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    John Cooper: "We are looking for creativity born of limitations"

    The move to create a new section for low and no budget films at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival came from an internal frustration that the event excluded worthy films in recent years. "I was bothered by that," new festival Director John Cooper told indieWIRE today, saying that had the section ex...

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    Taking on Wall Street: Leslie Cockburn on "American Casino"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. "American Casino" opens in theaters this Wednesday, September 2.

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    Venice Mounts a Resurrection but Opener "Baarìa" Hits the Skids

    After the train-wreck of Venice 2008, it was clear that something had to be done. But what? Responsiveness to emergencies has never exactly seemed one of the Latin virtues, and many fans feared that the festival - the longest-running in the world, and one of the most beloved - might turn into the ci...

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    cinemadaily | On "Capitalism," "Life During Wartime," and "The Informant!", Venice Begins Today

    One month ago, I scanned the blogs to see what was being talked about around the web when the line-up for the 66th Venice Film Festival was announced. The film's opening and closing ceremonies will be hosted by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, star of "Il Postino." On Wednesday, the Venice ...

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    10 Things The Fall Fests May Tell Us About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival tomorrow marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride this weekend and Toronto next week will offer both industry, and in Toronto's case the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not ...

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    Now On USB? Mann Takes "Mushrooms" To New Platform

    Today, for the first time, a feature film is being released on USB. Ron Mann's "Know Your Mushrooms," a doc investigating the near-secret world of fungi that premiered at SXSW earlier this year, is being released on a 4-gigabyte re-usable USB flash drive. What's more, the USB key comes in the form of a little fungi, and is included in a "hand-crafted" wooden box with an actual Alaska morel mushroom, hand picked by the film's star, "fungi-master" Larry Evans. Mann - a celebrated documentarian known for films like 1982's "Poetry In Motion," 1992's "Twist" and 2000's "Grass" - talked to indieWIRE about his decision to take a different route with...

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    cinemadaily | Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" Hits The Shelves

    "Sin Nombre," whose director Cary Fukunaga won the U.S. directing award at this year's Sundance, comes out on DVD today. The film, which also won a cinematography award at Sundance, follows Sayra, a beautiful young Honduran woman (Paulina Gaytan) who joins her father and uncle as they attempt to ge...

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    TIFF '09 | Dima El-Horr: "Dream in Arabic, speak English and write and read in French"

    Coming from Lebanon, Dima El-Horr's "Every Day is a Holiday" is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Disc...

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    Hirokazu Kore-eda: "Japanese feel an intimacy with the dead"

    Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda returned to U.S. theaters over the weekend with his subtle "Still Walking," which won praises from critics, including the New York Times, which deemed the feature "a quiet, stirring film," while indieWIRE gave near universal praise save for an "unsatisfying ending." While the film did a decent $10,000 per screen average in its initial roll out, and Kore-eda has screened in the States before with mostly well received titles, "After Life" and "Maborosi," the understated filmmaker still remains something of an unfamiliar personality outside of his core fans, but he has had a respectable presence here, ever sin...

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    TIFF '09 | Kate Ogborn: "I hope that the film touches people"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews indieWIRE will be running with the filmmakers screening in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program.

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