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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Once I Was a Champion" Director Gerard Roxburgh

    In 2008, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Evan Tanner went on a solo trip to the desert. Several days later his body was found less than a mile from his campsite. A complex man and an anomaly in the world of mixed martial arts, Tanner was a self-taught philosopher with conflicted feelings about f...

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    INTERVIEW | Comedian Ahmed Ahmed Proves That Arabs and Muslims Laugh "Just Like Us"

    International comedian Ahmed Ahmed's directorial debut "Just Like Us," follows comics in the Middle East (Ahmed included) who tour to show that comedy is still very much alive in the Arab world. Ahmed chatted with indieWIRE about what made him to step behind the camera. The film opened in New York, ...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron" Director Park

    In the Cheonggyecheon district of Seoul, merchants started casting metal from military war scraps after the Japanese occupation. Generations later, iron workers continue their labor by hand in an era where technology has far surpassed their industrial skills.

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Somewhere Between" Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton

    In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton's deeply moving documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, we follow four teenagers; giggly,...

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    Seattle's True Independent Film Festival: How to Start a Slamdance Film Festival in Your Hometown

    The Slamdance Film Festival has become famous as a feisty, grassroots alternative to Sundance, as well as an accommodating venue for some promising work that couldn't find its way into the larger festival. But Slamdance is only one festival in one city, and these days, every city has a film festival...

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    "The Room" Director Tommy Wiseau Says a Sitcom and a Vampire Movie are Next: The Interview, Part 2

    Here's the conclusion of our interview with Tommy Wiseau, director, writer and star of cult classic "The Room."

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    FUTURES | "The Tree of Life" Young Scene Stealers Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan

    Ages: 13 (Laramie Eppler) and 14 (Tye Sheridan)

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    Terrence Malick Wanted John Travolta & 15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Days of Heaven'

    While many directors worry about the sophomore slump, Terrence Malick might be remembered most for his second film, "Days of Heaven." The film stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as a lovestruck young couple in early 1900s Texas. After Bill, Gere's character, kills his boss, the couple and Bill's sister Linda (Linda Manz) flee. While looking for work they stumble upon an idyllic farm run by a sickly, yet kind farmer played by Sam Shepard. When the farmer falls in love with Abby, played by Adams, Bill convinces her to enter into a sham marriage with him in the hopes he’ll die soon and leave them his considerable wea...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Salaam Dunk" Director David Fine

    Basketball is much more than a game in David Fine's stirring documentary about an Iraqi women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq—Sulaimani in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play any sport, it is a blissful...

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    Tommy Wiseau Goes Legit: An Interview With the Man Behind "The Room"

    It's been nearly eight years since the world first laid eyes on Tommy Wiseau's "The Room." Initially hailed as one of the worst films ever made when Wiseau gave it an exclusive run for Academy consideration back in 2003, it's turned into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. The film was infamously fi...

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