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    "MacGruber" Hits SXSW With Raunchy Press Conference

    "This moderating is exceeding my wildest expectations," "Saturday Night Live" feature film spin-off "MacGruber" writer-director Jorma Taccone said in the middle of a panel at the SXSW Film Festival today. The comment came after moderator (and Lonely Island performer) Akiva Schaffer said to "MacGrube...

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    SXSW '10 | Rebecca Richman Cohen Justifies Her Law School Tuition with "War Don Don"

    Rebecca Richman Cohen went from law school to behind the camera after finding the story that she needed to tell. "In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the 'special court.' Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who played a crucial role in bringing peace. "War Don Don" tells the story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims and, from behind bars, Issa Sesay himself. In Krio, war don don m...

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    "Passenger Pigeons" Director Martha Stephens: "I put every piece of myself into it"

    Set among the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, Martha Stephens' "Passenger Pigeons" is a story about dealing with loss and an ambiguous future in the dark hills of Appalachia. The film quietly interweaves four separate story lines over the course of a weekend as the town copes with the death of a loc...

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    Acting 101: Ten Tips From Jeffrey Tambor's SXSW Workshop

    "You should be president," someone in the audience said at the end of Jeffrey Tambor's acting workshop in Austin, Texas yesterday. "I have never felt so inspired... And I don't even work in the film industry."

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    SXSWdaily | "Cold Weather," "Saturday Night," and "Red White & Blue" Bring Weekend Buzz

    The sunny weather and clear skies persist here in Austin, where audiences are reveling in epic genres, small indies, auteur favorites, and more in the fest's seventeenth year. Three days into SXSW and our own Anne Thompson has called it: "First Hit is Cold Weather" reads the headline. LA Times' Mark Olsen sees big things for the film and bigger things for Katz. "Where his previous features, 'Quiet City' (2007) and 'Dance Party, USA' (2006), were diffuse romances, making Katz seem something of a lo-fi sensualist and new American independent variation on art-house stalwarts Michelangelo Antonioni or Wong Kar-wai, 'Cold Weather' has just eno...

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    SXSW '10: Snapshots From A Weekend for New Movies in Austin

    Michel Gondry's "The Thorn in the Heart," Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather" and Chris D’Arienzo’s “Barry Munday” were among the higher profile screenings Saturday night in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival. Despite a warm sunny day with virtually every restaurant or party space offering beer and outside se...

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    Meet The SXSW Filmmakers

    The following is a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. All descriptions of the films are provided by SXSW. The festival takes place March 12-21.

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    "Children" Director Tze Chun: "It's strange to see your film get more timely day-by-day"

    After making the rounds on the festival circuit, Tze Chun’s "Children of Invention" will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on March 12. The film follows the trials of an Asian-American family struggling to make ends meet. When their single-mother becomes entangled in a Pyramid Scheme and...

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    indieWIRE This Week: Awards Season Wraps Up and SXSW Kicks Off

    THIS WEEK IN NEWS: History was made at Oscar night. "Precious" predictably swept the Spirit Awards. Meanwhile indieWIRE readies itself for SXSW.

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    So & Brad Incorporated: More Than A Moviemaking Marriage

    This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. "The Exploding Girl" opens in New York City today.

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