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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Mumblecore Movie? Swanberg, Bujalski, Duplass and Others Unveil "Hannah Tak

    Two years ago, duing an interview for indieWIRE, acclaimed indie director Andrew Bujalski spoke of a mumblecore movement made up of a group of filmmakers whose films debuted at SXSW that year. In the Spring of '05, SXSW producer Matt Dentler programmed the Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair," Susan ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "The Host" director Bong Joon-ho

    With his spectacular monster movie, "The Host", Bong Joon-ho takes some advice from the Speilberg suspense-film playbook -- simplify the monster, humanize the people. Marked by a patient and well-crafted beginning, a sunny day at the river's edge becomes a bloody feast for a bumbling creature. When it takes a little girl into its lair for a future snack, the dsyfunctional family it left behind tries to pull it together to save her. As the hottly anticipated followup to Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder," "The Host" quickly became the highest grossing South Korean film of all time. The director answered indieWIRE's questions following the fil...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Docs and Journalism Stir Talk at SXSW with Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore,

    "Did you find Osama bin Laden?," began a conversation with director Morgan Spurlock on Sunday at SXSW moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. indieWIRE's inquiry referred to Spurlock's secretive new film, tentatively titled "Where in the World...", which was recently acquired at the EFM in Berlin in a multi-million deal with The Weinstein Company. "We'll have to wait until the movie's finished to see," responded Spurlock who said that he would not reveal too much about his new documentary quite yet, but added, "It's about the state of the world right now. I hope that like 'Super Size Me' it will make people question the choices we make, an...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: James Scurlock, director of "Maxed Out"

    James Scurlock's "Maxed Out" takes on the elephant in the American living room: dept. Using a wide spectrum of characters -- broke college students, a real estate agent riding the property bubble, a banker who's bank has merged so many times he's lost count -- Scurlock weaves a surreal and troublin...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Linklater (Reluctantly) In Austin Spotlight; And, Scott Frank's "Lookout" O

    Austin's own Richard Linklater was an unlikely honoree at the Austin Film Society's 7th annual Texas Hall of Fame Awards on Friday night, not because anyone thought the honor was undeserved but the director has typically resisted stepping into the spotlight at the largest annual fundraiser for the o...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT: "Antique," "Finder of Lost Children," "Float," "Salim Baba," "Then She Found Me"

    [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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    UNDISCOVERED GEMS INTERVIEW: Steve Barron, Director of "Choking Man"

    Named Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at last fall's Gotham Awards, Steve Barron's "Choking Man" kicked off indieWIRE's Undiscovered Gems series in February. The monthly film screening series from Emerging Pictures (sponsored by Sundance Channel and The New York Times), is culled from in...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jean-Claude Brisseau, Director of "Exterminating Angels"

    French director Jean-Claude Brisseau's "Exterminating Angels" (Les Anges Exterminateurs) follows filmmaker Francois' preparation on a thriller. During screen tests for a nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by desire to contribute someting new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes fiction and reality on those very same transgressions that are a source of pleasure. Brisseau made his mark early on in his filmmaking career, taking a "Special Award of Youth" award in Cannes for "De bruit et de fureur" in 1988, and later joined the Berlinale comp...

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    FIRST PERSON | John Sinno: An open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    [Editor's note: John Sinno is a producer of "Iraq in Fragments" by James Longley.]

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    "The Namesake" Opens Cinequest; Fest Touts Film Distribution Scheme

    Director Mira Nair's latest, "The Namesake" opens the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival Wednesday night in San Jose, CA, launching the 11-day event. This year's lineup includes 14 films screening in Cinequest's Maverick narrative competition, while 13 are on tap for the doc competition. In addition to a ...

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