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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Puttin' on the Ritz: 5th DIFF Dazzles and Spotlights the Downtrodden

    "This is a great city and a crossroads of trade," praised director Oliver Stone Thursday night prior to the opening night screening of his latest "W." at the Dubai International Film Festival. Though the film has already opened at home, it is quite a testament for a festival that is only in its fifth year to get the likes of Stone and others to travel literally halfway around the world. And why not? Let's face it, the film industry - both Hollywood and Indiewood, or what there is left of it - is drawn to events that offer a glitzy good time. And the very word "Dubai" conjures images of over the top wealth and zillion dollar development. And q...

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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | Fest Organizers Look to Online Options While Anticipating Recession

    The International Film Festival Summit wrapped its 5th edition earlier this week, having returned to Las Vegas proper after a detour last year in Henderson, NV, and perhaps as a result boasted a significant increase in registered attendees. The three-day event drew festival organizers from all over the U.S., as well as a few international colleagues as a professional forum to discuss a wide range of issues relevant to this small but specialized subset of the film industry, from practical considerations of sponsorship, marketing, ticketing, board development, and programming, to more far-reaching philosophical explorations of the role of film ...

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    By Any Means Necessary: "Wendy & Lucy" Director Kelly Reichardt

    "You could say we had limited means," Wendy and Lucy" director Kelly Reichardt laughs when asked about her film's production restraints. "The production is a lot like Wendy's situation, where it's just super precarious and if anything fucks up, we're pretty screwed. One mishap could bring the whole ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Film Noir as Bad Dream: "Dark Streets" Director Rachel Samuels

    Rachel Samuels' third feature, "Dark Streets," is a film noir set against a 1930s story of booze, blues and jazz. Based on the play by Glenn Stewart, "Streets" follows nightclub owner Chaz Davenport (Gabriel Mann), whose life becomes complicated when he find a note sent by his recently deceased fath...

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    "He Didn't Bail, That's a Little Bit Unfair": "The Reader" Director Stephen Daldry

    Though literary works are catnip to filmmakers, it's always dicey to reinvent one for the screen. Witness "Revolutionary Road," which will send the unwary viewer reaching for the Welbutrin, despite the best efforts of Kate and Leo, reunited for first time since the boat went down. Trouble is, what often gets lost in the translation to screen is the element which can raise a dark book above merely depressing: language, a writer's capital. Of course, very occasionally a film adaptation can be better than the novel - the case with "The English Patient," which retained the original's powerfully haunting tone, while spelling out the novel's bur...

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    Yates' Revolutionary Road: Novel to Film

    The guy could write. The story of Revolutionary Road author Richard Yates, told in excruciating detail in Blake Bailey's 2003 A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, moves me, partly because he got so little encouragement, yet went back to writing every morning, hung over or n...

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    PARK CITY '09 | Ninety-Six Make Shorts Cut for Sundance's 2009 Edition

    With 46 U.S. short films selected from 3,267 submissions, the Sundance Film Festival's shorts roster was unveiled today for the 2009 event taking place January 15 - 25 in Park City, UT. In all, this year's shorts program includes 96 short films from 5,632 submissions from both Americana and internat...

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    HONOR ROLL '08 | "You Should Never Feel Successful": "Up the Yangtze" Director Yung Chang

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews and profiles of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses.

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    HONOR ROLL '08 | Viva La Revolution: Steven Soderbergh Rebels Again with "Che"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview -- which includes an exclusive video clip from "Che" -- is the latest in a daily December series featuring interviews and profiles of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses.

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