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    cinemadaily | "Taking Woodstock" and Others Celebrate Forty Years

    Perhaps aiming to be the filmmaker with the most diverse catalog in history, Ang Lee has turned his sights onto the epic weekend music festival that occurred in upstate New York forty years ago. Lee's "Taking Woodstock" is, gulp, a comedy, foreign territory for Lee in recent years. It features the...

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    Michael Moore, Concerts, Free Screenings & A New Prize Highlight TIFF Docs for '09

    Within this year's doc line up at the Toronto International Film Festival is a familiar elephant in the proverbial room, with Michael Moore's latest, "Capitalism: A Love Story," set for its North American premiere - at North America's preeminent film festival - sure to capture headlines, accolades, ...

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    Authenticity, Emotionality, and Technology: Ondi Timoner on "We Live in Public"

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in theaters this Friday.

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    cinemadaily | "Goodbye Solo" Flies to DVD

    Ramin Bahrani's third released feature, after "Man Push Cart" and "Chop Shop," comes to DVD today. Its release, though modest, has solidified Bahrani's status as one of the most respected new directors in independent cinema. The new film, "Goodbye Solo," is set in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It follows two men as they forge an impromptu relationship within the confines of a cab. Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) is the cab's driver, a new immigrant. William (Red West), in his seventies, jumps into the cab and tells Solo to take him to the top of a mountain so windy that the snow blows up. As the two discuss the trip, a world of (mis)unders...

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    Talking TIFF: Fest Co-Director Cameron Bailey On Toronto '09

    "I'm getting slightly more sleep this year, that's the major difference," Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey told indieWIRE regarding his sophomore year on the job. "But only a little bit. It's still a really demanding job. The only difference is I know what's coming this...

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    A DIY Believer: "Big Fan" Director Robert Siegel

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "Big Fan" is being released in theaters this weekend.

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    cinemadaily | "Jeanne Dielman" Comes to Criterion

    "'Jeanne Dielman' belongs to the rare class of films capable of transforming the world around you, though it requires the kind of patience and dedication that can be hard to come by at home," writes the LA Times' Sam Adams in a piece on Chantal Akerman's 1975 landmark feminist film which gets an ove...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Nadie Sabe Nada

    Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 23, 2009 -- The scene: A middle-aged man steps into a row of a fading, empty movie theater. He sits down, pauses for a moment then gets up and moves one seat to his right. He does the same thing again before settling on a spot. As it turns out, he's not about to watch a mov...

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    Sarajevo Standouts: Ordinary and Not So Ordinary People

    The Sarajevo Film Festival closed out its 15th anniversary edition last night honoring films recognizing both everyday and out-there subjects, with Serbian films doing especially well. Offering a realist view of both the drudgery and soul-killing aspects of war, Vladimir Perisic's carefully composed Serbian drama, "Ordinary People," charting the course of one day in the life of a young Serbian soldier, won the festival's "Heart of Sarajevo" awards for Best Film and for Best Actor for understated yet powerful lead Relja Popovic. In pointed contrast to that film's starkness, Yorgos Lanthimos' absurdist look at the lives of a family raised in de...

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    Sex Sells Short Films Online...But Is That a Good Thing?

    In this era where most short films are seen online rather than in festivals, Justin Nowell is a short filmmaker with a unique perspective. Not only has he directed two shorts that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 ("Sick Sex") and 2009 ("Acting for the Camera"), his films were among the select few chosen to be part of the festival's online component each year. Did allowing his work to be seen on the Internet hinder future festival acceptance? Did giving the shorts away for free, albeit for a limited time, cripple future iTunes and Amazon VOD sales? And does online success attract Hollywood's attention? Justin Nowell share...

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