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    Meeting Miss Taylor

    I don’t usually get flustered before an interview, but I did when Entertainment Tonight told me I’d be talking to Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1989, and she was promoting a new TV version of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth she had made with Mark Harmon. I didn’t ...

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Outbound" & "Octubre"

    Today for the kickoff to the 40th edition of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival, indieWIRE unleashes two additions to our annual 'Meet the ND/NF Filmmakers' series.

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers: “Outbound” Director Bogdan George Apetri

    The march of New Romanian Cinema continues apace in this quietly gripping drama that steadily descends into a dog-eat-dog netherworld in which matter-of-fact exploitation and reflexive avarice are givens. Two years into a five-year prison sentence, Matilda is given a day pass to attend her mother’s funeral. In the 24 hours that follow, the camera tracks this determined and unsentimental woman as she relentlessly pursues her goal of finding the money she needs to skip the country for good. As single-minded as its protagonist, this brisk, hard-edged, and businesslike film bears many of the hallmarks of the new generation of talented Romanian fi...

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers: “Octubre” Directors Daniel and Diego Vega

    Peruvian films are a growing presence at international film festivals, and Octubre is an excellent example of why this is so. Winner of the Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2010, the film follows Clemente, a small-time money-lender living in a Lima barrio, who one day discovers ...

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Memory Lane" and "Some Days Are Better Than Others"

    In anticipation of the Wednesday launch of the 40th edition of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival, indieWIRE releases two additions to our annual 'Meet the ND/NF Filmmakers' series.

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Some Days Are Better Than Others" Director Matt McCormick

    Eli (James Mercer) traverses Portland, Oregon, working a series of minimum-wage temp jobs in order to pay off a loan so that he can finish school. Dog shelter staffer Katrina (former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein) films a video diary intended as a reality show audition tape. Camille (Re...

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | "Memory Lane" Director Mikhaël Hers

    During the long days and soft breezes of summer, seven twenty-something friends come together in their hometown. Some have never left; others have created lives for themselves far away and see themselves as just passing through. Mikhaël Hers’s lovely "Memory Lane" is a film about characters caught “...

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    Cricket Eating and Organized Chaos: Ten Reasons Why SXSW Still Works

    SXSW celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, but the essential elements remain unchanged: It's still 10 days of movies and music and new media experienced by masses of people with reckless energy. It also means many things to many different people, but here's a few notes about what the latest edi...

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    Robin Hessman Goes Behind the Iron Curtain in "My Perestroika"

    This interview with "My Perestroika" director Robin Hessman was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of last year's New Directors/New Films. "My Perestroika" opens in limited release this Wednesday, March 23.

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers | Four to Launch Series

    With the 40th edition of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival launching this Wednesday, March 23, indieWIRE is releasing its first slate of ND/NF filmmaker interviews, as part of the 'Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers' s...

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