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    Movieline: Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec

    Movieline: Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec

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    "The debate it starts is incredible": "Afghan Star" Director Havana Marking

    After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, "Pop Idol" has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series "Afghan Star" and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. Havana Marking's "Afghan Star" follows the dramatic stories of f...

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    No Money, No Time, No Script: Meadows & Considine Experiment In Edinburgh

    No strangers to Edinburgh or to each other, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine treated Edinburgh International Film Festival-goers to a rather curious event last night: the world premiere of their 30,000 pound ($50,000 USD) mockumentary "Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee," which was shot in just five days, an...

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    "Cove" On a Roll: Psihoyos On His Film's Winning Streak

    Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" is having quite the response at film festivals. Six months after winning the documentary audience award in Sundance, the film - which investigates the slaughter of dolphins in Japan - has managed an impressive list of honors: This past weekend, it won audience awards at Na...

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    Provincetown: Still a Terrific Weekend Fest, Even with Less Cash

    Perhaps few other small towns in America scream "Film Festival" more than Provincetown. Among its small population of under 4,000 (which swells in Summer) are artists and an eclectic mix of families (gay and straight), singles, drag queens, frat guys and most likely anything in between - not to ment...

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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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