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    DISPATCH FROM HAWAII | Nature and Film Combine for Celestial Maui Fest

    The Maui Film Festival would seem one of those events that's so cool it couldn't get any better. Last year it was picture-perfect. This year, the five-day fest that ran June 11 - 15 managed to up its own film paradise ante. Barry Rivers, founder and director, is not one of those guys who sits still,...

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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | CineVegas Turns out a Strange Splashy Mix for 10th Edition

    Rainn Wilson isn't high on the list of spokespeople for the independent film community, but his comments on the red carpet for "The Rocker," a forgettable heavy metal spoof in which he stars that opened the CineVegas Film Festival on Thursday, laid the groundwork for the specific nature of the gathe...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kicking It" Director Susan Koch

    Director Susan Koch's Sundance '08 doc "Kicking It" (co-directed by Jeff Werner) centers on the Homeless World Cup that was established in 2001 with the idea to give homeless people the opportunity to better their lives through sports. In the five years since its creation, 20,000 people have compete...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "On the Rumba River" Director Jacques Sarasin

    Director Jacques Sarasin's music doc "On the Rumba River" is described as a "tribute to the Congolese people... In the face of staggering poverty, a history of oppression and a long-time civil war that has claimed the lives of four million people, people continue to find solace in music. The film focuses on Antoine Kolosoy, whose music was banned by the Belgian colonia authorities who feared his joyful rhythms would cuase unrest. In the '60s, his songs expressed the hopes of the newly independent country that believed in its future... This is the second directing project for Sarasin following his 2001 drama "Je chanterai pur toi" (I'll Sing f...

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    Human Rights Fest Sets '08 Slate, Launches Youth Program

    Co-presented by Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 19th annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will run from June 13 to 26, featuring 19 feature-length films and 13 shorts from 20 countries, including 31 New York premieres. The festival will open with Peter Raymont's "A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman," with the film's subject and renowned author of "Death and the Maiden" present to introduce the documentary. The two closing night films are "Letter to Anna," which tells the story of the life and tragic death of crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and "USA vs. Al-A...

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    indieWIRE PRODUCTION REPORT | "Hanging Out," "Chess," "Four Seasons," "Killing Holly," and "Pontypo

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Take Out" Co-director Sean Baker

    Co-director Sean Baker's "Take Out" centers on the day in the life of Ming Ding, an illegal Chinese immigrant working as a deliveryman for a Chinese take-out shop in New York City. Ming is behind with his payments on his huge debt to the smugglers who brought him to the US. The collectors have given...

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    DISPATCH FROM SEATTLE | Battling In Seattle With Success At The Fest

    The headlines of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer screamed, "It's full speed ahead" for their local fest, the 34th Seattle International Film Festival.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Operation Filmmaker" Director Nina Davenport

    After an award-winning run on the festival circuit, including the Documentary Award for AFI Fest and the KNF Award from the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Nina Davenport's "Operation Filmmaker is beginning a limited theatrical release this Friday, June 6. The film follows Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi man who appeared on MTV's "True Life" series explaining his dream of becoming a filmmaker. The episode caught the eye of actor-director Liev Schreiber, who hired Muthana to work on the set of his film "Everything is Illuminated." Davenport decided to film Muthana's experiences on set, which led to her personal entanglement in the situati...

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    6th Silver Docs Fest Offers 108 Films From 63 Countries

    The 6th annual SILVERDOCS documentary film festival announced its programming for its June 16-23, 2008 event, which takes place in Silver Spring, MD,. The festival will present 108 films representing 63 countries selected from 1,861 submissions with six world, eight North American, six U.S. and seve...

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