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    Sundance '10 | Stern & Sundberg Take On "Joan Rivers" Doc

    Veteran documentary filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg return to the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition with "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work." Their recent efforts, "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" and "The Devil Came on Horseback" also screened at Sundance and both films won the two both nominati...

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    Filmmaking in Afghanistan's Deadliest Valley: "Restrepo"

    U.S. doc competition feature "Restrepo" is the directorial debut for filmmaking duo Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, though this isn't their first foray into film. Hetherington was cinematographer in Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's "The Devil Came on Horseback" (whose latest, "Joan Rivers: A P...

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    Sundance '10 | "One Too Many Mornings": Going Rogue and Growing Up

    Writer/director Michael Mohan arrives at Sundance with his first feature in the festival's new NEXT section - his first as director, although he has a few shorts under his belt. "One Too Many Mornings" is a comedy about two guys who are actually too old to be in the "coming-of-age" stage...

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    French New Wave, Bigelow and the Quote of the Night at LA Film Critics Dinner over Weekend

    The French took the spotlight on Saturday evening at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards dinner at the Century City Interncontinental Hotel. Organizers noted that it was the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave. Fittingly, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo joined the festivities during the four hour-plus event along with other honorees including Mo'Nique, Christophe Waltz, Jason Reitman, Kathryn Bigelow and more. Jeff Bridges, honored for best actor for "Crazy Heart," upped the tempo of the otherwise somewhat stiff proceedings with an energetic country tune. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis stood in the back with a wide smile...

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    Sundance '10 | Poyser Brings Sibling Rivalry in "Lovers of Hate"

    Writer/Director Bryan Poyser is bringing his second feature, "Lovers of Hate" to Sundance, screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. His 2004 film, "Dear Pillow" won him prizes at festivals in Atlanta and Boston and gave him a Someone to Watch nomination at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards. His ...

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    A Great Speech About A Great Movie

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    Sundance Roundtable, Parts 3 & 4: "Who's the audience?"

    A question that Christine Vachon was hearing at last year's Sundance Film Festival surrounded Lee Daniels' "Precious" (then called, "Push"). "Who's the audience," she heard people wonder. "It kind of pisses me off," she said during a roundtable conversation with a leading group of producers at Sunda...

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    Sundance '10 | Zeina Durra Explores Cultural Identity in "Imperialists"

    Director Zeina Durra heads to Sundance with her first feature, "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" The film concerns Asya, "a successful visual artist working in post-9/11 Manhattan [who] lives the life of the hip and glamorous, replete with exclusive art parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines, while she carefully follows the situation in the Middle East on television. Out partying one night, Asya learns that her childhood friend, Faisal, has disappeared—the victim of a purported CIA abduction. That same night, she meets Javier, a sexy Mexican PhD student, and romance blossoms. Javier finds Asya’s conspiracy theories overly paranoid—but...

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    cinemadaily | Geyrhalter Retro, "Mine" in Theaters

    "Nikolaus Geyrhalter is certainly not the first documentarian to make life on the planet’s margins the core of his body of work, but he might yet be one of the best," proclaims Benjamin Mercer in The L Magazine. The Austrian director's six feature films are being shown at New York's Anthology Film A...

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    A Swashbuckler Lived Here...

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