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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Sander Burger Unravels a Perfect Ikea Life

    The Netherlands' Sander Burger directs his second feature, the idyllic-life-gone-bad, "Hunting and Sons," screening at this year's New Directors/New Film Series.

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    "Bomb" Leads Winners at Heavily Attended Cleveland Fest

    Amidst 300 films from 84 different countries, the Midwest honored itself last night as the Cleveland International Film Festival came to a close. Priding itself more on the remarkable devotion of its patrons than anything else, it was quite the moment as hundreds of said patrons gathered in the Tow...

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    Eugene Hernandez: "Breaking Upwards". Breaking even?

    New York, NY, March 29, 2009 -- A few hundred film folks spent much of a sunny New York City Saturday indoors at Columbia University this weekend. Dubbed, "The Conversation," the all-day symposium at Columbia's Uris Hall was the latest event aimed at exploring the future of the entertainment industr...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Sultan Sharrief’s “Stand” - A Four Year Project

    A family business is the focus of Sultan Sharrief's 2010 New Directors/New Films feature. For almost 60 years, Bilal’s family has run a taxi business - known to everybody in the neighborhood as “the stand” - started by his grandfather. But times are getting tougher: there’s more competition, and Bil...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Director Tanya Hamilton Cuts Close to Home With "Night Catches Us"

    Social dissent told through a personal story is the focus of "Night Catches Us," screening in the 2010 New Directors/New Films series. The debut feature from Tanya Hamilton exposes the realities of African-American life during the final days of the Black Power movement, as potluck suppers, run-ins w...

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    indieWIRE This Week: ND/NF, Festival Lineups and Acquisitions

    THIS WEEK IN NEWS: The New Directors/New Films series got underway in New York, a slew of upcoming festivals announced their lineups, and several films were released following successful festival runs.

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    GLAAD Asks Tribeca to Remove "Trannies"; Fest & Director Counter Criticism

    Comment forums and the Facebook page for one of the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival's films, "Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives," have lit up with comments debating the perceived offensiveness of the film, which will have its world premiere at the event in late April. The film, directed by Dallas-base...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Director Radu Jude on his No Fuss Approach Directing "Happiest Girl"

    The Romanians are back with another bone-dry, pitch-black comedy—this time bearing a particularly cynical view on happiness, the cruelty of families, and the making of inept television commercials. In his feature-film debut, Radu Jude is already a master of uneasy hilarity. When a plucky provincial ...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | “The Oath” Director Laura Poitras On Her Portrait of Post-9/11 U.S

    Filmed over a two-year period, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard (now driving a cab in Yemen), and Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with war crimes. Filmmaker Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, ND/NF 2006) takes us deep inside the world of Al Qaeda, Guantanamo, and U.S. interrogation methods through a dramatic structure filled with plot reversals, betrayals, and never-before-seen intelligence documents.The second in a planned trilogy on America post–9/11, The Oath is an intricately constructed work that keeps the viewer off balance and works on several levels. Shading the com...

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    New Directors/New Films '10 | Lixin Fan Pays Tribute to China's Migrant Workers in "Last Train Home"

    Each year the largest migration of people in human history happens over New Year’s in China, when city workers leave en masse for their hometowns in the countryside, often traveling days by train. For the first half of this remarkable documentary, you’ll wonder how the filmmaker even shot it. But as...

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