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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Jane Austen Book Club" Director Robin Swicord

    Writer/director Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club" centers on six Californians who start a club to discuss the works of 19th century English writer Jane Austen. Based on the best-selling novel by Karen Joy Fowler, the friends (played by Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, Maggie Grace, Kathy Baker and Emily Brunt) who live in present-day Sacramento, have each been hurt in some way and are perplexed by love. As the book club continues further into Austen's books, the lives of each member in the book club is also revealed with striking parallels. "The Jane Austen Book Club" is the first directorial feature for veteran screenwriter Swicord. She...

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    IFP MARKET '07 | Indie Org Awards Grants, Services as NYC Independent Film Week Wraps

    More than $100,000 in cash, donations and services were awarded on Thursday afternoon as the Independent Feature Project (IFP) showcased filmmakers and their new projects during the organizations annual "Independent Film Week" in New York City. Eunhee Cho received the inaugural Adrienne Shelly Direc...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Antonia" Director Tata Amaral

    Brazilian director Tata Amaral's "Antonia" is the story of four young Brazilian women, Preta, Barbarah, Mayah and Lena, old-time friends who live in a poor neighborhood of São Paulo and decide to have their own hip-hop group, having to deal with the violence near their homes and the machismo of the ...

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    IFP MARKET '07 | "Honeydripper" Launches NYC Independent Film Event; Fest Folks Talk Premieres at Co

    Nearly three decades after attending the first Independent Feature Project market with his debut feature "Return of the Secaucus 7," filmmaker John Sayles kicked off the 2007 IFP Market -- and the umbrella event, Independent Film Week -- with the U.S. premiere of his new film, "Honeydripper." Hailed as the "First Couple" of the independent film scene by IFP board chair Ira Deutchman, Sayles and longtime producer Maggie Renzi were praised for remaining "fiercely independent." Introducing Sayles and Renzi prior to the AMC Loews Lincoln Square screening, Deutchman added that "at a time when the defition of independent film is murky at best," the...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Last Winter" Director Larry Fessenden

    Director Larry Fessenden's thriller "The Last Winter" is set in the Arctic tundra of Northern Alaska where an advanced team working for a petroleum exploration company is engaged in a massive project to exploit the oil resources of the pristine land. After one crewmember is found dead, a disorientation slowly claims the sanity of the other members of the team as each of them succumbs to an unknowable fear. Actor/director/writer/producer Fessenden won the "Someone to Watch" Award at the 1997 Independent Spirit Awards for "Habit," which he starred and directed. He has continued to pick up nominations and awards at other festivals, including the...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams, "The Big Shot Caller," "The H

    [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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    TORONTO '07 | Catching Up: indieWIRE at the Toronto International Film Festival

    The 2007 Toronto International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night in Canada and indieWIRE is wrapping up its coverage early this week. Our reports from Toronto include a mix of news, buzz, reviews, interviews, iPOP photos and feature articles. We invite you to check out indieWIRE's cove...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Great World of Sound" Director Craig Zobel

    Director Craig Zobel's "Great World of Sound" revolves around Martin (Pat Healy), who answers an ad to train as a record producer, where he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists. The company, called Great World of Sound, partners shy, unassuming Martin with the gregarious Clarence (Kene Holliday) and sends them on the road, visiting southern towns where the company has placed newspaper ads, and turning motels into makeshift audition studios. Though an unlikely duo, they sign more acts than anyone else at the company. But when Martin takes a special interest in a young girl's "New National Anthem," putting up his own money ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Silk" Director Francois Girard

    French Canadian director Francois Girard's Toronto International Film Festival '07 feature "Silk" is based on Italian author Alessandro Baricco's novel of the same name. Married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) travels to 19th century Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect his affair. Girard has directed experimental shorts and music videos in add...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Peter Carstairs: "Cinema is ultimately becoming more international.

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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