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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Body of War" Co-Director Ellen Spiro

    Director Ellen Spiro, whose slew of documentaries have played in film festivals and won awards across the world, most recently teamed up with ex-talk show host Phil Donahue for "Body of War." "War" chronicles the story of Tomas Young, a young U.S. soldier who returns from Iraq paralyzed from a bulle...

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    iW NEWS | Jackson Hole Unveils Slate for Fifth Annual Fest

    One hundred films from 30 countries will screen at the upcoming Jackson Hole Film Festival taking place June 5 - 9. Eighty-one titles will compete for the festival's "Cowboy Awards" in seven categories including Features, Docs, Global Insight, World Program, Spotlight Latin America, Sports Action and Student Voices. Among the films slated to run in the fifth annual event taking place in Wyoming are Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin' (Endless)," Marianna Palka's "Good Dick," and Mary Stuart Masterson's "The Cake Eaters." Documentaries include Eric Shiveley's "Everyone But You," Josh Tickell's "Fields of Fuel," Wijun Chen's "Please Vote fo...

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    INSIDE WORD | What's In a Name: "Towelhead" v. "Baghead"

    For a brief period of time this week it looked as if The Duplass Brothers' Sundance fest hit "Baghead" might lose its title due to a brewing scuffle between "Baghead" buyer Sony Pictures Classics and Warner Independent Pictures, distributor of Alan Ball's upcoming "Towelhead." The Duplass' film screened last week as "Baghead" at the Philadelphia Film Festival, noted blogger (and PFF progammer) Michael Lerman, and it is now listed simply as "The Duplass Brothers Movie" by this month's Tribeca Film Festival. Warner Independent balked when Sony Classics locked in "Baghead" for a mid-summer release ahead of their own "Towelhead" and the company w...

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    NY NY | Gotham Fetes United Artists, Africa and a Bit of Religion

    As spring lured New Yorkers outside this week, the Film Forum lured them back in again with its month-long tribute to United Artists. Zeitgeist's reception for the Israeli film "Jellyfish" was a bit overshadowed by the neighboring celebrity nuptials, Ondi Timoner's "Join Us" put the fear of God into...

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    IFP Abandons "Market" Moniker, Moves NYC Event Uptown

    The nearly thirty year old IFP Market, once also known as the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM), has been entirely re-named Independent Film Week by the IFP and its core works-in-progress screening component will now simply be called a "Project Forum." The New York non-profit is also leaving the event's longtime downtown home and moving it to the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in Chelsea. Set for September 14th - 19th, Independent Film Week will include the Project Forum and the Independent Filmmakers Conference, as well as special screenings and the annual awards ceremony. "In the film industry, the word 'Market' suggests busi...

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    iW NEWS | THINK Takes "The Escapist" for North America

    North American rights to Rupert Wyatt's directorial debut "The Escapist" have been picked up by THINKFilm, the company announced Thursday. The thriller had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will open theatrically in the Fall of '08 according to THINK's theatrical division head Mark Urman. Urman and the company's VP of acqusitions, Ben Stambler, negotiated the deal with Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt of Goalpost Film, and Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. In the film, Brian Cox stars as a man who is serving a life sentence in prison. When a letter informs him that his daug...

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    iW NEWS | Phang's "Half Life" Takes Best Feature at Gen Art Fest

    Jennifer Phang's drama "Half Life" won the "Acura Grand Jury for Best Feature" prize at the Gen Art Film Festival in New York, capping the week long event. Best short went to Christina Voros' "The Ladies," while the festival's "Stargazer Award," honoring "breakout talent for excellence" went to Luis Chavez for his role in the short "A Day's Work." Taking home audience nods for best feature and short respectively were Doug Pray's doc "Surfwise" and Rajeev Dassani's "A Day's Work." The 13th Gen Art Film Festival closed with the U.S. premiere of "The Take" starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez. "By all measures this has been our most successfu...

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    Enzian Turns the Lights Back On

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    Poster of the Week

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