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    A Lord's Call To Arms: David Puttnam Addresses Edinburgh

    "I've always believed that cinema has a significant political role to play in times of crisis, such as those we are currently living in," Lord David Puttnam said in a passionate keynote address of the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday. "At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable abil...

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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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    James D. Stern: "Making Smarter Movies" or "I Need the Eggs!" - Now What?

    I know some of you were expecting Mark Gill to be back today and deliver a follow-up to last year's speech, but unfortunately, on the way over, Mark was struck by a piece of falling sky. He was rushed to a Cineplex, where doctors have strapped him in a chair and ordered him to watch 'UP' in 3D for ...

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    Bicycles, Boats, John Waters & Film as Art Boost Surviving Provincetown Fest

    It's 7 p.m. on a cool Friday evening outside the Art House theater and cafe in Provincetown, MA. The line of moviegoers that had formed alongside the venue has been let in and at the theater, staffers are trying to squeeze in as many customers as the venue will allow. Back outside, John Wat...

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    LAFF | America Unrolling Outside: "Passenger Side" Director Matthew Bissonnette

    Saddled with his own frustrations, the last thing Michael wants to do is spend the day driving his recovering addict of a brother Tobey around Los Angeles. There’s too much history between them, and Michael has his doubts about his brother’s sobriety. Nevertheless, he agrees to pick Tobey up, but wh...

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    LAFF | Starting Over in Chile: "Turistas" Director Alicia Scherson

    On a much-needed road trip, 37-year-old Carla casually tells her husband she made a major decision without consulting him. Subconsciously, she's hoping to escape their miserable marriage and its paralyzing maturity. It works. Abandoned (and quietly exhilarated) in the Chilean countryside, C...

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    LAFF | Free Cruise Becomes Movie: "Wah Do Dem" Co-Director Ben Chace

    Max’s girlfriend Willow dumps him days before their departure on a Carribean cruise. Unable to find a friend to come with him to experience the all-you-can-eat-buffet crowd, he goes it alone. A hipster in a strange land, Max can’t quite adjust to being out of his element until his playful lark evolv...

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    Getting to Know 11 LAFF Directors to Watch

    The following is a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place June 18-28.

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    LAFF | The Bee Suit Comes Off: "The Last Beekeeper" Director Jeremy Simmons

    The world's honeybees are currently in crisis. These unsung heroes of the food chain, who are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, are vanishing at an alarming rate. With some beekeepers reporting an unexplained 90% decrease in their hive population, scientists are working to solv...

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    The $9.99 Dead Skin Windmill Movie Works: This Weekend at the Movies

    Summer officially comes this weekend via June's solstice, so the longest days of the year might hinder your spending time in a dark movie theater. However, there's a decent batch of new offerings this weekend that might make you want to consider otherwise. While Hollywood continues to spew out argu...

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