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    40 Filmmaker Interviews from This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is now in its first full weekend. Get a heads up on this year's crop of filmmakers with 40 interviews indieWIRE published in the two weeks to the launch of the event this past week. Three filmmakers were spotlighted each day in the lead up to the fest's st...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Splinters" Director Adam Pesce

    For some, surfing is a leisure sport. For others, it is a lifestyle, and becoming pro is a dream. For the surfers of Papua New Guinea, surfing is their key to a better life. It all started in the 1980s, when an intrepid Australian left behind his surfboard in the remote seaside village of Vanimo.

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Cairo Exit" Director Hesham Issawi

    Yearning to be as free as she feels when motorbiking the dusty back streets of Cairo with her Muslim boyfriend Tarek, 18-year-old Amal is torn between absconding to Italy illegally by boat with her beloved, or staying in Egypt with her Coptic Orthodox Christian family. Amal cannot bear to consider the future she faces as a poor woman in Egypt, reflected in the lives of her sister and best friend: one makes grave sacrifices so her son can have a better life, while the other prepares for a surgery to feign her virginity so she can enter into a loveless marriage to an older, wealthy foreigner. But even as Amal actively seeks out opportunities fo...

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    INTERVIEW | "Incendies" Director Denis Villeneuve: "I think a good director is a good listener."

    This interview with "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The Canadian film went on to garner a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.It opens in limited release th...

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    Five Projects iW is Rooting For: "Buddy Holly," Dry-Frozen Pets, and More

    In today's in-production column, indieWIRE takes a look at an adaptation of the geek-approved sci-fi comic novel "Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede," which has Jon Heder in the role of a young man who is the target of a resurrected Buddy Holly. Also profiled this week are ...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | 36 Films Profiled from This Year's Festival

    With the start of the Tribeca Film Festival, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year's event. iW will wrap its preview of this year's filmmakers with over two dozen interviews.

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Treatment" Directors Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson

    Leonard and Nelson have been friends for ages. Leonard is the charismatic, underachieving, but obsessive screenwriter looking for a fast track to success, and Nelson is his self-deprecating and accommodating writing partner who always has a few bucks to spare. As both confront a mid-30s reality check and a pile of unsuccessful screenplays, Leonard convinces Nelson to back his stint at a glitzy LA rehab clinic so he can pitch their new movie deal to mega-star Gregg D. As the half-baked plan twists and turns, and Leonard's ambition and selfishness spin out of control, the writing duo's friendship cries for an overdue dose of reality. [Synopsis ...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Grey Matter" Director Kivu Ruhorahoza

    Balthazar is a young African filmmaker on the brink of directing his first project, "The Cycle of the Cockroach," a fictional story about a young woman who survived unspeakable atrocities only to find herself committed to the same mental institution as a man driven insane by the crimes he perpetrated during the war. Potential funders for the film insist the themes are too bleak and pessimistic—they encourage Balthazar to make a "message" film that raises awareness about gender-based violence or HIV/AIDS instead. But he refuses to give up. Instead of telling his production team the news, Balthazar continues preparations for the film without fi...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "The Bully Project" Director Lee Hirsch

    More than 18 million young people across the US will be bullied this year. This alarming documentary takes us into the disquieting day-to-day lives of five kids and their families over the course of a school year. Two families are left devastated by their sons' suicide, while one mother faces her 14...

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