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    SXSW '10 | DIY Director Garth Donovan Keeps It Simple in "Fossil"

    Boston DIY filmmaker Garth Donovan is an independent filmmaker to the max. He completed his fourth feature, "Phillip the Fossil," in a green, recession friendly manner, using a small crew and a host of non-actors. "Phillip The Fossil" follows an aging party animal chasing the now extinct glory days of his youth. Chuckling along as the carefree town jester, Phillip has become completely isolated in the dead end rut he so comfortably dug. The chance to pull himself out comes when an old love returns home and the opportunity to run his own landscaping business knocks. But before Phillip can dust himself off he must first ditch the woefully insec...

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    Discovery | "Lovers of Hate"'s Bryan Poyser: "I like going for uncomfortable squirmy laughter."

    Making any movie is a feat, and having limited resources makes an undertaking all the more daunting. And yet there are those relative few who thrive, and writer/director Bryan Poyser's U.S. Dramatic Competition film, "Lovers of Hate" pretty much nails it with clever writing, solid performances by a ...

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    SXSW '10 | Simon Rumley Celebrates His First "Red White & Blue" Film

    Simon Rumley comes to America for the first time in his five-feature career. In "Red White & Blue," a part of the Emerging Visions program, "Erica (Amanda Fuller) spends her nights trawling the bars and beds of Austin. Emotionally withdrawn, sleeping with multiple men is just what she does... until she meets the older and mysterious Nate (Noah Taylor), who claims to have an "honorable discharge" from Iraq. Despite his air of danger, Nate's the only guy who doesn't just seem to want to get her into bed, and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica's casual sexual encounters, Franki (Marc Senter) - a young, hot-headed wannabe rock star t...

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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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