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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Wish Me Away" Co-Director Bobbie Birleffi

    Country singer Chely Wright knew she was a lesbian at a young age, but she instinctively knew that her orientation was in direct conflict with her aspirations to one day perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She prayed for help from God, stayed in the closet and went on to sell more than 1,000,000 albums.

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | “The Fatherless" Director Marie Kreutzer

    In a large, run-down house in the idyllic Austrian countryside—which, back in the ’80s, was the site of a sexually liberated commune—Hans, the charismatic former commune leader, dies, attended by his oldest son, who never got the approval he craved. In writer-director Marie Kreutzer's amazingly assured first film, Hans' four adult children—one of whom, Kyra, has not seen her siblings in 23 years—reunite for his funeral and thrash out their complicated and conflicting feelings about their childhoods, uncovering buried secrets. With novelistic richness, Kreutzer's drama examines the fallout from a failed utopian dream and the consequences of un...

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    Indiewire's Project of the Day: Egyptian Uprising Doc "The People Demand"

    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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    Woods Hole Film Festival Returns for 20th Anniversary, Kicks Off with Rossellini Animal Short

    The Woods Hole Film Festival, of Woods Hole, MA, will celebrate its 20th anniversary from July 30th to August 6th. The festival will screen almost 20 features and 60 shorts, and plans to open with Isabella Rossellini's new short, "Animals Distract Me," made with Science Magazine correspondent John B...

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    Straight Talk from Documentarian Albert Maysles

    At 84, veteran documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter") has lost none of his spark. At the Sheffield Doc/Fest, which wrapped this weekend, Maysles accepted the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "The Bad Intentions" Director Rosario Garcia-Montero

    Growing up in Lima during the '80s, Cayetana is an only child who spends her days taunting the housekeepers who look after her and communing with her imaginary friends - a host of long-dead Peruvian heroes. What upsets the nine-year-old girl most is not the threat of homegrown terrorism, but rather ...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Once I Was a Champion" Director Gerard Roxburgh

    In 2008, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Evan Tanner went on a solo trip to the desert. Several days later his body was found less than a mile from his campsite. A complex man and an anomaly in the world of mixed martial arts, Tanner was a self-taught philosopher with conflicted feelings about f...

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    INTERVIEW | Comedian Ahmed Ahmed Proves That Arabs and Muslims Laugh "Just Like Us"

    International comedian Ahmed Ahmed's directorial debut "Just Like Us," follows comics in the Middle East (Ahmed included) who tour to show that comedy is still very much alive in the Arab world. Ahmed chatted with indieWIRE about what made him to step behind the camera. The film opened in New York, ...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron" Director Park

    In the Cheonggyecheon district of Seoul, merchants started casting metal from military war scraps after the Japanese occupation. Generations later, iron workers continue their labor by hand in an era where technology has far surpassed their industrial skills.

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Somewhere Between" Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton

    In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton's deeply moving documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, we follow four teenagers; giggly,...

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