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    SXSW '10 | Nick Whitfield Takes the "Skeletons" Out of His Closet

    Across the pond past half of the United States, a Nick Whitfield, a UK-based actor, comes to SXSW with his first feature film, "Skeletons." "In this surreal comedy, Davis and Bennett are a mismatched pair of traveling salesmen in the business of cleaning skeletons out of closets. Together they travel across Britain, performing 'the Procedure' whereby secrets and lies are exposed. Bennett is a stickler for the rules and finds that Davis has been using their special procedure illegally to reconnect with comforting moments from his past. Their boss, the colonel assigns the pair to their biggest challenge yet, a graduation test that could see t...

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    SXSW '10 | Sex, Celebrity & Corruption: Cameron Yates Talks "Canal St. Madam"

    Documentary Filmmaker Cameron Yates presents his first documentary feature "The Canal St. Madam" about New Orleans Madam Jeanette Maier, who ran a successful brothel until an FBI bust upended her life. "Her discreet clientele included a number of powerful, high-ranking politicians. The ensuing very ...

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    This Year's Rendez-Vous Topical, But Uneven

    First, the good news. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2010 offers a handful of works that are marvels of craft, among them "Mademoiselle Chambon" by Stephane Brize and "Les Regrets" by Cedric Kahn, two wildly different takes on love. A third triumph is "Rapt," a masterful thriller by Lucas Belvaux ...

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    SXSW '10 | Director Carol Dysinger's Afghanistan 'Bro-mance'

    Carol Dysinger's documentary "Camp Victory, Afghanistan" tells the story of several U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Herat, Afghanistan and the Afghan officers assigned as their mentees. Together they've been tasked with building the 207th Corps of the nascent Afghan National Army into an instit...

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    SXSW '10: Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Austin: An iW Insiders Guide

    BBQ, Tex-Mex and muic are typically among the highlights of a trip to Austin, TX. But those who regularly attend SXSW often report back on the laid back, casual vibe that the city offers its guests. From the crowded movie theaters filled with slackers (or those who just sport the look) and industry ...

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    iPOP Flashback: The 2010 Spirit Awards

    The biggest thing at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards last Friday night was probably the event itself. The annual awards, which honor independent and specialty cinema, made some big changes for their Silver Anniversary, moving from its longtime home on the parking lot adjacent to Santa...

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    SXSW '10 | McCormick's Sad Valentine "Some Days are Better Than Others"

    Director Mattt McCormick's character-driven "Some Days are Better Than Others" explores "why the good times slip by so fast while the hard times always seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward cha...

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    SXSW '10 | Harlock & Thomas' "American: The Bill Hicks Story"

    Co-Directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas present their Emerging Visions "American: The Bill Hicks Story" while pushing documentary storytelling in a new direction - "Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on, as he skewered organized religion, railed against the hypocrisies of his government and exposed the collusion of the mainstream media, earning him censorship in the USA, but whose messages continue to resonate with subsequent generations…'American' uses a stunning new animation technique to bring the tale of one of ...

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    For Your Consideration: Early 2011 Oscar Predictions

    EDITORS NOTE: This story was written in March, 2010 forecasting the Oscars a year in advance. For an updated list of predictions as of January 2011, click here.

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    SXSW '10 | "Helena from the Wedding" Director Joseph Infantolino Deals with Marrying Late in Life

    In his feature film debut, Joseph Infantolino draws on his own experiences of love and everything that comes along with it. "Helena from the Wedding," an entry in the Narrative Competition, is a film made on Infantolino's own terms. "Having recently experienced a spectacular career failure, the last thing playwright Alex Javal (Lee Tergesen) wants to do is host a weekend long New Year's Eve party for his successful friends at a small cabin in the mountains. Yet that is what he is on the way to do when we meet him and his new wife Alice (Melanie Lynskey). As the clock ticks away another year and a surprise guest, the very beautiful and very ...

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