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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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    INTERVIEW | Werner Herzog on 3D, “The Simpsons,” and Nicolas Cage

    An essential contributor to the wave of New German Cinema produced in the seventies and eighties, Werner Herzog solidified his reputation as a legendary filmmaker long ago. Since the release of “Grizzly Man” in 2005, Herzog’s popularity has become more prevalent than ever before. Herzog himself, however, hasn’t vanished into his persona at the expense of staying busy. After 2009’s double-header of narratives, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “My Son, My Son, What Ye Done,” Herzog returned to the non-fiction realm with “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” his first production shot with 3D cameras. It opens in New York, Los Angeles and Chi...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Rid of Me," "Give Up Tomorrow" and "Flowers of Evil"

    In anticipation of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year's event.

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Flowers of Evil" Director David Dusa

    Paris-Tehran. Forced to leave Tehran after the controversial elections in 2009, 24-year-old Anahita desperately relies on her laptop and smartphone to stay connected to the friends shaping the revolutionary movement in her homeland. Captivated by Anahita's urgency and sense of purpose, Rachid—a youn...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Give Up Tomorrow" Director Michael Collins

    In 1997, 19-year-old culinary student Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu in the Philippines. Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence, including 40 eye-witnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the sce...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Rid of Me" Director James Westby

    When newlyweds Meris and Mitch move to Portland, Meris does her best to fit in with her new hubby's old high school clique. The harder she tries, the more painfully obvious it is that Meris just doesn't belong. But its not until the gang succeeds in rekindling an old flame between Mitch and his perf...

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    Does Maitland, Florida Have The Best Arthouse in America?

    On Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Florida Film Festival. Outside, patrons gathered at the two-year-old Eden Bar, admiring a newly designed mural by indie animator Bill Plympton. On the vast lawn adjacent...

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    Morgan Spurlock's "Greatest Movie": "Maybe there can be more 'docbusters' now."

    It's a challenge to criticize product placement in a film when the whole movie centers on the art of selling out. Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me," "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?") goes full tilt with this in his latest, "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold."

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    Cowboys Are Still Riding High

    I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next ...

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