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    DISPATCH FROM AUSTIN | Fantastic Fest Comes Of Age

    In a Fantastic Fest opening night Q&A for the US Premiere of his new comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" in Austin's downtown Paramount Theater last Thursday, director Kevin Smith reminisced about the first time he decided he wanted to make films. "It was actually when I saw Richard Linklater's 'Sla...

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    DISPATCH FROM SPAIN | Local Heroes Stroll the Fuschia Carpet and Boys Conquer the Screen in San Seba

    Cutely, and accutely, billed as the "Gothic Rio de Janeiro of Spain," the capital of the Basque region is the perfect place not to be in the cinemas. With its majestic beaches, picturesque surrounding mountains, a Jesus statue on the hilltop, small cobblestone alleys in the old town, and massive sto...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Amexicano" Director Matthew Bonifacio and Writer Carmine Famiglietti

    Director Matthew Bonifacio and writer Carmine Famiglietti's "Amexicano" is the story of an Italian-American and a Mexican illegal immigrant form an unlikely friendship in Queens, New York. Bruno (Carmine Famiglietti), is lazy, out of work and late with his rent. When an opportunity for work comes al...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | Winners and Porno: IFP's Independent Film Week Defies the Economic Woes with $50

    The savviest independent filmmakers showing a wide variety of works-in-progress this week at IFP's Independent Film Week Conference understood the importance of pleasing their audiences. On countless panels and ongoing discussions around town, members of the industry lamented the current state of af...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | At IFP Conference, Snag Talks Dual Online/Hamptons Fest Premieres; Others Explor

    During an appearance at IFP's Independent Film Week Conference today, SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen revealed several plans to premiere new documentaries online. As SnagFilms' library continues to expand, the company will stream two documentaries in conjunction with screenings of both films at the Hampton...

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    DISPATCH FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD | In Its Third Year, Festival Grows Beyond Local Event

    As September begins, Martha's Vineyard breathes a sigh of relief after 100,000 summer visitors have left, and the island's population returns to 15,000 year-round residents. The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, in its third year, is meant for those who remain, as Co-Directors Richard ...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 2

    EDITORS NOTE: Peter Broderick's look at the distribution concludes today at indieWIRE. While almost everyone seems to have an opinion about the state of the Old World of Distribution, the New World is much harder to assess. Although its population is growing rapidly and there are a number of boomtow...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | Pondering the Future at Independent Film Week: Festivals and Distribution

    Dedicated to the theme "Filmmaking 2.0," the first weekday of Independent Film Week '08 explored changes emerging in the film business at F.I.T. in New York City. Sundance's Geoff Gilmore spoke out about the state of festivals and imagined what such events might be like in a decade, while Rainbow Me...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 1

    Welcome to the New World of Distribution. Many filmmakers are emigrating from the Old World, where they have little chance of succeeding. They are attracted by unprecedented opportunities and the freedom to shape their own destiny. Life in the New World requires them to work harder, be more tenaciou...

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