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    AFI Fest | Tapping in the Power of Free

    The 2009 edition of AFI Fest, which opened last Friday in Hollywood with the North American premiere of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," reflects radical changes made in the past year to the basic DNA of the American Film Institute's annual fall event. The festival's central venue has shifted fro...

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    Sundance Fest Going Nationwide, For One Night Only

    For one night during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the event will expand beyond Park City, UT to theaters in eight American cities. On January 28, 2010, eight Sundance '10 filmmakers will take their films from San Franciso, CA to Brooklyn, NY and beyond. Dubbed Sundance Film Festival U.S.A, the n...

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    cinemadaily | On Point: "La Danse" in Theaters

    "In 'La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet,' his 36th documentary in more than 40 years, Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the stately and elegant Palais Garnier in Paris, observing rehearsals, staff meetings and, finally, performances of seven dances, including classics like 'The Nutcracker' and spiky new work by younger choreographers," writes the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "To say that the film, sumptuous in its length and graceful in its rhythm, is a feast for ballet lovers is to state the obvious and also to sell Mr. Wiseman’s achievement a bit short. Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there’s more to it than tha...

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    Jon Reiss: Think Outside The Box Office

    As some of you know, I have written a book called "Think Outside the Box Office." It’s purpose is to help filmmakers release their films in today’s marketplace – especially in the collapse of the festival acquisition model. The book is being released on November 16th. indieWIRE has offered to re...

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    9 Questions For Lee Daniels

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published a part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

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    cinemadaily | "North by Northwest" Celebrates 50 Years on BluRay

    In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant (as a wrongly followed ad exec) brought to the screen one of the most intense, mystifying chase films ever to grace the big screen. Fifty years later, with a restored print that reportedly cost Warner Brothers one million dollars to work on, "North by Northw...

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    Canada's Golden Boy: Introducing Xavier Dolan

    When his first film, “I Killed My Mother" (J’ai Tue Ma Mere), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, few people had heard of Xavier Dolan. As an actor in his native Quebec, Dolan was perhaps best known – if known at all – for his roles in Roger Cantin’s “La forteresse suspendue,” or for providing voice work in French-dubbed versions of “Twilight” and “South Park." But amidst a storm of media attention placed on cinematic giants like Lars Von Trier and Quentin Tarantino, Dolan managed to steal headlines at Cannes when “Mother” – after receiving an eight-minute standing ovation at its first screening – won every award it was ...

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    Susan Seidelman’s DIY Spirit

    Susan Seidelman’s influential 1982 feature debut, “Smithereens,” has launched on iTunes and Amazon VOD this week. Later in her directing career, Seidelman went on to helm such acclaimed projects as Madonna’s big-screen debut, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and the pilot episode for HBO’s “Sex and the ...

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    cinemadaily | AFI Fest Launches...Free!

    AFI Fest kicked off its totally free, 23rd edition on Friday in Los Angeles. "Unlike many other leading film festivals, AFI Fest, now in its 23rd year, is not interested in an onslaught of glitzy, star-filled premieres," writes the LA Times' John Horn. "Film distributors and sales agents do not converge on the festival to strike rich deals as they do at Sundance, Toronto and Cannes. And while AFI Fest (which is co-sponsored by The Times) has a handful of gala screenings -- Tom Ford's 'A Single Man,' Terry Gilliam's 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' and Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- most of the festival's tickets were given away fo...

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    "What Would Jesus Buy" Star Set for NYC Ballot

    Tomorrow, New York City voters will head to the polls to cast a vote for mayor. While current mayor Mike Bloomberg has been facing controversy for extending term limits against popular support, his Democrat opponent, Comptroller Bill Thompson, is a virtual unknown across the city. Amongst the crowd of third-party candidates in the election, one notch above the Rent is Too Damn High Party nominee, is a face familiar to the indie film community. Reverend Billy Talen, performance artist and Stop Shopping Gospel Choir leader, is the Green Party candidate for New York City mayor. The star of Rob VanAlkemade's 2007 film "What Would Jesus Buy?" ...

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