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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Larry Clark, Director of "Wassup Rockers"

    Veteran director Larry Clark ("Ken Park," "Kids") returns to screens with his latest installment of teenage drama in "Wassup Rockers." In the film, a group of South Central skater boys take a ride up to L.A. tonier hoods and go after the local rich girls. They not only attract the girls, however, th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mat Whitecross, Co-Director of "The Road to Guantanamo"

    A blend between drama and documentary, "The Road to Guantanamo," debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year with much media fanfare. The film is the saga of the Tipton Three. In 2001, the three British nationals traveled to Pakistan for a wedding and later took a diversion to Afghanistan. Along the way, the three were captured by the Northern Alliance who were fighting the Taliban, and were later held by the Americans. The three were then sent to the Guantanamo prison camp where they stayed for two years. Co-directed with Michael Winterbottom ("A Cock and Bull Story"), Mat Whitecross participated in iW's email interview series about the film....

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    Year Four at SilverDocs: Gore, Scorsese, Jarmusch, Premieres, and More

    It's no secret that documentarians are some of the most independent and hardworking filmmakers in the biz. In a film's credits, it's not unusual to see a movie written, directed, edited and shot by the same person. Documentaries are passion projects. Showcasing stories that could not be left untol...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Lian Lunson, Director of "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man"

    Fresh from a run on the fest circuit that has included stops in Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin (among many others) is Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary about the acclaimed and influential musician. Opening this Wednesday at Film Forum in New York, the movie is anchored at a the "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House in Australia last year. The film features interview footage with Cohen as well as live performances by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Chr...

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    Year Five of Showcasing the Best of Modern Asian Cinema, at NYAFF '06

    It seems like the hippest discussion topics for underground cinema fans these days are "Snakes on a Plane" and Asian Cinema, which means the fifth anniversary of the New York Asian Film Festival has arrived in perfect time. Hosted by a grassroots group called Subway Cinema, NYAFF has been way ahead of the game for years now, providing New York City with two weeks' worth of some of the best modern cinema that Asia has to offer. While other festivals are highlighting Asia in their midnight program with bland horror films like Korea's "Voice", Subway has been serving up one of the most diverse selections of Asian films in the country -- rivaled ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Patrick Creadon, Director of "Wordplay"

    Will Shortz, New York Times puzzlemaster and connoisseur of word-based brain-teasers, is the primary subject of Patrick Creadon's accommplished and acclaimed documentary, "Wordplay." Creadon investigates what it takes to create a crossword puzzle for the Times, while also highlighting a number of contestants at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The Sundance Film Festival, where the film debuted in competition this year, described the film as "an engrossing, yet lighthearted portrait of an American institution...and its masterful execution produces the same satisfaction as completing a particularly ingenuous and challenging puzzle." Th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Josh Gilbert, Director of "a/k/a Tommy Chong"

    Josh Gilbert's popular festival documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong" looks at the entertainer who made his name as part of the comedic duo, Cheech & Chong. Charged three years ago for selling bongs over the Internet, Chong -- a vocal opponent the U.S. administration's war on terror -- was sentanced to pr...

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    AIVF To Close; Org Hopes to Keep Magazine Alive

    In a letter to its approximately 4,000 members, the thirty-one year old Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) has formally announced that the organization will close at the end of this month. The movie was widely expected in light of recent news that an emergency fundraising initiat...

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    Mansions, Politics and a Little Boogie, Newport Film Festival Spotlights the "Hot" Indies

    It's a rare and gratifying experience to watch a documentary and then shake hands with the film's subject. It's an even rarer and more gratifying experience to watch a documentary about a man who was wrongly accused of a crime, scapegoated by a negligent, racist judicial system, and imprisoned for t...

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    Human Rights Watch: Bringing to Light Injustice and Activism Around the World

    "Hope, it's all we've ever had," says a Catholic priest in Michael Caton-Jones' Rwandan drama "Shootings Dogs." "Now, it's running dry."

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