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    The World As We Know It Is Over? 10 Insights on the Movie Biz

    "The way we operate is being dissected and reassembled in front of our eyes," noted Endgame's James D. Stern in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend (which was published in its entirety by indieWIRE). Later that day, a panel of key industry players gathered at the fest'...

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    Storytelling, Of All Kinds, Showcased at Nantucket Fest

    "I lost my virginity here," Ben Stiller revealed to a small crowd at the Nantucket Film Festival on Friday night. "But that's not my story." As his legendary parents -- comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara -- looked on, Stiller launched into a delightfully candid anecdote about taking too much acid during his teenage years in Manhattan. The story tied into his familial connections in the room: Gripped with extreme paranoia, Stiller called his parents in Hollywood, where his mother was shooting an episode of "Love Boat." Meara, sitting nearby, said she handed the phone to her husband. "And then you had a drink, right?" Stiller shot back. The...

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    Looking for "Movies that Inspire," Under the Stars at 10th Maui Fest

    Maui rolled out the red carpet (on the beach) and the chocolate (drizzled with coconut) to celebrate their 10th year of film paradise. The Maui Film Festival, June 17 - 21, brought a solid slate of "movies that inspire" — and healthy dose of rock-n-roll — to this Hawaiian island 2500 miles from the ...

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    A Lord's Call To Arms: David Puttnam Addresses Edinburgh

    "I've always believed that cinema has a significant political role to play in times of crisis, such as those we are currently living in," Lord David Puttnam said in a passionate keynote address of the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday. "At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable abil...

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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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    James D. Stern: "Making Smarter Movies" or "I Need the Eggs!" - Now What?

    I know some of you were expecting Mark Gill to be back today and deliver a follow-up to last year's speech, but unfortunately, on the way over, Mark was struck by a piece of falling sky. He was rushed to a Cineplex, where doctors have strapped him in a chair and ordered him to watch 'UP' in 3D for ...

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    Bicycles, Boats, John Waters & Film as Art Boost Surviving Provincetown Fest

    It's 7 p.m. on a cool Friday evening outside the Art House theater and cafe in Provincetown, MA. The line of moviegoers that had formed alongside the venue has been let in and at the theater, staffers are trying to squeeze in as many customers as the venue will allow. Back outside, John Wat...

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    LAFF | America Unrolling Outside: "Passenger Side" Director Matthew Bissonnette

    Saddled with his own frustrations, the last thing Michael wants to do is spend the day driving his recovering addict of a brother Tobey around Los Angeles. There’s too much history between them, and Michael has his doubts about his brother’s sobriety. Nevertheless, he agrees to pick Tobey up, but wh...

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    LAFF | Starting Over in Chile: "Turistas" Director Alicia Scherson

    On a much-needed road trip, 37-year-old Carla casually tells her husband she made a major decision without consulting him. Subconsciously, she's hoping to escape their miserable marriage and its paralyzing maturity. It works. Abandoned (and quietly exhilarated) in the Chilean countryside, C...

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    LAFF | Free Cruise Becomes Movie: "Wah Do Dem" Co-Director Ben Chace

    Max’s girlfriend Willow dumps him days before their departure on a Carribean cruise. Unable to find a friend to come with him to experience the all-you-can-eat-buffet crowd, he goes it alone. A hipster in a strange land, Max can’t quite adjust to being out of his element until his playful lark evolv...

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