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    NYFF '07 Critics Notebook 1 | Finding Jewels Amongst the Famously Selective

    (Many candy) apples and (a couple of sour) oranges: The 45th edition of the New York Film Festival, running September 28-October 16, is underway. Comparing movies is a drag, especially in a noncompetitive event, but the choices in this famously selective fest (28 "official" features on top of the si...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lust, Caution" Director Ang Lee

    There's no lack of buzz around "Lust, Caution," the latest provocation from Ang Lee. Though tepidly received by some Stateside reviewers, who found more caution than lust, it collected the Golden Lion in Venice (Lee's second in three years following "Brokeback Mountain"). "Lust" marks not only Lee's return to a Chinese-based milieu--with his trademark agility, he once again tackles a new genre, this time an erotic espionage thriller, with graphic sex scenes that won the film an NC-17 rating. No question, the film's steamy grappling might be hard to distinguish from pornography. But it could be argued those scenes play a crucial dramatic role-...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Angels in the Dust" Director Louise Hogarth

    Director Louise Hogarth follows up her controversial documentary "The Gift," which discussed gay men who purposely contracted HIV, with "Angels in the Dust." "Angels" tells the story of Marion Cloete, a woman who, along with husband and daughters, left Johannesburg to bring together the village and school of Boikarabelo, where most of "Angels" takes place. The Cloetes provide food, shelter and education for over 550 South African children, most of whom have been orphaned by AIDS or infected themselves. The film won the 2007 Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the 2007 Special Jury Prize ...

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    FESTIVALS | Surprises and Thrills All Around, Fantastic Fest Unspools

    It may only be year three for Fantastic Fest, Austin's very own premiere fantasy, action, horror, sci-fi festival, but they seem to have ironed out many of the kinks in event planning very quickly. Located all in one central location of the world famous Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest boasts a myri...

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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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