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    Patricia Martinez de Velasco's Debut Film Opens LALIFF July 17

    LALIFF’s 15th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Celebration will take place on Sunday July 17 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. Produaced by Beverly Hills and Mexico City based production company La Banda, this family comedy is the directing debut of Patricia Martinez de Velasco ♀ ♀ ♀ !

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Kirikou" Director Shoots 3rd Film in West African Folk Tale Franchise

    Missed this when it was first announced in the spring, but France's Michel Ocelot is currently working on his next animated feature, Kirikou et les hommes et les femmes (Kirikou and Men and Women).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For "The Bachelor Party" With Lamann Rucker

    O.K. so here we go again. Here's another trailer for an upcoming straight-to-DVD release (Sept 20) of a stage play. Though it's a short trailer, there's no need to go into the plot. The trailer pretty much explains itself.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Joke and Biagio "How to Build an Emotional Connection with Your Audience"

    Posts about how to use crowdfunding effectively have become a bit of mainstay in the indie film blogosphere. But that doesn't make them any less crucial. Crowdfunding has become the most-talked about new tool in a filmmaker's arsenal for getting your movie financed. It's an intimidating commitment, particularly if you want to do it well. Luckily we all have a community to turn to, a community that has been very generous with their shared knowledge. Joke and Biagio, a husband & wife filmmaking team, collected their favorite & most helpful crowdfunding posts recently -- and having included a post from this site SPRANG to my attention. They not only found posts that were useful, but also were then able to recognize what was missing. Today they guest post and fill in one of those gaps: the emotional connection between your crowdfunding campaign and your audience. Thanks guys!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Will Smith Poised to Reprise Role as "Fresh Prince"?

    It's been 15 years since Will Smith starred as the quirky West Philadelphia teenager sent to live with his wealthy relatives in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Rockwell Negotiating To Star In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

    Well, you knew something had to break. After his Best Acting Oscar nomination for "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner's stock in the star market rose astronomically and he attached himself to several tentpoles ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" being the biggest) and even flirted with the first iteration of Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology project. But something in his schedule had to give and that's become an indie called “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

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  • Eric Kohn
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    This Saturday, Check Out the Last Panel on Distribution You Ever Need to Attend.

    I've had a great time putting together a series of events this month to celebrate indieWIRE's 15th anniversary. Although I've only been involved with the site a fraction of that time, I'm always amazed when I hear from longtime readers of the site. indieWIRE has been around to cover some of the biggest accomplishments in (largely American) cinema in recent years. That's what the indieWIRE at 15 series at 92YTribeca and the premiere of the Sundance hit "Bellflower" on Friday are meant to recognize. But there's another aspect of this world--the business side--that indieWIRE has also followed closely. We'll tap into that side of the story on Saturday.

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: Robert Nishimura's THREE REASONS series is a Criterion buff's fantasy

    The Criterion Collection is known for delivering the highest quality standard in video distribution. Their mission statement says it all; it sells “important classic and contemporary films” to cinephiles of all genres and interests. For many DVD collectors, having the Criterion edition of certain titles justifies throwing other versions in the bin. From digital transferring to final package design, Criterion strives to bring the best possible elements to their buyers, often with the director’s own seal of approval. Naturally this kind of attention to detail inspires fanatical devotion among the company's audience. -- and in the sincerest form of flattery, it has inspired imitators. Part of the appeal in seeing a Criterion release is its ornate packaging. The company has an amazing team of in-house designers, as well as a keen eye for independent illustrators who are brought in to give their own unique spin on projects. It truly feels like the golden age of DVD cover design, and with that, Internet forums and tumblr blogs sprang up seemingly overnight with their own fake Criterion covers; simply typing those three words in any search engine will provide hours of visual enjoyment (or disgust, if you are a cover art snob like myself).

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  • The Playlist
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    NYAFF '11 Reviews: 'Vengeance Can Wait,' 'Love And Treachery' & 'Raw Force'

    "Vengeance Can Wait"You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.

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