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    Tribeca '10 | "William Vincent" Dictates the Direction for Jay Anania

    Jay Anania sculpts a quiet and powerful tale about a man who finds himself living in the in-between. William Vincent—played by the talented James Franco, whose performance saturates the screen—coolly embraces his second chance at life by spending his days eating alone in restaurants and editing nature videos in a small storefront apartment in lower Manhattan. He relishes in living on the fringe, unnoticed and in the obscurity of the everyday, stepping out on occasion to pickpocket a bourgeois businessman or defend a poor waitress. The concrete landscape provides perfect camouflage as he walks the path to becoming a reluctant criminal. But whe...

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    Replicating a Nightmare: "Pornography" Director David Kittredge

    After screenings at Newfest, Frameline and Outfest, David Kittredge's "Pornography: A Thriller" opens at the Cinema Village in New York this weekend. The film depicts a gay porn star's mysterious disappearance, which becomes an obsession for both a writer and another adult film star, leading them in...

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    Tribeca '10 | Director Kim Chapiron Exposes Juvenile Centers in "Dog Pound"

    French director Kim Chapiron delves into the inner workings of juvenile correctional facilities in his latest gritty feature "Dog Pound." The film will have its world premiere Tribeca, and compete in the World Narrative Feature Competition.

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    Tribeca '10 | Director Lee Isaac Chung Brings a Poem to Life in "Lucky Life"

    Following his last feature "Munyurangabo," shot in Rwanda, director Lee Isaac Chung returned to the U.S. to tell an altogether different story in "Lucky Life." The touching drama will be making its world premiere at Tribeca this year, and is competing in the World Narrative Feature Competition.

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    (More) Talk of Change as Tribeca Fest Gets Underway

    Festival exposure doesn't guarantee a film's success in the marketplace, explained former Sundance Film Festival chief Geoff Gilmore today in Manhattan. Since his days with Robert Redford's Utah event the business of festivals has evolved, according to Gilmore. Now, he's in New York City alongside R...

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    "Putty Hill" Comes Out on Top at Atlanta Fest

    The winners of the jury prizes for the 34th Atlanta Film Festival were unveiled Sunday evening at an intimate reception for attending filmmakers and special guests. While the BBQ was enticing, unfortunately only one of the winning filmmakers was present to accept his award - a common problem for reg...

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    Tribeca '10 | "Loose Cannons" Director Ferzan Ozpetek Keeps It All About the Family

    Tribeca director Ferzan Ozpetek's "Loose Cannons," screening in the World Narrative Feature Competition, is a playful take on family obligation and the possibility of being uprooted from comfortable surroundings.

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    Tribeca '10 | Actor Turned Director Feo Aladag Takes an Actorly Approach in "When We Leave"

    Tribeca director Feo Aladag's Narrative Feature Competition film, "When We Leave" focuses on one family's quest to live abroad, escaping abuse at home.

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    Summer Preview: The 25 Must-See Films

    The summer movie season isn't exactly best known for independent film. With billions of dollars set to be spent on the countless sequels ("Shrek 4," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), remakes ("The Karate Kid," "A Nightmare on Elm Street"), adaptations of video games ("The Prince of Persia"), adaptatio...

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    Small Screen | "Mammoth" Release Week Includes '09 Faves "Summer Hours" and "35 Shots"

    After topping indieWIRE's poll of 2009's top films, Olivier Assayas's "Summer Hours" (criticWIRE rating: A-), starring Juliette Binoche at the head of a troupe of actors well-respected in the French film industry) is getting its DVD release on the Criterion Collection. The 2-disc DVD includes a video interview with Assayas, a making-of documentary, and a featurette explaining the Musée d'Orsay's link to the film's production. Writing in indieWIRE, Chris Wisniewski characterizes the film as "elegant and elegiac." He goes on to say of the family quibble drama, "In 'Summer Hours'...every object, and every place, is weighed down by the past—i...

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