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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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    Dennis Hopper: "A dry martini is an acquired taste, but once you've acquired it..."

    The secret weapon, or at least ongoing inspiration, of the eleven year old CineVegas film festival is Dennis Hopper, the American actor (and artist) long associated with the renegade spirit of U.S. independent film from his work on such maverick movies as "Easy Rider" and "Blue Velvet," among others...

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    CineVegas '09: 13 Director Interviews

    The following is a series of interviews with directors whose films screened at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival, which took place this past week.

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    Moviegoing, Margaritas and Distribution Roulette, in Equal Doses, at CineVegas

    It's 1 p.m. on sunny Friday afternoon at the Palms hotel in Las Vegas. Hundreds of scantily clad twenty and thirty-somethings are swarming the outdoor resort area at the hotel, standing in and around the multiple pools, cabanas and deck chairs. Many are drinking from super tall tumblers that are sha...

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    Newfest Goes "Pop Star" with Youth and Gender-bender Winners

    Jan Kruger's "Light Gradient" and Kimberly Reed's "Prodigal Sons" were among the top jury winners Thursday night in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, concluding the 2009 Newfest, New York LGBT Film Festival prior to closing night film, "Pop Star on Ice." "Gradient," which depicts the trials of young love, won the jury prize for best feature, while "Prodigal" - a personal documentary involving twists of gender and sibling rivalry - took the best documentary award. In probably a surprise win, director David Sigal's work in progress doc "Florent: Queen of the Meat Market" took the audience prize in the documentary section - the film, according to...

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    I Love Moon Sex With Tetro, Inc: This Weekend at the Movies

    With Hollywood offering a particularly weak duo - Tony Scott's mildly received remake of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and the new addition to Eddie Murphy's "what if?" family comedy resume - this weekend is the perfect time to find to some alternatives.

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    Of Trickery and Malfeasance: “The Revenant” Director Kerry Prior

    Editor's Note: This is one of a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival.

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