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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Never mind the Economy and Fickle Tastes, IDFA Carries Forward

    During a party last night hosted by various film sales companies attending the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) a group of attendees commented that the festival seems to have regained its footing after the event's move to new venues near Rembrandtplein in the center of the ci...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Greenaway Examines Just One Rembrandt Painting; Fathers & Kids, and More f

    We live in a text-based society, argues director Peter Greenaway, early in his latest film, "Rembrandt's J'Accuse," a fascinating new documentary that was showcased this weekend at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The fact that we are taught from an early age how to read words,...

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    iW INSIDER | Eugene Hernandez: Rooted in Reality at IDFA; 10 Years Later, 12 Docs to Watch

    Sitting here in Amsterdam on a snowy Sunday afternoon for the 21st IDFA, I'm taking a second stab at what I hope will be a regular column offering an inside take on films, festivals, and the industry. Last week, I explored the intersection of the indie film community and the fight for marriage equal...

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    DISPATCH FROM GREECE | Turkey, Argentina and the U.S. Share Thessaloniki Spotlight; Iran's "Aan Ja"

    At the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in the cosmopolitan second city of Greece, the staggering number of screenings and events requires daily sprints along the waterfront promenade between the Olympion Complex in the square, and festival venues on the pier. A spotlight shines o...

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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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