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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | IDFA Kicks Off: On Screen and In Person, Kasparov Lashes Out at Putin

    "Russia is an authoritarian state," declared Garry Kasparov tonight in Amsterdam. A subject of director Masha Novikova's IDFA world premiere "In the Holy Fire of Revolution," former Russian chess champion Kasparov spoke at tonight's packed daily panel discussion. IDFA kicked off its signature "Talk ...

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    DISPATCH FROM COLORADO | Denver Fest Keeps Eyes On The Prize

    A refreshing sense of artistic drive and egalitarianism pervades the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 31st edition of this well-respected regional fest doesn't publish (or even collect) information on film premieres; while glitzier entities such as Cannes, Sundance, or the Toronto Film Festival struggle mightily to secure rights to national or world premieres, Denver happily escapes the frenzy. Not that the festival doesn't strive - often quite successfully - to provide the best in modern cinema; they simply keep their eye on the prize, recognizing that local audiences and filmmakers, the two communities most directly served by their event, ar...

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    FIRST PERSON | Basil Tsiokos: The Challenging State of Film Fests Today

    At the end of October, after 12 years with the organization, I officially stepped down from my position as the Artistic Director of NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, which just celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Within the last year, three of the other best-kno...

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    DISPATCH FROM GREECE | The Young and Chill: Thessaloniki Spotlights Balkans and Itself

    Called the gateway to the Balkans, the city of Thessaloniki (aka Salonica) is perfectly situated in southeastern Europe to host the region's key film event, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicked off November 13. This northern port city in Greece is in close proximity to...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Taking it all On: Ellen Kuras Directs "The Betrayal"

    It's a soggy afternoon in late October and Ellen Kuras would love to just curl up in bed and get over the wicked flu bug she has, but there's just too much to do - including a lengthy phone interview for this piece. However, multitasking has become second nature to Kuras, in fact, she's made a caree...

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    indieWIRE | The End of Cancer? Director Steve Kroschel Speaks of "The Beautiful Truth"

    Steve Kroschel's "The Beautiful Truth" follows the story of 15-year old Garrett. After the unexpected and tragic death of his mother, Garret, who is an animal-loving teenager, spirals downward and fast. His father withdraws Garrett to be home-schooled to avoid flunking out. Growing up on an Alaskan ...

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    indieWIRE PROFILE | "A Christmas Tale" Director Arnaud Desplechin

    Fresh on the heels of 2005's critical hit "Kings And Queen," Arnaud Desplechin is returning to American screens this fall with his new film, "A Christmas Tale" (Un Conte de Noel). Already a hit on the international festival circuit, "A Christmas Tale" is also Desplechin's most successful release to date; international box-office receipts for the film have exceeded $4,000,000. indieWIRE caught up with Desplechin after his recent New York Film Festival screenings to discuss the film and his thoughts on the prospects for commercial success in the United States. The film launched its VOD release earlier this week and debuts today in theaters (and...

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    DISPATCH FROM ENGLAND | Sheffield Doc/Fest: Born Again and Joining Forces

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England just wound up its fifteenth incarnation, yet the air of it feels new, emerging, and in a way, it is. Director Heather Croall took over three years ago and under her leadership, this five-day event is expanding its horizons and gunning to be one of the top...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Dreaming Kawabatas: "House of Sleeping Beauties" Director Vadim Glowna

    Based on Yasunari Kawabata's novel, Vadim Glowna's "House of Sleeping Beauties" follows Edmond, a man in his sixties whose wife has recently passed away, and who is told about a secret establishment where men can spend an entire night in bed alongside beautiful, sleeping young women who never awaken...

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    iW NEWS | "Miracle" to Close 2008 Bahamas Film Festival

    Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna" will close the 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival, taking place December 4 - 11 on Paradise Island and Nassau. The film, recalls the true story of a regiment of African-American soldiers who managed to sneak their way well into enemy territory. As announced previously, writer/director Maria Govan's "Rain" will open the 5th annual event. BIFF plans to screen 80 films from 22 countries including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres, according to the festival. Most will be Bahamian debuts. Other highlights include Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Sundance fav "Sugar," Aaron Woodley'...

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