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    Not a Conventional Shoot: Schnack's DNC Doc Debuts

    Even for America's largest city, a national convention by one of the nation's two main political parties can cause massive upheavel at worst or simply an annoyance at the very least. When the Republicans came to town in New York City to re-nominate George W. Bush at Madison Square Garden, the city c...

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    Evolution, or Even Revolution: Hannah McGill On Edinburgh's 63rd Birthday

    Last night in Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival officially turned 63 years old. The occasion was marked with the UK premiere of Sam Mendes' "Away We Go," before the festival headed into eleven days and nights of films, parties and industry events amidst one of Europe's most archite...

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    BAMcinemaFEST Kicks Off

    This past March, it was announced that Brooklyn was getting a new film festival. BAMcinematek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, announced they would present BAMcinemaFEST, a new annual film festival that would showcase U.S. and international work from emerging and established filmmak...

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    "My work helps heal me": "Under Our Skin" Director Andy Abrahams Wilson

    Andy Abrahams Wilson's "Under Our Skin" "investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic with staggering consequences. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are 'all in their head.' Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting the disease, the film brings into focus a haunting picture not only of our health care system and its inability to cope with a silent and growing terror, but of a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients." The film opens this Friday, June 19 at the IFC Center in New York. indieWIRE contacted Wilson recently via email to...

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    Are you using the Festival Genius on iW? Check it out!

    indieWIRE & B-Side Present Film Fest Technology and Media Partnership... We're delighted to announce indieWIRE's partnership with B-Side to bring B-Side's Festival Genius technology to iW's editorial coverage of top international film fests. The partnership launches today with combined festival guid...

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    LAFF | Making a Feature in Kashmir: "Zero Bridge" Director Tariq Tapa

    Restless teen Dilawar wants to escape his oppressive uncle Ali so badly that he steals passports and sells homework to old schoolmates to raise the necessary cash. When he meets Bani, one of his recent victims, by chance, however, he discovers that her own dreams of escape vanished with her passport...

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    How to Run a Homegrown Film Event: Rooftop Coming to a Roof Near You?

    If starting a locally brewed film series or event is anyone's goal, most likely a thing or two (or more) can be learned or even copied from New York's Rooftop Films In its 13 years, the ongoing series, which typically runs from late Spring to mid September. "I'm a native New Yorker, and I liked hang...

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    LAFF | Imaginary Friends, Blanket Tosses, and Diaries: "Dear Lemon Lima," Director Suzi Yoonessi

    When 13-year-old Vanessa experiences her first breakup, she rebounds by following the boy to his stifling prep school, where she receives the only minority scholarship for her Yup’ik background. Landing at the bottom of the school’s social ladder and confined to the weight room during P.E., she begins to rally with the other school misfits, including an animal-loving boy with overbearing parents, a girl named Nothing, and a pathological liar claiming Puff Daddy is her father. Vanessa’s attempts to find herself and win back the love of her life flounder, until she’s presented with an opportunity to captain the oddball team for the school’s bas...

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    From WASP to Indie Filmmaker: Alexander Olch Talks "Windmill Movie"

    Richard P. Rogers (1943-2001) was a NYC baby boomer, born to privilege: a Harvard-educated WASP who became a first-rate independent filmmaker ("Quarry" and "Elephants" both opened at Film Forum in the '70s) and a gifted film teacher. But he was also a tortured, neurotic soul who freely admitted to being jealous of Steven Spielberg and simultaneously ashamed of the impulse. Torn between narrow class loyalties and broader professional goals and political values, Rogers found the time to juggle multiple relationships with the skill of a world-class Lothario, but was unable to complete an autobiographical film he had worked on for 25 years. His f...

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    LAFF | Telling Children's Katrina Stories: "After the Storm" Director Hilla Medalia

    Hilla Medalia’s inspiring documentary, ostensibly about three New York theater vets who come to New Orleans to mount a benefit production of the Broadway musical "Once on this Island," goes right to the eye of the storm. The production, which hauntingly mirrors the real-life events of the hurricane, is fraught with the raw emotions of children struggling to live in a broken-down city. Quickly disabusing any notion that New Orleans’ problems can be fixed with mere wood and nails, the film journeys into the personal family life of each teen cast member. The mesmerizing courage of these young performers speaks volumes about the role art can play...

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