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    Join S&A Livecast Today! "Dark Girls" Producers D. Channsin Berry And Bill Duke

    It's a special S&A live podcast today and you won't want to miss it! At 3:00pm/est TODAY we plan to air our very enlightening interview with the producers of Dark Girl, D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke.

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    Freedom of Expression Banned: 6 Iranian Filmmakers Imprisoned

    One of my dearest friends in the business, Katayoon Shahabi, international sales agent and producer of the Iranian documentary A Brief Peace is among the six Iranian filmmakers just imprisoned in Iran for working for the BBC. Her company Sheherazade is the only independent international sales agent...

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    First EVER US-based Killer/Hope Masterclass On Producing Indie Films In Trouble Times

    Christine Vachon and I have toured the world, preaching the indie gospel. Well, okay, we've toured UK & Scandinavia with a stop-over in Amsterdam, but now we've succumbed to popular demand and are going to share a good deal of what we know and what we've learned in one one day session in NYC on Nov...

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    NYFF ‘11 Review: Scorsese's George Harrison 'Material World' Doc Is A Moving & Striking Portrait

    Rock 'n' roll and Academy-Award-winning Italian American filmmaker Martin Scorsese are inextricably linked. After decades of creating striking pictures soundtracked to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and the Phil Spector-produced Girl Group strut and constructing documentaries about some of the biggest giants in contemporary music -- Bob Dylan ("No Direction Home:Bob Dylan"), The Band ("The Last Waltz") and the Stones ("Shine a Light") -- Scorsese finally turned his gaze to one titan in rock he had yet to cross paths with, The Beatles. Or more specifically in this case, the enigmatic "quiet" Beatle, George Harrison (though tr...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Dreileben' Is An Accomplished, Dense Trilogy Spanning Murder, Love & More

    With the recent upsurge in quality TV programming and the ensuing embracement by cinema-goers, it was only a matter of time before film festivals actually started programming pieces originally made for the tube. Both "Carlos" and "The Red Riding Trilogy" were of this ilk; flicks broadcast on the small-screen that retained their cinematic quality but took advantage of the long-form storytelling television provided. "Dreileben," the latest of these undertakings, centers on a murder across three feature films each with their own perspective. Things open innocently with a youthful romance, the loose murderer and subsequent manhunt only lurking in...

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    Review: 'My Joy' Is A Searing Blast On Russian Society Past And Present

    After admiring the mixing process of cement, two men heartlessly drop a dead body into the vat. The sun shines, a bulldozer covers the hole, and people get on with their workday. Wait a second, Sergei Loznitsa, you don't really mean that title sincerely, do you?

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    Review: 'Dream House' Is An Awful Nightmare

    Universal has gone out of its way to market the unfortunately dour "Dream House" as a gooseflesh-raising thriller, emphasizing a pair of ghostly girls and positioning them on a decaying staircase in an image eerily evocative of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." The fact that this image is so fleeting that its presence in the movie could easily be counted in the milliseconds didn't matter to them. After being delayed due to reshoots and nearly every creative principle publicly distancing themselves from the film (including director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz), they needed to drum up all the sizzle they could for this s...

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    Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects

    Roman Polanski's Carnage played well in Venice and opened the New York Film Festival Friday night. Adapted by Polanski from Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage, which was a hit in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles, the movie will be catnip for Sony Pictures Cl...

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    You Can See MARTHA MARCEY MAY MARLENE No Matter Where You Are

    How often does a distributor truly do a really impressive job making sure that people all over the globe can see an art film? How often does a true indie open globally? How often does a true indie play at film festivals all over the world? I am told that only once in the last ten years has a film...

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    Watch: John C. Reilly Is Thrilled To Find Out His Kid Is In A Gang In Amusing Clip From 'Carnage'

    Oscar contender or merely an amusing trifle? The jury is still out on Roman Polanski's "Carnage" which premiered in August in Venice to mostly good reviews (our own man in Italy said he felt it was more of the latter in his review). The film is making its first North American appearance this weekend...

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