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    LAFF '10 | Malcolm Murray Turns Over the "Camera Camera"

    A sharp, subtle critique on the nature of tourism and photography, the enigmatic documentary Camera, Camera follows a handful of diverse Westerners traveling through Laos, paying special attention to the snapshots they take along the way. Making his feature-length debut, director-cinematographer Malcolm Murray has created a tone-poem about this Southeast Asian nation’s seductive hold on outsiders, introducing us to college kids looking to party, old men seeking easy sex, and professional wanderers trying to find their place. With the help of writer-interviewer Michael Meyer, Murray’s film becomes a profound rumination on people’s desire to e...

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    Teen Sex: Tackling Taboos at Provincetown Fest

    Provincetown, Massachusetts is one of those rarified American towns. Families stroll down the street staking out a place for lunch while drag queens peddle their upcoming evening show. Lesbian couples dine with their straight friends and gay guys head to the daily Tea Dance while mothers and fathers...

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    FUTURES | "Undertow" Director Javier Fuentes-León

    "The seed for the story came accidentally while I was studying," director Javier Fuentes-León told indieWIRE of his 2010 Sundance award-winning film, "Contracorriente" (Undertow). The unusual story, which opened the recent NewFest in New York and is one of 4 in focus at this year's Outfest, takes pl...

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    LAFF '10 | Chris Metzler & Lev Anderson on Their Fishbone Profile "Everyday Sunshine"

    When Fishbone hit the Los Angeles music scene in the early ‘80s, they were like nothing anyone had ever seen before—an all-black band that played an indefinable musical mélange of pop, punk, funk, and ska with a manic energy that stunned even the most jaded punk rocker. Everyone who saw them felt ce...

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    LAFF '10 | Director Laurel Nakadate Explores the Transient Life in "The Wolf Knife"

    Fleeing her mom’s creepy fiancé and the suffocating boredom of Florida in the summer, teenaged Chrissy enlists best friend June to help find her estranged father. "The Wolf Knife" follows the girls on a digressive road trip to Nashville, encountering dirty old men and kitschy tourist attractions alo...

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    LAFF '10 | Director Kimi Takesue Lets Uganda Speak for Itself in "Where Are You Taking Me?"

    A high society wedding, bustling city streets, a center for former child soldiers, a nightclub full of music and laughter: these are the many faces of today’s Uganda, as wonderfully captured by filmmaker Kimi Takesue. Whether exploring the pulsating energy of the city or contemplating quiet moments ...

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    A Sense of Discovery In The UK: Edinburgh Kicks Off 2010 Festival

    Last night in Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival officially turned 64 years old. The occasion was marked with the UK premiere of Sylvain Chomet's acclaimed "The Illusionist," before the festival heads into eleven days and nights of films, parties and industry events amidst one of Eu...

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    LAFF '10 | "Upstate" Directors Katherine Nolfi & Andrew Luis Talk Collaboration

    Coping with the death of her mother, Liz decides to break her self-imposed isolation by visiting Steve, an old friend she has not seen in years who is now married and living in rural New York State. Liz and Steve’s reunion quickly grows complicated as long buried emotions reignite. This does not esc...

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    LAFF '10 | Director John Kastner Witnesses a Confession in "Life With Murder"

    Chatham, Ontario, 1998. Eighteen-year-old Jennifer Jenkins is brutally shot to death by multiple rifle rounds in her family home. The main suspect: her brother, Mason Jenkins, who fled the scene of the crime. After fabricating a story about what occurred, Jenkins was incarcerated. His parents, facin...

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    LAFF '10 | Director Hossein Keshavarz Aims to Show the Real Iran in "Dog Sweat"

    Invoking the subversive urgency of cinema vérité, filmmaker Hossein Keshavarz interweaves the lives of seven young people in contemporary Iran. Misunderstood by their families and oppressed by conservative Islamic society, they act out their personal desires behind closed doors. A feminist finds her...

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