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    Terrence Malick Wanted John Travolta & 15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Days of Heaven'

    While many directors worry about the sophomore slump, Terrence Malick might be remembered most for his second film, "Days of Heaven." The film stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as a lovestruck young couple in early 1900s Texas. After Bill, Gere's character, kills his boss, the couple and Bill's sister Linda (Linda Manz) flee. While looking for work they stumble upon an idyllic farm run by a sickly, yet kind farmer played by Sam Shepard. When the farmer falls in love with Abby, played by Adams, Bill convinces her to enter into a sham marriage with him in the hopes he’ll die soon and leave them his considerable wea...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Salaam Dunk" Director David Fine

    Basketball is much more than a game in David Fine's stirring documentary about an Iraqi women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq—Sulaimani in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play any sport, it is a blissful...

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    Tommy Wiseau Goes Legit: An Interview With the Man Behind "The Room"

    It's been nearly eight years since the world first laid eyes on Tommy Wiseau's "The Room." Initially hailed as one of the worst films ever made when Wiseau gave it an exclusive run for Academy consideration back in 2003, it's turned into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. The film was infamously fi...

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    Kitao Sakurai Brings His "Aardvark" To Brooklyn This Weekend

    This weekend at the Brooklyn Film Festival, New York audiences will get a chance to take in Kitao Sakurai's "Aardvark." Already a staple on the festival circuit after premiering in Locarno last summer, the film uniquely portrays the real-life relationship between a blind man recovering from alcohol...

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    Four Projects to Root For: Sexy Central American Thriller, A Closer Look at Banksy Art Piece & More

    In this week's in-production column looks at the new project "Bump and Run," from first-time writer Stephen Schaller and up-and-coming French director Patrick Alessandrin, which is just now beginning pre-production. From Kickstarter, a film about a piece of equipment that became a Banksy art piece ...

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    INTERVIEW | "Viva Riva!" Director Shines a Spotlight on Kinshasa

    Djo Tunda Wa Munga's feature debut, the intoxicating action-thriller "Viva Riva!," premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival with a bang. It has since gone on to play at Berlin and SXSW, on top of collecting six awards (including best film) at the African Movie Academy Awards. Mun...

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    INTERVIEW | "One Lucky Elephant" Director Lisa Leeman on Her Doc That Took 10 Years to Make

    Lisa Leeman's documentary, "One Lucky Elephant," tracks the nine-year odyssey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find the star of his circus, the elephant Flora, a good home. Leeman caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like working with an eleph...

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    Outfest Reveals 2011 Festival Line-up, Ones to Watch, and More

    Outfest's 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off in L.A. on July 7th and runs until the 17th with 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, along with over a dozen panels and special events. "This year's line-up is one of the strongest in Outfest history and we're excited t...

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: The British Invasion

    With Sheffield Doc/Fest taking over its new Summer berth this week, we've opted for a British take on the newest indieWIRE at Hulu Docs, iW's regular curation of Hulu's Documentaries page. For this edition, we're spotlighting a handful of British made or British focused non-fiction films available o...

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    INTERVIEW | "Queen of the Sun" Director on a Mission to Save the Bees

    "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" director Taggart Siegel investigates the decline in the world's bee population in his latest documentary, "Queen of the Sun." Below find an interview with Siegel where he discusses what led him to make the film and his passion for anthropology. "Queen of the Sun" opens...

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