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    Gregg Araki Goes "Kaboom": Indie Rebel Returns to His Roots

    Gregg Araki, the American indie maverick, may be no fresh upstart—he's 50-years-old, after all—but it is the L.A.-based filmmaker's first inclusion in Cannes' official selection. And his 11th feature film "Kaboom" – playing in this year's midnight section – recalls his work as a tyro director, he sa...

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    Loneliness & Happiness; Married vs Single: Mike Leigh's "Another Year" Takes On Contentment

    "I've always been concerned as long as I've made films to celebrate the lives of ordinary people," said British director Mike Leigh Saturday morning in Cannes following an 8:30 screening of his latest, "Another Year." The not infrequently crusty and four-time Oscar nominated filmmaker appeared somet...

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    Filmmaker Interview: Colin Stryker on "River Ways" (Watch the Film Free Now)

    The documentary “River Ways” explores the lives of regular working people affected by the issue of whether to remove four dams on the Snake River in Eastern Washington. Environmental groups and fishing interests criticize the dams for their negative impact on salmon populations, but agricultural communities dependent on the dams oppose efforts to remove them. Combining interviews with careful everyday observation, “River Ways” takes us into the world of wheat farmers, fishermen, salmon advocates, and more. What emerges is a complex portrait of an issue that reaches to the heart of the ideological differences that characterize and divide the P...

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    Oliver Stone: "I am confused whether capitalism in its present form can work."

    Oliver Stone didn't want to make a follow-up to his 1987 film, "Wall Street." At least back in 2006, when he was approached with the idea by actor Michael Douglas and producer Ed Pressman, Stone was against it. He revealed his initial lack of interest in the project at the Cannes Film Festival today...

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    Cannes Day 3: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 - 23), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from France. All times listed are local French time.

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    Academy Awards $500,000 to Nonprofits

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences today announced the recipients of its Academy Foundation's annual Institutional Grants program, awarding $500,000 to 73 film-related nonprofit organizations, up from 64 last year, and the largest number of recipients in this category to date.

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    FUTURES | "HERE" Filmmaker Braden King

    Late last month, MoMA opened its six-week exhibition of Creative Capital-supported films with a one-night-only performance of "HERE [The Story Sleeps]," a hybrid film/concert and sister project to writer/director Braden King's upcoming feature debut, "HERE," which is currently in post-production. Af...

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    Cannes Day 2: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 - 23), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from France. All times listed are local French time.

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    In the Works: Tilda In "Kevin," 24-Hr Musicals, Free Radio, Gay Celebs & ATL Stripper

    This week's production column, "In the Works," takes a closer look at Lynne Ramsay's new film, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," starring Tilda Swinton, John C Reilly, and rising star Ezra Miller; then turns the spotlight on four interesting new projects seeking crowdfunding success on Kickstarter and ...

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    A Trailblazer, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" Set to Hit Cannes 25 Years Later

    "A [gay] and a commie in a jail cell, what a marketing nightmare." Producer David Weisman made that quotable quote in a documentary about a film that became his obsession and the obsession of all involved. The feature, "Kiss of the Spider Woman," went on to screen in competition at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival where it received a fifteen-minute standing ovation. The film went on to garner multiple Oscar nominations, including a Best Actor win for star William Hurt, in what many credit as a trailblazing model that ushered in the rise of the independent film movement that reached its crescendo the following decade. "It was a labor of love, a w...

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