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    PARK CITY '09 | Sundance Sets Slate: 64 Films To Compete In Park City

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: The full competition lineups for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival are included below]

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    Hondo In 3-D at the Academy

    Earlier this week, I was honored to be asked to host a screening of 'Hondo' (1953) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hondo is one of the few major films of its time that couldn’t be shown at the World 3-D Film Festival in recent years, so hardly anyone has seen it projected in 3-D ...

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    IDFA '08 | "Burma VJ" & Girl Talk Doc, "RIP," in Fest Spotlight on IDFA's Awards Night

    Anders Ostergaard's "Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country" was without question the buzz title of IDFA 2008. The story of last year's uprising against the military dictatorship in Myanmar, told through secret home video footage, offers a direct look at the movement and it's organizers. "Burma"...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Never mind the Economy and Fickle Tastes, IDFA Carries Forward

    During a party last night hosted by various film sales companies attending the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) a group of attendees commented that the festival seems to have regained its footing after the event's move to new venues near Rembrandtplein in the center of the ci...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Greenaway Examines Just One Rembrandt Painting; Fathers & Kids, and More f

    We live in a text-based society, argues director Peter Greenaway, early in his latest film, "Rembrandt's J'Accuse," a fascinating new documentary that was showcased this weekend at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The fact that we are taught from an early age how to read words,...

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    iW INSIDER | Eugene Hernandez: Rooted in Reality at IDFA; 10 Years Later, 12 Docs to Watch

    Sitting here in Amsterdam on a snowy Sunday afternoon for the 21st IDFA, I'm taking a second stab at what I hope will be a regular column offering an inside take on films, festivals, and the industry. Last week, I explored the intersection of the indie film community and the fight for marriage equal...

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    DISPATCH FROM GREECE | Turkey, Argentina and the U.S. Share Thessaloniki Spotlight; Iran's "Aan Ja"

    At the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in the cosmopolitan second city of Greece, the staggering number of screenings and events requires daily sprints along the waterfront promenade between the Olympion Complex in the square, and festival venues on the pier. A spotlight shines o...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | IDFA Kicks Off: On Screen and In Person, Kasparov Lashes Out at Putin

    "Russia is an authoritarian state," declared Garry Kasparov tonight in Amsterdam. A subject of director Masha Novikova's IDFA world premiere "In the Holy Fire of Revolution," former Russian chess champion Kasparov spoke at tonight's packed daily panel discussion. IDFA kicked off its signature "Talk ...

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    DISPATCH FROM COLORADO | Denver Fest Keeps Eyes On The Prize

    A refreshing sense of artistic drive and egalitarianism pervades the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 31st edition of this well-respected regional fest doesn't publish (or even collect) information on film premieres; while glitzier entities such as Cannes, Sundance, or the Toronto Film Festival strug...

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    FIRST PERSON | Basil Tsiokos: The Challenging State of Film Fests Today

    At the end of October, after 12 years with the organization, I officially stepped down from my position as the Artistic Director of NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, which just celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Within the last year, three of the other best-kno...

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