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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Pitch Perfect at the Toronto Documentary Forum

    Hundreds of broadcasters, funders, filmmakers, and other observers convened this Wednesday and Thursday morning for the Toronto Documentary Forum, North America’s largest documentary market, as part of the ongoing Hot Docs film festival. Led for the second year by Elizabeth Radshaw, the T...

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    "Mercy"'s Patrick Hoelck: "I wanted to capture Los Angeles the way my friends and I inhabit it."

    Patrick Hoelck grew up in the world's some of the world's most cosmopolitan environments: California, New York, and London. Inspired by the human side of sexuality and celebrity, Hoelck is intent on providing humanistic renderings of seemingly shallow characters. Hoelck whose big feature film bre...

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    In the Works: Chinese Champs, Latino Coming of Age, Lazarus Hipsters, Dual Prisons & Finding Haven

    This week's production column, 'In the Works', checks in with acclaimed producer Peter Wintonick ("Manufacturing Consent," "Earthkeepers") on his new project with "Up the Yangtze" director Yung Chang, “China Heavyweight,” then profiles a few upcoming films featured on crowd-funding website IndieGoGo...

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    Fans of Fan Magazines Gather

    Fans of Fan Magazines Gather

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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Family Ties & Common Bonds

    With one week of its 17th edition completed, the 2010 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, which continues through this Sunday, has screened about three-quarters of its overall programming. As in previous years, the festival presents close to 200 films over its eleven-day run, consisting o...

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    "Ocean of Pearls" Director Neelam: "A Ten Year Labor of Love"

    Real life medical doctor turned filmmaker Sarab S. Neelam’s debut feature film “Ocean of Pearls” is a semi-autobiographical tale of a Canadian transplant specialist, played by 24’s Omid Abtahi, struggling with his Sikh heritage while he is offered the once in a lifetime position as surgeon at a Detr...

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    Big Screen | Korine's Wildly Divisive "Humpers" Debuts

    While "Iron Man 2" is officially kicking off the studio's summer movie season, a quintet of specialty films are entering the market in hopes of providing a alternative for those not into watching Robert Downey Jr. fight a lycra catsuit-fitted Scarlett Johannson. Two of them are politically-minded documentaries coming out of Sundance with Alex Gibney's "CASINO JACK and the United States of Money" and Laura Poitras's "The Oath." Two of them are definitely catering to Mother's Day on Sunday in Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" and Thomas Balmes's "Babies." Finally, one of them is unlike anything else in the marketplace, and just so happens t...

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    "Happiness" Director: "Our parents' experimentation with drugs and free love were hardly a secret

    In this drama directed by Adam Sherman, a young man realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the commune where he was raised. Strand Releasing will open "Happiness Runs" Friday May 7 in New York followed by Los Angeles the following week.

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    Small Screen | "Ondine" Sets Sail on VOD Early, "Doctor Zhivago" Gets Update, "Nine" Dances & More

    This Friday, Magnolia Pictures will release Neil Jordan's Colin Farrell-starring historical drama "Ondine" (criticWIRE rating: B) on Xbox, Playstation, Amazon, & Vudu VOD, a month before the film debuts in U.S. theaters. Michael Rechtshaffen, writing at The Hollywood Reporter, says of the film, "A...

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    "Saturday Night"'s James Franco and Co. Hit Tribeca on a Sunday

    James Franco is an actor not only known for his expansive film career, but also for being a tireless multidisciplinary thespian with an affinity for higher education. His documentary directing debut “Saturday Night,” a product of his time spent toiling on an M.F.A. at New York University (NYU), exposes all that goes into bringing one episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) to life. The film had its New York premiere to a sold out audience at the Director’s Guild Theater uptown last night on the final day of the Tribeca fest. On hand for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger after the screening were James Franco, along with SNL st...

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