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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Man on Wire" Director James Marsh and subject Philippe Petit

    [Editor's Note: Magnolia Pictures opens the film in limited release beginning Friday, July 25 in New York with a larger roll out in select cities August 8.] "Man on Wire" is the perfect example of matching doc director to doc subject. French tightrope walker and juggler Philippe Petit became world-famous when he walked between the two World Trade Center towers, then under construction, on August 7, 1974 -- a completely illegal if fantastic act that involved complex preparation and shook up New York City's police department. (He had to cross back and forth several times to avoid the cops.) Petit had already achieved artistic notoriety for his ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW |"Boy A" Director, John Crowley

    John Crowley is, above all, an Exception, with a capital 'E.' One, he became a highly regarded established theater director in his native Ireland, but was able to cross over into the medium of film with equal success. And two, he has shown himself masterful in two completely different film genres and styles. To elaborate: Crowley's first feature, "Intermission" (2003), was an ensemble piece in which multiple (mostly raunchy) Irish characters crisscrossed through 11 different storylines, which ultimately converged into a powerful climax. Now he has made "Boy A," set in the UK (where Crowley now resides), the atmosphere of which is totally Eng...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Back and Forth with Ted Leonsis and Eugene Hernandez

    On the eve of the launch of SnagFilms -- as we signed a deal with Ted Leonsis -- indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez got on the phone for an hour to talk with Leonsis about Snag and the state of distribution today, particulary aimed at hearing more about how and why Snag came to be. The acquisition of iW c...

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    DISPATCH FROM CZECH REPUBLIC | Karlovy Vary Mixes the Big Cheese with Local Gems

    Karlovy Vary has always been an odd place to categorise. Like many other festivals, it is multi-layered, with three competitions -- one for the world, another, East Of The West, for local features, a third for documentaries -- and at least four more official strands (Horizons, Forum Of Independents,...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Exiles" Presenters, Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie

    Usually, when established artists place their names on another work, their involvement in its release is somewhat arbitrary (see "Quentin Tarantino Presents," for example). The purpose of Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie presenting Milestone Films' re-release of "The Exiles," however, has a stronger reasoning that's both practical and profound. Last year, Milestone released Burnett's great unheralded classic "Killer of Sheep," a 1977 film that deals with race issues not unlike the ones at the core of "The Exiles." Alexie, an established Seattle-based writer and poet with a few films to his name, focuses exclusively on issues facing modern N...

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    OUTFEST '08 | here! and Regent to Release Fest Opener "Breakfast with Scot"

    North American rights to director Laurie Lynd's family comedy "Breakfast with Scot," which will open Outfest 2008: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, has been acquired by here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, the company announced Tuesda...

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    DISPATCH FROM SAN FRANCISCO | Frameline Celebrates 32, Bids Lumpkin Adieu

    Frameline, the oldest and largest LGBT film festival in the world, wrapped this past weekend after an ambitious 11 day run. The 32nd edition of this Bay Area fest also served as a bittersweet send-off for its director of 25 years, Michael Lumpkin. The man responsible for Frameline's evolution from ...

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    DISPATCH FROM SWEDEN | Bergman Island: "Faro Document," "Persona," "Summer Interlude," and More from

    A film festival unlike any other, Bergmanvecken (or Bergman Week), now in its fifth year in operation and its first incarnation since the death of the man at its center last July, is a celebration of location as much as film. For Swedish cinema, Ingmar Bergman was always a one-man-show, its industry glue, its irreproachable standard-bearer, its looming demon genius -- and he has been resented throughout the industry for the past half-century nearly as often as he's been embraced. Not so on Faro, the island located on the northern tip of Gotland, where he made his permanent residence for decades even as he lived and worked in Stockholm during ...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "I'll Come Running" Director Spencer Parsons and "HottieBoombaLottie" Director

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    DISPATCH FROM SCOTLAND | "Somers Towns" Leads Winners in Edinburgh

    The 62nd annual Edinburgh International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, after screening over 130 films over the course of 12 days, throughout the cobblestoned medieval cluster of the Scottish capital. Founded in 1947 in conjunction with Edinburgh Festival in August, the festival was intended to help revive the city's post-war economy. This year marked the first year the film festival ran at a different time and the event had tremendous help in smoothing the transition from its dedicated patrons, Sean Connery and Tilda Swinton, who were present throughout the EIFF's duration at many screenings, dinners and gatherings. Connery ho...

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