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    INTERVIEW | "The First Grader" Director Aims to Uplift and Make You Think

    "The First Grader," the moving true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager who fought for his right to go to school, finally lands in select theaters this Friday, May 13, after a long festival run following its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 2010. In an Email interview with indieWIRE, d...

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    Why Bin Laden's Death Is the Biggest Summer Movie of the Season

    The souped-up action spectacles that dominate the summer movie season invariably center around timeless battles between good and evil. As someone who makes a living as a film critic, I'm often asked to name which upcoming blockbuster release earns the price of admission. This year, I find no summer ...

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    The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

    Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy...

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    INTERVIEW | Director Jason Eisener on the Real-Life "Hobo With A Shotgun"

    "Hobo with a Shotgun," the splatterfest grindhouse homage with a title that keeps on giving, did things backward. In 2007, aspiring Canadian director Jason Eisener saw an announcement on Ain't It Cool News advertising a "Grindhouse" Trailer Contest, sponsored by the SXSW Film Festival and Robert Rod...

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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs '11: Winning Pitches at the Hot Docs Forum

    Over the past two days, over 120 funders, commissioning editors, and broadcasters from around the world gathered in Toronto to consider 28 pitches for new documentary projects as part of the Hot Docs Forum, the documentary festival's international co-financing market. Part performative thea...

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    INTERVIEW | Producer Jeremiah Newton on Bringing his "Beautiful Darling" to the Screen

    This interview with "Beautiful Darling" producer Jeremiah Newton was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 New Directors/New Films festival. "Beautiful Darling" hits New York's IFC Center today.Synopsis:

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    FUTURES | "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" Director Marie Losier

    Why She's On Our Radar: After making over a dozen experimental shorts, Losier made her feature film debut with the doc "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye." The film debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year (where it won a Teddy Award for best documentary) and is currently maki...

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    Lies, Goons and Eco-Destruction: New Doc Shows Life Under Donald Trump

    Need another reason to hate Donald Trump? Welcome to the documentary "You've Been Trumped." [This feature orignally ran during HotDocs 2011, where the film world premiered. It comes out in select theaters this Friday.]

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    We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

    You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently fini...

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