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    Authenticity, Intimacy and Realism: Cherien Dabis Talks "Amreeka"

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in theaters this Friday, September 4th.

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    Celebrating Cinema as an Art, Telluride Unveils '09 Fest

    Twenty six new films, a dozen classic titles and a selection of documentaries and shorts are on tap for this weekend's Telluride Film Festival. The event is set to kick off tomorrow (Friday) in the small Colorado mountain town, running through Monday evening in its annual Labor Day weekend slot. Fil...

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    cinemadaily | Cherien Dabis’s Debut Comes to '"Amreeka"

    2009 Sundance alum "Amreeka" hits theaters Friday with a distribution deal from National Geographic Films. The film, by Palestinian Columbia-educated director Cherien Dabis, tells the story of a Palestinian family, mother and son, who must immigrate to Illinois to live with the mother's sister. In...

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    TIFF '09 | Josh Crook: “We Didn’t Die!!!!!”

    The gritty and gripping drama of Josh Crook's "La Soga" explores political intrigue, love, death and the power of memory, set in the Dominican Republic. We gave Crook and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their careers individual projects.

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    TIFF '09 | J. Blakeson: "Writing Didn’t Cost Anything, so I Started Writing"

    Two ex-cons kidnap a woman, but the tables turn and turn again in this tight, smart tale. J. Blakeson's "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is a terrific little thriller starring Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton. We gave Blakeson and others a free-form style interview to gather their...

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    John Cooper: "We are looking for creativity born of limitations"

    The move to create a new section for low and no budget films at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival came from an internal frustration that the event excluded worthy films in recent years. "I was bothered by that," new festival Director John Cooper told indieWIRE today, saying that had the section ex...

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    Taking on Wall Street: Leslie Cockburn on "American Casino"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. "American Casino" opens in theaters this Wednesday, September 2.

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    Venice Mounts a Resurrection but Opener "Baarìa" Hits the Skids

    After the train-wreck of Venice 2008, it was clear that something had to be done. But what? Responsiveness to emergencies has never exactly seemed one of the Latin virtues, and many fans feared that the festival - the longest-running in the world, and one of the most beloved - might turn into the ci...

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    cinemadaily | On "Capitalism," "Life During Wartime," and "The Informant!", Venice Begins Today

    One month ago, I scanned the blogs to see what was being talked about around the web when the line-up for the 66th Venice Film Festival was announced. The film's opening and closing ceremonies will be hosted by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, star of "Il Postino." On Wednesday, the Venice ...

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    10 Things The Fall Fests May Tell Us About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival tomorrow marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride this weekend and Toronto next week will offer both industry, and in Toronto's case the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not ...

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