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  • Shadow and Act
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    SnagFilms Presents The VOD Premiere Of Alrick Brown's "Kinyarwanda"

    Announced in January, SnagFilms (parent company of indieWIRE) acquired exclusive digital rights to Alrick Brown's Rwandan genocide drama Kinyarwanda, AFFRM's sophomore theatical release (how many of you actually saw it?).

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Nanni Moretti Talks 'We Have A Pope,' Berlusconi Film, And Italian Cinema

    With a career spanning almost four decades, it's about time we put the "Nanni Moretti is the Italian Woody Allen" descriptor to rest. Though ultimately a flattering praise, it doesn't exactly paint an accurate picture. Generally composing movies with a perfect blend of comedic and dramatic elements, most of the humor in a Moretti film comes from cleverly written lines delivered in sincere dryness unlike the self-deprecating rambling/witty quips that live in Allen's scripts. Aside from maybe the Italian director's two diary-form films "Caro Diario" & "Aprile," it's hard to see either's output as even remotely interchangeable -- Moretti in sci-fi satire "Sleeper" or Allen in straight-drama "The Son's Room"? While they definitely write from a very personal place (well, Allen maybe not so often now), Moretti's explore various feelings such as becoming a father ("Aprile"), contemporary politics ("The Caiman"), religion ("We Have A Pope"), and even his old favorite past-time, water polo ("Red Lob"). Similarities exist, but their voices are very much their own.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Lena Dunham in Conversation with Nora Ephron

    I am very impressed with Lena Dunham.  Have been since I saw Tiny Furniture.  As the launch of her HBO show Girls approaches on the 15th of April (which I will write about next week), Lena is curating a program at BAM this week Hey, Girlfriend a program of 8 films about female relationships onscreen.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012

    If there’s one thing that New Directors/New Films had trouble doing this year, it was generating a consensus. Out of the films that screened as part of this year’s festival, 12 received both A's and F's from critics who attended screenings at the MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center series, which concluded on Thursday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: First Trailers For Ricky Gervais' New Show 'Derek'

    These may just be the opinions of this particular writer, but is Ricky Gervais slowly losing his touch? His third stint as a presenter at the Golden Globes was tepid in comparison to the previous two, his recent sitcom “Life’s Too Short” was extremely weak in comparison to “Extras” and “The Office,” while none of his cinematic efforts have really impressed. But still, he’s probably the most famous comedian in the world right now and he’s not slowing down in terms of creating content.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Short Doc On Dwayne McDuffie And Milestone Comics

    I think most would embrace a feature-length documentary on the late Dwayne McDuffie and the institution he created Milestone Media/Comics, a coalition of African American artists and writers and comic book company owned by African Americans, striving to positively address the lack of minorities in American comics, fighting for recognition and acclaim in an industry dominated by whites, both the characters within the comics, as well as the people who create, market and sell them. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Greta Gerwig Shot Secret Film She Wrote Last Year, Could Hit Festivals As Soon As The Fall

    Indie darling Greta Gerwig is not, whatever her screen persona might suggest, an actress without ambition. Since her debut with a small role in Joe Swanberg's "LOL," she's been rising steadily through the ranks, working with many of the heavyweights of the so-called "mumblecore" movement like the Duplass Brothers and Ti West, moving into the mainstream with Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," and even taking supporting roles in big studio comedies like "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur." And at the moment, she's on a run of working with a string of some of the most acclaimed filmmakers today: reuniting with Baumbach on HBO pilot "The Corrections," appearing in Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," and leading the long-awaited return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels In Distress," which opens this Friday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole' Beautiful And Brassy...But Frustratingly Sealed

    Let us pause, then, to contemplate the fate and fortunes of the director who does not have his or her eye set on the five-picture deal, the glossy franchise, the production wing in the bungalow offices of some major studio; what becomes of the director who only wants to make art and make it well? Canada's Guy Maddin clearly has no eye on commercial success -- rumor has it that his next feature might actually be in color -- and instead prefers to stand at the edge and peer into the abyss to look for what's next. This is a unique vantage point, to be sure, but it's also perilous if one should fall; "Keyhole" is both too much and too little, a crowded smorgasbord of genre picture tropes and haunted house tricks that leaves your eyes and brain distended with both far too much to absorb and far too little to sustain.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Walls of Leila" - Love Story Between Cape Malay Girl & African American Boy Set In Cape Town

    Courtesy of our friends at Africa Is A Country:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Little Miss Sunshine' Star Abigail Breslin To Lead Vincenzo Natali's 'Haunter'

    An oddity at the start of summer of 2010, the overlooked “Splice,” from “Cube” director Vincenzo Natali was an equal parts Paul Verhoeven and David Cronenberg-style body horror film, that was fortunately able to sidestep some third act contrivances to create a pretty memorable time at the movies. We liked it quite a bit, but the film bombed at the box office, casting some doubt of the future of the talent Natali’s career. He toyed with the idea of adapting the comic book “Alpha Flight” during press rounds for “Splice,” but most notably lined up a directorial gig with the adaptation of William Gibson novelization “Neuromancer” and a horror anthology film entitled “Paris, I’ll Kill You,” which were all options that piqued our interest at the time. Now it looks as if another project may be moving forward rather quickly for Natali, along with a familiar face joining the cast.

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