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    TRIBECA '07 | Midnight films surprise, satisfy, and suck (blood)

    Despite undergoing much scrutiny this year for changes to structure, pricing, locations and programming, the Tribeca Film Festival seems to have beefed up their Midnight and genre selections for the year, leaping miles ahead of the 2006 content. Ranging from some of the year's most creative and original, darker work like Gyorgy Palfi's grotesquely beautiful "Taxidermia" and Ha Yoo's perfectly layered gangster mini-epic "A Dirty Carnival" (both so strong that Tribeca elevated them to the Showcase section of the festival) to the more dramatic, less shocking side of midnight like Teng Huatao's composed ghost love story "The Matrimony", the genre...

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    TRIBECA '07 | Volach's "Father" Wins Top Tribeca Prize; Gibney's "Taxi" Wins Doc Award

    David Volach's "My Father My Lord" (Hofshat Kaits) won the Founders Award for best narrative feature (including a $50,000 cash award) and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Darkside" won the prize for best documentary feature (including $25,000 cash) at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Organizers presented t...

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    DISPATCH FROM SAN FRANCISCO | George Lucas, Robin Williams, and More Honored as SF Int'l Fest Celebr

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the San Francisco International Film Festival welcomed about 600 of the city's well-heeled residents to the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square last night for the annual Film Society Awards night. Hollywood glitterati also made their way in for the big party, i...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Away From Her" Director Sarah Polley

    Actor/director Sarah Polley has won accolades both at home in Canada and around the world for her roles in "My Life Without Me," "Lantern Hill," "Go," and "The Sweet Hereafter" among many others. Her latest directing venture, "Away From Her" starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Gordon Pinsent and Kristen Thomson has also garnered festival praise, including at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered last September and at the Sedona Film Festival Stateside where it won the "Excellence in Filmmaking" award. The drama centers on Grant and Fiona, a couple who have been married for decades with a closeness that's unmistakab...

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    SF INT'L '07 | Picturing Politics at SFIFF50

    A shot in veteran filmmaker Jon Else's documentary "Wonders Are Many" -- a behind the scenes look at composer John Adams and director-librettist Peter Sellars' opera Doctor Atomic -- makes visual reference to Picasso's "Guernica" as apt shorthand for art's awesome charge to speak for the voiceless in the age of total war and total exploitation. For an opera about the Manhattan Project and the birth of the atomic age, the Picasso quote is fitting enough. But Else's documentary, which screens this year as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, not only broaches pressing questions about art's role in a time of threat and cri...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT: "Antigravity", "Midnight Meat Train", "Orgies and the Meaning of Life", "Sunshine

    [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 | "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" director Bruce Leddy

    Bruce Leddy's debut feature, "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace", could be described as the a cappella version of "The Big Chill." The ensemble comedy is about a male a capella group that reunites years later for a long, lost weekend of rehearsal before performing at their friend's wedding. The ...

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    DISPATCH FROM TRIBECA | Mexico, France and Africa In Focus on Tribeca Fest's First Weekend

    Alternating days of sun and rain greeted the first weekend of the 6th Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan and whether it was the fluctuating weather conditions or the significantly higher prices, the festival's advance ticket sales were down, according to a number sources (and organizers recently sla...

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    PEOPLE: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

    [This interview first appeared in indieWIRE's sister publication covering film in the Bay Area, SF360. For additional coverage of the San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the SF360 website.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Diggers" Director Katherine Dieckmann

    Director Katherine Dieckmann's "Diggers" starring Lauren Ambrose, Josh Hamilton and Paul Rudd is set on Long Island, NY on the cusp of the Ford-Carter U.S. presidential election. Though ads in the local bar talk about a "change coming over America," the local clam diggers are more worried about losi...

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