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    Stony Brook Film Festival to Welcome Alda; Close with Burke's "Aurora Borealis"

    The 2006 Stony Brook Film Festival is closing Saturday, July 29 with James Burke's "Aurora Borealis." The film, starring Joshua Jackson, who is expected to attend along with Burke, centers on a troubled man who attempts to change himself following the untimely death of his father. The festival open...

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    Selick's "Coraline" Welcomes McShane

    Ian McShane, co-star of the upcoming "Scoop", has joined the cast of the Henry Selick's animated film, "Coraline". Focus Features has worldwide distribution rights to the LAIKA Entertainment project, adapted from Neil Gaiman's book of the same name. Already in the cast are Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, and the British comedy duo, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. The film is described as the story of "a young girl (voiced by Fanning) who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home, and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality." Selick directed the stop-motion/live-action "James and the Giant Peach" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before ...

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    BritDoc 2006.1: Start Me Up

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    Music, Humor, War and Personal Struggle Among 22 Docs Unveiled for Toronto Fest

    The Toronto International Film Festival revealed 22 additional documentary films that will join five previously announced titles in the Real to Reel section at the 31st annual event. Thirteen films will screen as world premieres, while three each are international, North American and Canadian premie...

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    Competition, Horizons Lineups (and More) Unveiled for 63rd Venice Fest

    Details of the 63rd Venice International Film Festival were unveiled in Rome by Marco Mueller, lead organizer of the heralded annual event. As previously announced, Brian De Palma's "The Black Dahlia" will open the festival August 30th, leading a group of five American films screening in the competi...

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    Venice Announced: My Top 15 Pix to See

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    "Saint of 9/11" and "Boy Culture" Take Top Prizes at 12th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian F

    The 12th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival ended Monday (July 24) with closing night films "Will You..." (world premiere) by Erin Greenwall and the Philadelphia debut of "Quinceanera" by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. "Saint of 9/11" won both the audience and juried prizes in the documentary section, and is the second in PIGLFF's history to win both awards in the category. The juried prize for best feature film went to "Boy Culture" by Q. Allan Brocka and the audience nod in the category went to "A Love to Hide" by Christian Faure. Other prizes went to "Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake" (jury a...

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    Fifteen Projects to Receive Money from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

    The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund announced its first round of grantss for 2006 with 15 feature-length documentary films receiving a total of $605,000. The fund supports U.S. and international docs that "focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and exploring critical issues of the time." Films that are works in progress receiving grants are: "Bombhunters" by Skye Fitzgerald (US/Cambodia); "Made in L.A." by Almudena Carrecedo and Robert Bahar (US); "Miss Gulag" by Maria Yatskova, Irina Vodar and Raphaela Neihausen (US); "My American Dream" by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini (US); ...

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    a sundance curse?

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