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    Who is Zoe Keating and Why Should Indie Filmmakers Care?

    New York-based digital consultant Chris Dorr and I had a lively phone conversation Thursday about how independent filmmakers should exploit the internet. He got off the phone and wrote this essay.

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    Oscar Talk Episode 4: A Single Man, A Serious Man, Bright Star, Get Low, The Last Station

    In Oscar Talk, Episode 4, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I continue our discussion of all things Oscar. We cover the foreign language submissions (62 so far), the PGA and Oscar ten best films, the long-term forecast on Bright Star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar hopefuls The Last Station and Get Low...

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    Defying the Economy! IFC Center in NYC to Add Additional Screens

    New York's IFC Center is expanding its venue from three to five auditoriums, augmenting the arthouse theater's capacity by 25%. Construction is underway, in the space once used as a bar and restaurant, and the new theaters are expected to open to the public in early 2010. Operators tout the expansio...

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    Disney Downsizes Miramax

    Following months of rumors about its fate, The Wrap is reporting that Walt Disney is trimming the number of films its specialty division, Miramax, will release annually in addition to consolidating part of its operations.

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    Miramax Restructures, Reduces Film Output

    With the departure of Disney studio chief Dick Cook, things were not looking up for Miramax Films, yet another studio specialty division trying to survive some weak boxoffice. (Current release The Boys Are Back, starring Clive Owen, is not taking off.) Disney is dealing with the issue for the moment by restructuring Miramax, consolidating marketing and distribution with the parent studio, and reducing the number of films that Miramax releases every year. (That's the exact opposite of my solution for what they should do.) Miramax will reduce its output to just three movies a year (including acquisitions), and cut its staff of 75 by some 50 pos...

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    Strand Gives "John" U.S. Home

    U.S. rights to Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s historical drama "John Rabe" have been picked up by Strand Releasing. The German-French-Chinese co-production is based on the diaries of John Rabe who was known as the "Schindler of China" because of his role in rescuing 200,000 civilians du...

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    "Baaria" Under Fire As Animal Rights Groups Demand Tornatore's Prosecution

    Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria" - recently selected as Italy's foreign language film submission for the 82nd Academy Awards - has found itself in the midst of considerable controversy. Reuters is reporting that Italy's main animal rights group has asked prosecutors to stop further screenings of the fi...

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    "Art" Packs Punch at NYFF Screening

    It's not often that a post-screening Q&A produces big fireworks, especially at such a venerable and reserved affair as the New York Film Festival, but the sparks flew Wednesday night following Don Argott's doc, "The Art of the Steal." The film, which recalls the long and arduous fight for control of...

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