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    Eugene Hernandez: "Breaking Upwards". Breaking even?

    New York, NY, March 29, 2009 -- A few hundred film folks spent much of a sunny New York City Saturday indoors at Columbia University this weekend. Dubbed, "The Conversation," the all-day symposium at Columbia's Uris Hall was the latest event aimed at exploring the future of the entertainment industr...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Sultan Sharrief’s “Stand” - A Four Year Project

    A family business is the focus of Sultan Sharrief's 2010 New Directors/New Films feature. For almost 60 years, Bilal’s family has run a taxi business - known to everybody in the neighborhood as “the stand” - started by his grandfather. But times are getting tougher: there’s more competition, and Bil...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Director Tanya Hamilton Cuts Close to Home With "Night Catches Us"

    Social dissent told through a personal story is the focus of "Night Catches Us," screening in the 2010 New Directors/New Films series. The debut feature from Tanya Hamilton exposes the realities of African-American life during the final days of the Black Power movement, as potluck suppers, run-ins w...

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    indieWIRE This Week: ND/NF, Festival Lineups and Acquisitions

    THIS WEEK IN NEWS: The New Directors/New Films series got underway in New York, a slew of upcoming festivals announced their lineups, and several films were released following successful festival runs.

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    GLAAD Asks Tribeca to Remove "Trannies"; Fest & Director Counter Criticism

    Comment forums and the Facebook page for one of the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival's films, "Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives," have lit up with comments debating the perceived offensiveness of the film, which will have its world premiere at the event in late April. The film, directed by Dallas-base...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Director Radu Jude on his No Fuss Approach Directing "Happiest Girl"

    The Romanians are back with another bone-dry, pitch-black comedy—this time bearing a particularly cynical view on happiness, the cruelty of families, and the making of inept television commercials. In his feature-film debut, Radu Jude is already a master of uneasy hilarity. When a plucky provincial ...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | “The Oath” Director Laura Poitras On Her Portrait of Post-9/11 U.S

    Filmed over a two-year period, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard (now driving a cab in Yemen), and Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with war crimes. Filmmaker Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, ND/NF 2006) takes us deep inside the world of Al Qaeda, Guantanamo, and U.S. interrogation methods through a dramatic structure filled with plot reversals, betrayals, and never-before-seen intelligence documents.The second in a planned trilogy on America post–9/11, The Oath is an intricately constructed work that keeps the viewer off balance and works on several levels. Shading the com...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Lixin Fan Pays Tribute to China's Migrant Workers in "Last Train Home"

    Each year the largest migration of people in human history happens over New Year’s in China, when city workers leave en masse for their hometowns in the countryside, often traveling days by train. For the first half of this remarkable documentary, you’ll wonder how the filmmaker even shot it. But as...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | "Down Terrace" Director Hopes to Shock Audiences

    Mike Leigh meets "The Sopranos" in this extraordinary family crime drama, shot in eight days largely in one location. Fresh out of jail, Bill (Robert Hill) is obsessed with finding out who snitched on him. His son, Karl (Robin Hill), also just released, is similarly concerned but has other things on his mind—namely, what to do about his pregnant girlfriend. Bill, eager to ferret out the informer, lays out a series of traps and ruses for his associates—that is, when he’s not singing old Fairport Convention songs while accompanying himself on guitar. Director Ben Wheatley (BBC’s "The Wrong Door") makes a powerful feature-film debut, creating an...

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    Chuck Norris Kicks Down the Door of NC's First ActionFest

    ActionFest, the first film festival devoted exclusively to action films, has announced 25 films that will be featured in its inaugural edition. The films announced include 3 world premieres, 3 North American premieres, 2 U.S. premieres, 9 regional premieres, special retrospectives and rare theatrica...

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