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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Billy Corben, director of "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Billy Corben's doc "Cocaine Cowboys" takes place in a place often though synonymous with the drug--Miami, Florida. Set in the 1980s when the Colombian coke barons moved into Miami with a ruthlessness not seen since Prohibition-era Chicago, the film is a true story of how Miami became the drug, murde...

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    DISPATCH FROM INDIANA: Faith is in the spotlight at Heartland Film Festival

    Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke would never have been invited to Indianapolis' Heartland Film Festival for her acclaimed coming-of-age drama "thirteen" although its messages of a wayward teenage girl's self-improvement and learning to make good choices would fit under the Heartland Film Festival banne...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Barbara Kopple, co-director of "Shut Up & Sing"

    Barbara Kopple is anything but a stranger to the world of documentary film, having accomplished notoriety in the genre, directing "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1977. Kopple again took the Oscar for best doc (shared with Arthur Cohn) in 1991 for ...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Award Winners, Altman, Pollock, and a Piano at 14th Hamptons Fest

    Jens Lien's Norwegian film "The Bothersome Man" won a pair of jury prizes at the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend. Lien's follow-up to his 2003 feature "Jonny Vang" won the Golden Starfish Competition, nabbing the in-kind production services package valued at $185,000 and it al...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Leading Independent Producers Gather to Toast Ted Hope at 3rd Annual Ind

    With a mix of sincerity and silliness, leading independent film producer Ted Hope was saluted Thursday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival by an leading group of filmmaking colleagues and industry friends. The event, presented in conjunction with indieWIRE, ranged from toast to roast a...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Haas' War Story, "The Situation," Kicks Off a Festival of International

    Out on the East End of Long Island Wednesday night, the world premiere of Philip Haas' "The Situation" kicked off the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival. Set in contemporary Iraq, the film stars Connie Nielsen and Damian Lewis and will be released by Shadow Distribution early next year. Three...

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    DISPATCH FROM PUSAN: Asian Filmmakers and Producers Look Both Inward and Abroad for Future Growth

    Haze and fog settled over Pusan on Monday and Tuesday, but inside the headquarters for the first annual Asian Film Market, taking place alongside the 11th Pusan International Film Festival, at the Grand Hotel in the city's Haeundae area, the bustle is evident as film industry reps scurry to meetings...

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    Woodstock Offers Decidedly Local Event, Highlighting Fest Circuit Favorites

    October has become quite a busy month for film festivals in and around New York City. While the highly selective New York Film Festival runs for more than two weeks at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, about two hours north of the city the annual Woodstock Film Festival offers a getaway weekend in the Hu...

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    DISPATCH FROM PUSAN: Protecting Local Voices While Embracing a New Market, Pusan Events Champion Asi

    The Korean peninsula was thrown into crisis last week with news of two nuclear tests by North Korea, yet hundreds of miles away in the southern port city of Pusan, fireworks and jubilation were the order of the day for the start of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival. An estimated 5,000 ticke...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Doug Block, director of "51 Birch Street"

    With the alluring tagline, "Do you really want to know your parents?" Through a close examination of his own family, filmmaker Doug Block explores universal questions about our own mothers and fathers in his new film "51 Birch Street." As indieWIRE documentary columnist Jonny Leahan wrote about the ...

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