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    DISPATCH FROM VENICE | Personalities Aside, Venice Follows up on a Masterpiece

    More perhaps than any other A-list festival, Venice's fortunes seem bound up with the character of its director, the inimitable, mostly unknowable Marco Mueller. Like many festival veterans, Mueller doesn't lack for detractors. Festival gossips have thrilled for years to tales of his bad behaviour w...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Doc Talk As Democrats Open '08 Presidential Convention

    Documentaries may seem undervalued in the traditional theatrical marketplace of late, but alongside the Democratic National Convention -- which got underway today here in Denver, CO -- non fiction films are seen as a vehicle for awareness and change. Adjacent to the Pepsi Center downtown, where thi...

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    DISPATCH FROM SARAJEVO | At Annual Fest in Bosnia: Honestly Owning It; A Great City and Maybe a Shor

    Human and political conflict form an important nucleus for programming choices at the Sarajevo Film Festival. And that should come as no surprise as the city's name itself conjures up war. Sarajevo's 400,000 or so citizens endured 44 months of constant bombing and sniper fire from the beautiful hill...

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    iW PROFILE | "My Mexican Shivah" Director Alejandro Springall

    Director Alejandro Springall so deftly manages to capture all the nuances of Jewish family squabbling in his second feature, "My Mexican Shivah," that it may come as a surprise when some viewers learn that his mother isn't a member of the aforementioned tribe. While that factor might disqualify him ...

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    DISPATCH FROM SARAJEVO | Talk of Naturalism and Artifice Stirs Fest

    Sarajevo is not a city easily intimidated by the odds. Its citizens withstood a 44 month siege by Serbian forces in the '90s that pounded it daily from the surrounding picturesque hills, while the world mostly looked the other way. And even as the snipers and fire bombs continued, the city, like man...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Momma's Man" Director Azazel Jacobs

    Azazel Jacobs' "Momma's Man" took a rare approach to filmmaking. Jacobs cast his real parents, Ken and Flo Jacobs, as the parents of Mikey (Matt Boren), a thirtysomething husband and father who takes an extended vacation in his parent's apartment. Shot in actual the New York City loft of his paren...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Toronto Co-Director Cameron Bailey

    With his first slate of programming as co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning, Cameron Bailey can take a quick breather before the 33rd edition of the festival begins two weeks from Thursday. "Now that we actually have the selection done and out there in publi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Trouble the Water" Co-directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary

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    TORONTO '08 | Spotlighting New Talent: 26 Films Set for TIFF's Discovery Section

    After announcing their Special Presentations yesterday, the program for the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival continued to come together today with the remaining 19 films in the Discovery program. Nineteen feature films from 18 countries complete the program's lineup. They join the pr...

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    INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK '08 | 37 Projects On Board For No Borders

    IFP today announced the 37 projects that have been accepted for the No Borders International Co-Production Market, one of three sections of IFP's "Project Forum" to be held during the 30th Annual Independent Film Week, September 14-19, 2008, in New York City. Heading into its 14th year, No Borders i...

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