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    SXSW '10 | Miao Wang Captures City Life in "Beijing Taxi"

    Director Miao Wang's "Beijing Taxi" is a feature length documentary that "vividly portrays Beijing undergoing a profound transformational arch. Through a humanistic lens, the intimate lives of three taxi drivers connect a morphing city confronted with modern issues and changing values. With diverse ...

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    SXSW ‘10 | It Started with a Food Stand: Paul Gordon on His "Poet"

    Paul Gordon's "The Happy Poet" came out of his desire to do something and the appeal of making a film set in a food stand. "Bill, an out-of-work poet, puts his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting an all-organic, mostly-vegetarian food stand. New friend Donnie promotes the business and he...

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    SXSW '10 | Sophie Deraspe Finds a Muse to Play Dying in "Vital Signs"

    Sophie Deraspe's new film explores dying in a sensitive way. After finding a muse in a hospital, she decided to write a script based on Ms. Marie-Helene Bellavance. "'Les Signes Vitaux' ('Vital Signs') follows Simone who suddenly finds herself back in Quebec City following her grandmother's death. She has no idea her student existence is about to be scuttled... by the discovery of life itself. A switch is mysteriously flicked, and she decides to embark on a journey to help those about to die. Perhaps to fill the emptiness that follows her wherever she goes, from her apartment to the old snowy streets and even with her lover." [Synopsis court...

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    SXSW '10 | Nick Whitfield Takes the "Skeletons" Out of His Closet

    Across the pond past half of the United States, a Nick Whitfield, a UK-based actor, comes to SXSW with his first feature film, "Skeletons." "In this surreal comedy, Davis and Bennett are a mismatched pair of traveling salesmen in the business of cleaning skeletons out of closets. Together they travel across Britain, performing 'the Procedure' whereby secrets and lies are exposed. Bennett is a stickler for the rules and finds that Davis has been using their special procedure illegally to reconnect with comforting moments from his past. Their boss, the colonel assigns the pair to their biggest challenge yet, a graduation test that could see t...

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    SXSW '10 | Sex, Celebrity & Corruption: Cameron Yates Talks "Canal St. Madam"

    Documentary Filmmaker Cameron Yates presents his first documentary feature "The Canal St. Madam" about New Orleans Madam Jeanette Maier, who ran a successful brothel until an FBI bust upended her life. "Her discreet clientele included a number of powerful, high-ranking politicians. The ensuing very ...

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    This Year's Rendez-Vous Topical, But Uneven

    First, the good news. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2010 offers a handful of works that are marvels of craft, among them "Mademoiselle Chambon" by Stephane Brize and "Les Regrets" by Cedric Kahn, two wildly different takes on love. A third triumph is "Rapt," a masterful thriller by Lucas Belvaux ...

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    SXSW '10 | Director Carol Dysinger's Afghanistan 'Bro-mance'

    Carol Dysinger's documentary "Camp Victory, Afghanistan" tells the story of several U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Herat, Afghanistan and the Afghan officers assigned as their mentees. Together they've been tasked with building the 207th Corps of the nascent Afghan National Army into an instit...

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    SXSW '10: Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Austin: An iW Insiders Guide

    BBQ, Tex-Mex and muic are typically among the highlights of a trip to Austin, TX. But those who regularly attend SXSW often report back on the laid back, casual vibe that the city offers its guests. From the crowded movie theaters filled with slackers (or those who just sport the look) and industry ...

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    iPOP Flashback: The 2010 Spirit Awards

    The biggest thing at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards last Friday night was probably the event itself. The annual awards, which honor independent and specialty cinema, made some big changes for their Silver Anniversary, moving from its longtime home on the parking lot adjacent to Santa...

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    SXSW '10 | McCormick's Sad Valentine "Some Days are Better Than Others"

    Director Mattt McCormick's character-driven "Some Days are Better Than Others" explores "why the good times slip by so fast while the hard times always seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward cha...

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