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    cinemadaily | Zinn's "People Speak"

    "Proudly, unabashedly radical, with a mop of white hair and bushy eyebrows and an impish smile, Mr. Zinn, who retired from the history faculty at Boston University two decades ago, delighted in debating ideological foes, not the least his own college president, and in lancing what he considered platitudes, not the least that American history was a heroic march toward democracy." reads the two-week old New York Times obituary for legendary leftist historian Howard Zinn. Zinn, whose "People's History" books have revolutionized the field of popular American histories, compiled a number of stories from Americans whose stories are underrepresente...

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    Martina Egi Ventures into the Sahara in "Barefoot to Timbuktu"

    Martina Egi's debut documentary "Barefoot to Timbuktu" tells the story of Ernst Aebi, a Swiss-American artist, who in the 1980s set out on a journey in the Sahara where he stumbled upon Araouane, a historical settlement in the desert, where he settled and strove to improve living conditions for the ...

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    cinemadaily | Bad Girls

    "This week Sony is releasing 'Bad Girls of Film Noir,' a two-volume collection that contains eight little-known titles from the Columbia Pictures archive," reports Dave Kehr in the New York Times. "As it turns out, not all of the girls in this set are bad, and not all the films noir. But given the b...

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    indieWIRE This Week: Sundance, Oscars, SXSW & More

    THIS WEEK IN FILM: Sundance wrapped up another run on Sunday, followed by a number of acquisition deals and bidding wars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its annual list of Oscar nominees on Tuesday, while Wednesday saw South by Southwest unveiling its 2010 lineup.

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    Scratching Below the Surface for Some Rotterdam Fest Gems

    Among the necessarily hit-and-miss movies here (242 features), one arrived like a Wagnerian bolt, a Rotterdammerung, if you'll pardon the indulgence. Fresh from its world premiere at Sundance, Estonian director Veiko Ounpuu's almost painfully seductive "The Temptation of St. Tony" brought to this pu...

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    cinemadaily | Susan Sontag's "Promised Lands"

    "As we well know, they don't make Susan Sontags anymore—hot, newsmaking ur-intellectuals whose essays were events to equal their subjects, who also wrote knockout fiction, and who was occasionally moved to make inquisitive, brainy, New Wavey films," writes Michael Atkinson in the Village Voice." "Of her four features, only 'Promised Lands' (1974) is a straight-on documentary: Fueled by her ambivalent reaction to the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Sontag landed in Sinai and Jerusalem before the fighting was through, armed with a tiny crew and the bullheaded naiveté required to venture blindly out into a minefield, just to get a shot." The film began a...

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    Wiseman Series Filling a Year at MoMA

    "Smile like you did when you got your draft card." A freshly picked recruit is getting his photo taken at Fort Knox in the summer of 1970, and smile he does. At this point of Frederick Wiseman's 1971 film "Basic Training," laughter arose from the packed house at New York's Museum of Modern Art (Mo...

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    For Your Consideration: Sundance and Next Year's Oscars

    As made evident earlier this week, the Sundance Film Festival can be a significant launching pad for Oscar nominees. This year's nominations included two for best picture - "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and "An Education" - that had debuted at last year's festival, while a myriad of other nominations did the same, including four from the acting categories, nearly half the screenplay nominees, and two of the best documentary contenders. While 2009 was definitely a standout year for Sundance films, it is probably not likely to replicate that record, though this year's festival - which closed out this past weekend - had at l...

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    Boulder Fest Rocks to 47 Films and Alec Baldwin

    Coined as one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by MovieMaker Magaine, this year's Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) will play host to 31 filmmakers, there to showcase 47 films.

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    cinemadaily | Sundance Midnight Thriller "Frozen" Chills Audiences This Weekend

    Before a Sundance screening of his new film "Frozen," director Adam Green told his inspirational "making it" story. For Green, the key to success had a little bit to do with using the resources around him ("borrowing" cameras and equipment from his job making cable company commercials) and a little...

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