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    FIRST PERSON: How a Burn Pile of Scripts Led Vera Farmiga To Make "Higher Ground"

    Below, in a first person feature for indieWIRE, Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga opens up about how her directorial debut "Higher Ground" came to be, and why she decided to go behind the camera. This article was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where the ...

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    James Schamus on Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker Mag: A Must Read

    James Schamus has written a lovely and extended appreciation of Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker magazine. And it definitely deserves a read.

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    INTERVIEW | John Sayles on "Amigo": "It's just a great story that hasn't been told"

    Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles dusted off an obscure part of American (and Filipino) history in making his latest film "Amigo," set in the Philippines amidst the backdrop of U.S. occupation following the defeat of the country's long-time colonial overlord, Spain. The drama follows a group of U.S. troops who occupy the small jungle hamlet. Under pressure from a stalwart officer, played by Chris Cooper, to help the Americans hunt for Filipino guerrilla fighters, the town's defacto leader, Rafael (Joel Torre) is placed in a particularly odd situation because his brother (Ronnie Lazaro) leads the local insurgency and considers anyone who c...

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    Critic's Notebook | Skip "Conan" This Weekend and Invest in These Male Anti-Heroes Instead.

    The male libido is a Hollywood fixation. Testosterone-fueled fantasies have been a selling point for as long as the medium has been around, stretching back to Thomas Edison's 1894 kinetoscope short featuring Prussian bodybuilder Freidrich Wilhelm Müller, in which the muscleman struck a number of pos...

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    A Feast of Classic Films

    A successful film festival needs to have good movies, good people, and a good home. The folks behind the Plaza Classic Film Festival in El Paso, Texas have got it all. Their boast of being “The world’s largest classic film festival” is not an idle one; spread over eleven days, it features scores of films from the silent era to the 1980s, shown almost entirely in 35mm, with special guests, outdoor screenings, seminars and more. It’s insanely ambitious but I must say I was genuinely impressed. How can you not admire a festival that precedes its screening of Walt Disney’s Fantasia with the short subject Mick...

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    FUTURES: Andrea Riseborough Talks Madonna, RADA and "Brighton Rock"

    Age: 29 Hometown: Whitley Bay, England

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    Film Society Bringing Contemporary Polish Cinema to NYC This Fall

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center is teaming with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York for a week of contemporary Polish cinema. The series features Jacek Borcuch's "All That I Love," which played at this year's Sundance Film Festival and a two film tribute of digitally restored prints featur...

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    In My Own Words: Jeff Warrick Shares a Scene From “Programming The Nation?”

    Below director Jeff Warrick shares a scene from his documentary "Programming the Nation?," which takes a look at the history of mass-media subliminal messaging in America. The film opens Friday, August 19th at the Quad Cinema in New York, followed by a national roll-out via International Film Circui...

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    Film Festival Interruptus

    I feel like invoking that old joke, “Other than that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” as I explain that while attending (and enjoying) the El Paso Classic Film Festival this past weekend, I had to undergo emergency surgery for a detached retina.

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    When Celebrity Overwhelms Auteurs: Howard Feinstein on Resigning From the Sarajevo Film Festival

    We're publishing Howard Feinstein's first-person piece on his reasons for resigning from the Sarajevo Film Festival with the caveat that we're not taking sides; there's two for every story and here only Howard has the floor. (We've extended an invitation to the Sarajevo Film Festival for their take ...

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