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    FUTURES | Edinburgh "Star" Hattie Dalton

    "We really only completed the film a couple of days before we found out we were closing Edinburgh," "Third Star" director Hattie Dalton told indieWIRE days before her film debuted at the Scottish film festival. "So we literally had just finished the mix and everything, and I was in this stage of sti...

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    Interview | Pop Art: Lisa Cholodenko Aims for the Mainstream with "The Kids Are All Right"

    Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- while all three appear to lesser and greater degrees in the work of indie auteur Lisa Cholondenko, what's always constant is a keen insight into the complexity and fragility of our closest relationships. From her breakout debut "High Art" (1998), a dance of seduction and power between two women, to "Laurel Canyon" (2002), which dissects varying familial and sexual triangles, to this year's Sundance hit "The Kids Are All Right," in which lesbian moms struggle to keep their family intact, Cholodenko's characters express profound multi-dimensional lives with a single gaze. (Said Cholodenko's longtime producer Jeff...

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    iW's Guide to July Fests: Galway, Outfest, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Sarajevo, SF Jewish, & More

    Six of indieWIRE's 50 film festivals make their debut this July. Among the list of festivals are Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Galway in Ireland, Sarajevo in Bosnia and the Melbourne Film Festival down under. Stateside, check out Stony Brook in New York, Outfest in L.A. and Michael Moore's Tra...

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    Small Screen | Varda's POV, Haneke's B&W, Criterion's Two, and More on Your TV

    This week on the telly, PBS's POV series brings the reigning queen of documentary film to the small screen.  Agnès Varda's "The Beaches of Agnès" (criticWIRE rating: A-) makes its debut on PBS tonight.  On this site, Michael Koresky noted, "For all its whimsy (some forced, some elegant, all winning), 'The Beaches of Agnes' will probably be most fondly remembered for its director’s candid remembrances of her late husband, that creator of timeless cinematic valentines Jacques Demy...It’s doubtful that any other living French New Wave master (Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol) would make such an unabashedly nostalgic trip to their ...

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    2010 Mid-Year Report: "Everyone," "Delaware" and "Weather" Top criticWIRE

    The mid-way point of 2010 is just days away, and indieWIRE felt this would be a good opportunity to take a look at how the year's films have fared on criticWIRE thus far. At film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and Berlin, and as films are released theatrically, indieWIRE has been...

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    With Naked Honesty, Northern Europe Shines at Silverdocs

    When it was announced that "Men Who Swim," Dylan Williams' feature about a British man living in Sweden who joins a local men's synchronized swimming team, was the audience award's choice for best feature (Aideen O'Sullivan & Ross Whitaker's "Bye Bye Now" was the audience's choice for best short), a suspicion I had about this year's Silverdocs Film Festival was confirmed. It seemed, through talking to audience members before screenings, that the true stars of this year's film festival were Northern European filmmakers. While films like Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" and Amir Bar-Lev's closing night film "The Tillman Story"...

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    Swinton and Cousins' 8 1/2 Foundation Kicks Off With a Dance and a "Balloon"

    "Who needs church?" actress Tilda Swinton exclaimed inside the Filmhouse in Edinburgh Saturday morning. A few hundred folks had gathered, grabbing placards that read a variety of things from "Jafar Panahi" to "Cinema For Everyone Everywhere," dancing around the theater until Swinton and filmmaker an...

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    LA Film Festival: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!

    Last night marked the closing night of the freshly relocated 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), with the announcement of the festival's audience winners prior to the screening of LAFF's closing night film, "Despicable Me," (which Todd McCarthy deemed a "wannabe rather than the real thing.")

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    "Skeletons" and "Jackboots" Break Out In Edinburgh

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival made no secret about the intentions of its 2010 edition. The festival's tagline, "What Will You Discover?," was plastered all around town, as were handmade signs that announced: "Lost: British Cinema, 1967-1979. Please Help Find It At The Edinburgh Internati...

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    Stephen Marshall's "Holy Wars" and Other Silverdocs Premieres Ignite Audiences

    As the Silverdocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland enters its busy weekend, three world premieres have brought inspired debates to audiences here. Rev. Billy, the charismatic and fiery subject of 2007's "What Would Jesus Buy?" was in attendance to support the small town activists in Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood's world premiere for "On Coal River." The film follows a group of West Virginians who labor to get the government to acknowledge the health side effects mountaintop removal has caused in their community. Tonight, the Silverdocs world premiere of Henry Corra's "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan" follows a search for Pv...

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