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    Small Screen | Spike Lee Goes Back to New Orleans, Two French Classics on Criterion & More

    Four years after Spike Lee's two-part documentary "When the Levees Broke:  A Requiem in Four Acts" debuted on HBO, Lee follows it up with "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise," another look at the country's gulf communities in and around New Orleans.  While the focus will be on the communities' ability to rebuild and stick together years down the line from Hurricane Katrina, Lee has implied that the BP oil spill and its effect on the region will play a role.  Cinematical's Christopher Campbell reports, "Reportedly the doc, which premieres on HBO August 23rd and 24th, was supposed to conclude with the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victo...

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    Under New Guidance, Locarno Dashes Through Busy 63rd Year

    Olivier Père left no doubt about his roots when he left his position as the artistic director of Directors' Fortnight at Cannes to hold the same job at the Locarno Film Festival this year. A montage of notable filmmakers whose early works premiered in Locarno played for about a minute before each co...

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    Stranger Than Fiction Announces Fall 2010 Lineup; "Marwencol" & "Hitler" to Bookend

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary series at New York's IFC Center hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, will start its fourteenth season September 28, 2010 with a screening of Jeff Malmberg's SXSW winner "Marwencol." Most of the fall's screenings will feature Q&A's with filmmake...

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    "La Soga" Director Josh Crook: “We Didn’t Die!!!!!”

    The gritty and gripping drama of Josh Crook's "La Soga" explores political intrigue, love, death and the power of memory, set in the Dominican Republic. We gave Crook and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their careers individual projects. "La Soga" opens in selected c...

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    BFI London to End with Boyle & Franco's Mountain Survival Story "127 Hours"

    Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" will close out the 54th BFI London Film Festival on Thursday October 28, the event unveiled Friday. The film, Boyle's last since his Academy Award-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," recounts the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber who must fight to st...

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    Summerfest: Takashi Doscher & Alex Shofner on "A Fighting Chance;" Watch It Now Free!

    SnagFilms’ 2nd annual SummerFest, a free online festival showcasing exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries, continues with Takashi Doscher & Alex Shofner's "A Fighting Chance,” the fifth film in the series, having its world premiere today.

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    FUTURES | "A Film Unfinished" Director Yael Hersonski

    When the Motion Picture Association of America gave the Holocaust documentary "A Film Unfinished" an R-rating, Adam Yauch, Beastie Boy and founder of the film's North American distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories, called the MPAA's decision "bullshit." But the film's director, young Israeli Yael He...

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    Everything Old Is New Again—In 3D

    If you’re in New York City any time over the next two weeks and you’ve never seen “old-school” Hollywood 3D, make a beeline for Film Forum on Houston Street. Forget the untruths and distortions you’ve read about how primitive the process was in the 1950s and judge fo...

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    "Neshoba" Co-Director Micki Dickoff: "Justice, Reconciliation, and Healing"

    Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano's "Neshoba: The Price of Freedom," which won several best documentary awards at regional festivals throughout the U.S. will get a theatrical release in New York and LA beginning this Friday at New York's Cinema Village. A Los Angeles and Pasadena release will follow i...

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    Locarno Courts Controversy in First Week

    This year's edition of the Locarno Film Festival promised to be an edgier affair with Cannes' Directors Fortnight ex-artistic director Olivier Pere at the helm. His choices were provocative and signaled a youthful revamp for the festival, now in its 63rd year. Pere himself is only 39. As Pere told t...

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