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    Michael Lynne at The Indie Summit: "Stay independent"

    The following are Michael Lynne's opening remarks from Friday's Independent Film Summit, presented by MoMA & indieWIRE (with Zipline Entertainment).

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    Eugene Hernandez: The Indie Summit

    New York, NY, September 29, 2009 -- At the end of Friday's Indie Film Summit here in Manhattan, a pair of leading film insiders were leaving the event together. One said to the other, "Half the people seem to be frustrated the model is changing and the other half are trying to be part of the change...

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    cinemadaily | "Zombieland," "Broncos," "Robogeisha," and More Invade Fantastic Fest

    While art house lovers are getting their fix at the New York Film Festival, Austin's Fantastic Fest is offering a feast of genre delights for sci-fi, horror, and fantasy fans. A smattering of reviews coming out of the festival since it opened on Thursday:

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    iPOP Flashback | Celebs, Friends and Parties: Toronto '09 Pics are Worth a 1000 Words!

    Now that all the reviews, news (not that there was a ton of it) and features of the Toronto International Film Festival have been digested, why not take a little time out and check out indieWIRE's images from the fest in good ole' iPOP. Some attendees said they felt the "traffic" and events were comparatively lighter this year, and maybe that was true. But that certainly doesn't mean that a good chunk of industry, press, celebs and would-be crashers were hitting the hay at 10:30 every night! And some of iW's annual TIFF events still went off without a recessionary hitch, including Sony Classics and IFC Films' annual dinners, which were still ...

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    Change Has Come as NYFF Kicks Off Year 47

    "Change is coming to the New York Film Festival," Eugene Hernandez wrote just over a month ago. While rumors had been circulating for some time, when the lineup for the festival was announced in August, the festival made things clear. Hernandez reported that the festival would kick-off solely at the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall for the first time and, in a dramatic break with a nearly twenty-five year tradition, there will not be a black tie gala opening bash at the venerable Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Tonight those changes will rear their head as the festival kicks off its 47th edition with Alain Resnais' "Wild Grass" (Les He...

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    Reitman, Ivory, Hallström and "New Moon" Head To Rome Fest

    The Rome International Film Festival has set the slate for its fourth edition, which will run October 15-23, 2009 and feature an impressive variety of films, retrospectives, encounters, exhibitions, concerts and the attendance of great national and international stars. Fourteen films will screen in competition in the Official Selection of the fest, of which three are Italian: "Alza la Testa" by Alessandro Angelini, "L’Uomo che Verrà" by Giorgio Diritti, and "Viola di Mare," by Donatella Maiorca. The films joining them include Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air," Danis Tanovic's "Triage," Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station," Alberto Rodríguez's...

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    cinemadaily | In Theaters: "Coco Before Chanel"

    "True to its title, 'Coco Before Chanel' chronicles the early life of the woman who would become perhaps the single most influential figure in 20th-century fashion," writes the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "But the film, directed and co-written by Anne Fontaine, bears less resemblance to a standard-issue biopic (like, say, 'La Vie en Rose,' to take a recent French example) than to a novel by Émile Zola or Theodore Dreiser. With a mixture of brutal candor and tender sympathy, it charts the rise of an ambitious, difficult woman, taking note of the obstacles and opportunities offered by her time, place and circumstances." The film opens in limite...

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    "Precious," "Victoria" To Join Austin's Sweet Sixteen

    The Austin Film Festival & Conference has announced the full feature-length film schedule for its 16th year (with the exception of Opening and Closing night films, which will be announced soon). The lineup is made up largely of independent films, and includes 24 world and U.S. premieres and 40 regio...

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    No More Doom and Gloom? IFP Crowd Eye Distribution's Silver Cloud

    The sky is falling. Indie bloodbath. Independent film is dead. All are phrases that have provoked passionate discussions. Instead of going there, though, a group of distribution veterans eschewed dark talk in favor of optimism earlier this week at a signature IFP panel discussion on the current stat...

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    In NYC, Hugo Chavez & Evo Morales Hype Oliver Stone's Latest

    Latin American Presidents Hugo Chavez from Venezuela and Evo Morales from Bolivia spoke of democracy, social justice and a cautious opening in their relationships with the new Obama administration last night, when they were at New York's Lincoln Center with American filmmaker Oliver Stone to talk ab...

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