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    DISPATCH FROM NANTUCKET | Meg's Orgasm, Late Night Storytelling and Fest Faves on an Enchanted Isle

    As if programmed by the staff itself, the first sign of a cloud in four days hit the shores of Nantucket Island hours before its 13th festival was set to close Sunday night with the screening of Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness." Prior to that, perfect weather helped set the scene for what turned out...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Unleashing the Film Geek Within

    "This is great. I'm going to geek out here for a second," muttered Los Angeles Film Festival director Richard Raddon last Thursday night as an aside in his introduction for the soon-to-be-famous Russian sci-fi maestro Timur Bekmambetov. It was just an offhanded quip, but truer words could not have s...

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    DISPATCH FROM MARYLAND | Considering the Confounding State of Nonfiction: Spike Lee and Alex Gibney

    The truth is out there, but only certain people know where to find it. In downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, that's the driving sentiment behind AFI Silverdocs, a healthy alternative to the industry festivities currently unfolding on the other coast at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its fifth...

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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | CineVegas Showcases Small Films Under Big Lights

    "I think we found our audience by the end," said Josh Fox, director of the fiercely controversial feature "Memorial Day," which premiered last week at the CineVegas Film Festival. It was an apt summary of a prevailing sentiment for many filmmakers in town for the event, which showcased a variety of ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Brick Lane" Director Sarah Gavron

    The theme of the immigrant experience has become a burgeoning sub-genre in both cinema and literature. The latest such film on tap is "Brick Lane," a debut feature helmed by Sarah Gavron, who previously had mainly a BAFTA-winning TV movie to her credit. The project presented multiple challenges. ...

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    DISPATCH FROM SYDNEY | A Comeback For Australia's Troubled Fest?

    Having suffered from a decade of leadership that ranged from lackluster to inept, and eclipsed during that time by rival events in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, 2008 ranked as something of a make-or-break year for the Sydney Film Festival. It saw, among other things, a substantial rise in state ...

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    DISPATCH FROM SEATTLE | The Real Story Is Between the Margins at Seattle Fest

    The 34th annual Seattle International Film Festival opened with a small bang (Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle") and closed with a small whimper (Randall Miller's "Bottle Shock"). As ever, the best films spooled between the two gala events. That isn't to suggest it was a bad SIFF. For the higher...

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    DISPATCH FROM HAWAII | Nature and Film Combine for Celestial Maui Fest

    The Maui Film Festival would seem one of those events that's so cool it couldn't get any better. Last year it was picture-perfect. This year, the five-day fest that ran June 11 - 15 managed to up its own film paradise ante. Barry Rivers, founder and director, is not one of those guys who sits still,...

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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | CineVegas Turns out a Strange Splashy Mix for 10th Edition

    Rainn Wilson isn't high on the list of spokespeople for the independent film community, but his comments on the red carpet for "The Rocker," a forgettable heavy metal spoof in which he stars that opened the CineVegas Film Festival on Thursday, laid the groundwork for the specific nature of the gathe...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kicking It" Director Susan Koch

    Director Susan Koch's Sundance '08 doc "Kicking It" (co-directed by Jeff Werner) centers on the Homeless World Cup that was established in 2001 with the idea to give homeless people the opportunity to better their lives through sports. In the five years since its creation, 20,000 people have compete...

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