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    New Orleans Fest Opens with a "Welcome," Closes with a "Valentine"

    The 21st Annual New Orleans Film Festival revealed that two Sundance favorites, Jake Scott's "Welcome to the Rileys" and Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," will bookend this year's festival. Additionally, Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" are also on tap to screen as p...

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    TIFF Skip List: 7 Notable Films Not Heading To Toronto

    The Toronto International Film Festival finalized its schedule yesterday, adding another 102 films to bring its total to 247 features. Though it's quite possible a few stragglers will end up making the cut before the festival kicks off on September 9th, at this point it's unlikely that most (or any)...

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    Doug Loves Movies

    Doug Benson is a very funny guy. You may have seen him on TV or at a local comedy club; he tours all the time. Or you may be familiar with his stoner documentary Super-High Me. But I’ve gotten to know Doug because he hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies (formerly known as I Love Movies)...

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    For Your Consideration: Assessing Oscar In The Calm Before The Storm

    It's been almost six months since indieWIRE's coverage of the mammoth 2009-2010 awards season came to an end. This "For Your Consideration" column has laid dormant ever since, its most recent edition a near year-in-advance stab at what might become of the next awards season. B...

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    "Altiplano" Co-Director Jessica Hope Woodworth: "We Believe in Humanist Cinema"

    After playing at the 2009 Cannes Critics' Week, "Altiplano," a collaboration between Jessica Hope Woodworth and Peter Brosens, is currently in limited release. The film, shot in Peru, has been getting high marks for its cinematography. In the film, "[w]ar photographer Grace, devastated by a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. The villagers turn their ra...

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    Small Screen | "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs Goldberg," Mr. Von Sternberg, and Mr. Romero, You're on DVD!

    This week's DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD release list includes a film nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar, George A. Romero's latest, a box set of three from Josef Von Sternberg, and a profile of radio/early TV star Gertrude Berg. Aviva Kempner, who directed the Berg flick, "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" (criticWIRE rating: B), took her film across the country to Jewish film fests and marketed the film to audiences that would have nostalgia for Berg and her radio and TV shows. The result was more than a million dollars at the box office. In The New York Times, Stephen Holden calls the film an "engrossing documentary portrait of a once-beloved radio and...

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    Summerfest: Garry Beitel on “The 'Socalled' Movie;” Watch it Now Free!

    SnagFilms’ 2nd annual SummerFest, a free online festival showcasing exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries, wraps up with "The 'Socalled' Movie,” the sixth and final film in the series, premiering today.

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    Bruce Beresford Takes a Crash Course for "Mao's Last Dancer"

    Bruce Beresford, one of Australia's most highly revered working directors, has completed over thirty features over the span of his forty year career, including "Driving Miss Daisy," "Black Robe," and "Tender Mercies." His latest, "Mao's Last Dancer," which had its world premiere at last year's Toron...

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    Small Screen | Spike Lee Goes Back to New Orleans, Two French Classics on Criterion & More

    Four years after Spike Lee's two-part documentary "When the Levees Broke:  A Requiem in Four Acts" debuted on HBO, Lee follows it up with "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise," another look at the country's gulf communities in and around New Orleans.  While the focus will be on the communities' ability to rebuild and stick together years down the line from Hurricane Katrina, Lee has implied that the BP oil spill and its effect on the region will play a role.  Cinematical's Christopher Campbell reports, "Reportedly the doc, which premieres on HBO August 23rd and 24th, was supposed to conclude with the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victo...

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    Under New Guidance, Locarno Dashes Through Busy 63rd Year

    Olivier Père left no doubt about his roots when he left his position as the artistic director of Directors' Fortnight at Cannes to hold the same job at the Locarno Film Festival this year. A montage of notable filmmakers whose early works premiered in Locarno played for about a minute before each co...

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