in the Short Documentary category. They are: "Abused", "The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of ...

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    Reykjavik Fest Lures Filmmakers to Ambitious Event and Iceland's Remarkable Beauty

    During any given period, there are places in the world that are the en vogue places to visit. Prime Minister Tony Blair promoted "Cool Britannia" after his first election win in the late '90s and every backpacker, it seemed, flocked to Prague several years earlier following the fall of communism, in...

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    Shoot to Kill: Im Sang-soo Gets Down and Dirty With Politics in "The President's Last Bang"

    Aside from Lars von Trier's blowsy America-trashing "Manderlay," "The President's Last Bang," directed by controversy-magnet Im Sang-soo, was the most controversial entry in the 43rd New York Film Festival. Or at least it would have been, if American audiences had even the most passing knowledge of ...

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