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    Oscar Night in Black & White

    Stretching nearly six months, awards season begins slowly, speeds up and then ends swiftly. A crush of media attention is paid to the Academy Award nominees in the week leading up to Oscar night and days after, attention wanes by the hour.

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    SXSW '10 | Mike Dolan's "Dance" Sees the Hidden Life of a Texas Family

    Mike Dolan premieres his narrative competition film "Dance with the One," a film about a Texas family, in his home state. In it, "Nate, a skateboard-riding, small-time pot dealer, wants out of Texas. Out of his family home - broken and haunted by the tragic death of his mother. Out from sharing a r...

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    IFC Has "Mercy" This Spring

    North American rights to romantic drama "Mercy" by Patrick Hoelck have been picked up by IFC Films, the company said Tuesday. The film, starring writer/producer Scott Caan as well as Wendy Glenn, Troy Garity, Erika Christensen, Alexie Gilmore, John Boyd, Dylan McDermott, Whitney Able and James Caan...

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    Oscar-Winning Art Directors Talk Avatar, Pandora

    Cameron Carlson reports on the Oscar-winning art directors on Avatar.

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    "happythankyoumoreplease" & "Mercy" Bookend 15th Gen Art Film Fest

    Unveiling its 15th edition with its signature 7 Premieres and 7 Parties over 7 days, the Gen Art Film Festival will open April 7 with Josh Radnor's 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winner, "happythankyoumoreplease." The festival hosts a New York premiere followed by a party at various New ...

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    Box Office 2.0: The Specialty Box Office Winners of Awards Season

    The Oscars are finally in the annals of history, and obviously the biggest box-office related story is that "The Hurt Locker," a $15 million grossing film festival pick-up, managed to take six awards - including best picture and best director. Most impressive is that it did so against the billion-do...

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    SXSW '10 | "Putty Hill" Director Matt Porterfield's Circuitous Journey to SXSW

    Matt Porterfield, like many SXSW filmmakers, came to his film, "Putty Hill," in a roundabout way. A slice-of-life piece, largely improvised, "Putty Hill unfolds as "[a] young man dies of a heroin overdose in an abandoned house in Baltimore. On the eve of his funeral, family and friends gather to co...

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    Under New Leadership, Full Frame Doc Fest Sets 2010 Slate

    The 13th annual Full Frame Documentary Festival, taking place in downtown Durham, N.C. from April 8-11, has announced their upcoming lineup. The roster is the first under newly appointed Executive Director, Deirdre Haj.

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    Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot: Bong Joon-ho's "Mother"

    Early in Bong Joon-ho’s last feature, 2006’s The Host, there’s a scene in which the dysfunctional Park family assembles to publicly mourn their youngest member, whom they (as well as the audience) believe has been eaten by a giant aquatic mutant that has emerged from the Han River. Each of the Parks is uniquely, comically pitiable: the poor, overindulgent father; the daughter left with a bronze medal in archery after choking at the last minute; the belligerent, unemployed alcoholic son. Each of the characters bawls loudly for their departed, but this mourning goes just a bit too far. Soon the scene moves from bathos to slapstick: they fall on...

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