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    Meet the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers | "Sawdust City" Director David Nordstrom

    Displaying a genuine feeling for his characters and their distinctly Midwestern surroundings, writer/director David Nordstrom makes his feature debut with Sawdust City, set in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. On a snowcapped Thanksgiving, while most families are comfortably settled around the ...

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    Ben Affleck To Direct Tell No One Remake, Holds Actors Hostage for Argo

    In mid-career, Ben Affleck, who has always been one of the smarter actors around, has opted to chase his potential as a writer and director. It's a lot more work, of course.

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    First Person | Director Chris Weitz on Moving From "Twilight" to "A Better Life" in East L.A.

    Chris Weitz is the director of "A Better Life," which will have its world premiere June 21 as a gala in the Los Angeles Film Festival, which starts tomorrow. He also directed "Twilight" franchise entry "New Moon," "The Golden Compass" and "About a Boy," among others. "A Better Life" will be released...

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    indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Documentary Based on "The Idiot," "Soft in the Head"

    Each week, we usually gather up four or five projects in progress to feature in a single column. Now it's going to be a daily feature, so we can give the spotlight to a single project each day.

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    INTERVIEW | Meet Buck Brannaman, the Real-Life Horse Whisperer

    Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle. For three decades in clinics all over the U.S., Brannaman has taught horse owners what is commonly referred to as 'natural horsemanship': a philosophy of working with horses based on understanding h...

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    "Jane Eyre" and Woody Allen to Bookend Karlovy Vary; Competition Announced

    It was announced today that Cary Fukunaga's acclaimed adaptation of "Jane Eyre" will open the 46th Annual Karlovy Vary Film Festival at a screening presented by Dame Judi Dench. The festival will close with Woody Allen's popular "Midnight in Paris." The Czech fest will run from July 1-9, 2011.

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    Oscars Get Desperate: Why Changing the Academy's Best Picture Rules (Again) Probably Won't Help

    Just two years after dramatically altering tradition by expanding its best-picture lineup from five to 10, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have thrown another curve ball by voting to allow "between five and 10 nominees in the 2011 Best Picture competition." That number won’t be anno...

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    Meet the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers | "Unraveled" Director Marc H. Simon

    Around the same time that investment advisor Bernie Madoff was on trial for his massive Ponzi scheme, lawyer and philanthropist Marc Dreier was facing sentencing for (among other crimes) wire fraud and money laundering. In this candid and intimate documentary, Dreier looks back on his life as he awaits sentencing while under house arrest, trying to explain the motives that fueled his greed and brought about his downfall. Other recent documentaries about financial misconduct have seethed with self-righteous anger, but Unraveled lets Dreier make his case without editorializing. It's up to us to decide whether we're watching a sociopath, a vil...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | Alysa Nahmias' and Benjamin Murray's "Unfinished Spaces"

    In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeoise and counter-revolutionary. The story has many more fascinating twists and turns, as these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who would get a second chance to revitalize their utopia...

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    Why Piracy is Good and Copyright Sucks: An Excerpt From “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!”

    Like the headline says, the following is the (fiercely held) opinion of one Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Films. His most recent book, "Sell Your Own Damn Movie!" is now available in paperback.

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