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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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    "Reilly" and "Oh" Bookend Eighth Provincetown International Film Festival

    The 2006 Provincetown International Film Festival will open its eighth edition June 14th, debuting with the east coast premiere of Barry Pottermann and Frank Anderson's doc about actor Charles Nelson Reilly, "The Life of Reilly," which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in March. PIFF will screen six...

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    Stars and Films Under the Stars Greet 2006 Maui Film Festival

    Three open air theaters and sixty American independent and world cinema offerings are on tap for the 2006 Maui Film Festival, taking place June 14 - 18 on the Hawaiian island. Patrick Creadon's doc "Wordplay" will be among the fest's opening night films, which will screen simultaneously at various l...

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    Nantucket Goes Political for 11th Edition

    The Nantucket Film Festival goes political for its 11th edition, kicking off June 14 with Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus' doc "Al Franken: God Spoke." The cinema verite feature, which had its world debut in March at the SXSW Film Festival, follows the liberal author/radio personality from his highly pu...

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    Production Report: "100 Films and a Funeral", "Bill", "Death Walks The Streets", "Friends (With Bene

    [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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    Frameline Turns 30 with "Puccini" and "Queens" and a Little XXX

    The look is Little Red Book, and the contents of the bright red catalogue with an "XXX" on the cover for the 30th edition of Frameline's San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival are meant to evoke the cultural revolution this particular festival helped to build beginning in 1976. At age 30, ho...

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    Eighth Annual CineVegas Fest To Spotlight Sex, Adultery and Drugs

    The CineVegas Film Festival has announced it will open its eighth edition with Paul Dinello's comedy, "Strangers With Candy," about an ex-con and junkie (played by Amy Sedaris) who returns to her hometown to try to start her life over. The film also stars Stephen Colbert and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The festival, which takes place at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theaters, runs June 9-17. The U.S. premiere of "Lies and Alibis," a drama-comedy directed by Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila, is slated for the closing night. The film is about an "ex-confidence man (Steve Coogan) who runs an alibi service for adulterous husbands and finds hims...

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