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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Day Night Day Night" director Julia Loktev

    Suicide bomber as a tourist? Or a tourist as a suicide bomber? Julia Loktev's artful and haunting feature "Day Night Day Night" sharpens its focus by refusing to take a side. The film follows an anonymous girl (Luisa Williams) as she's loaded with a backpack of explosives, and her suspenseful wal...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Brand Upon the Brain!" Director Guy Maddin

    Canadian director Guy Maddin has had an illustrious career in not only directing but also writing, cinematography, editing and even acting. 2003's "The Saddest Music in the World" won a slew of festival recognitions as did "The Heart of the World" (2000). His latest release, "Brand Upon the Brain!" follows the story of a mother who "tracks her son's every move, bellowing for him to come home over the 'Aerophone' just as something interesting is about to happen. The intrigue continues as deranged mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and sinister scientist-father who is sequestered night and day in his basement laboratory, engage in diabolic...

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    TRIBECA '07 | 10 Films To Watch from the 6th Tribeca Film Festival

    With more than 150 features, some have criticized the 6th Tribeca Film Festival for offering a roster that is too eclectic and of mixed quality. But, by the end of the lengthy fest, a number of top-notch new movies had risen to the top despite the daunting lineup of screenings spread all around town...

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    TRIBECA '07 | Midnight films surprise, satisfy, and suck (blood)

    Despite undergoing much scrutiny this year for changes to structure, pricing, locations and programming, the Tribeca Film Festival seems to have beefed up their Midnight and genre selections for the year, leaping miles ahead of the 2006 content. Ranging from some of the year's most creative and original, darker work like Gyorgy Palfi's grotesquely beautiful "Taxidermia" and Ha Yoo's perfectly layered gangster mini-epic "A Dirty Carnival" (both so strong that Tribeca elevated them to the Showcase section of the festival) to the more dramatic, less shocking side of midnight like Teng Huatao's composed ghost love story "The Matrimony", the genre...

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    TRIBECA '07 | Volach's "Father" Wins Top Tribeca Prize; Gibney's "Taxi" Wins Doc Award

    David Volach's "My Father My Lord" (Hofshat Kaits) won the Founders Award for best narrative feature (including a $50,000 cash award) and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Darkside" won the prize for best documentary feature (including $25,000 cash) at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Organizers presented t...

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    DISPATCH FROM SAN FRANCISCO | George Lucas, Robin Williams, and More Honored as SF Int'l Fest Celebr

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the San Francisco International Film Festival welcomed about 600 of the city's well-heeled residents to the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square last night for the annual Film Society Awards night. Hollywood glitterati also made their way in for the big party, i...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Away From Her" Director Sarah Polley

    Actor/director Sarah Polley has won accolades both at home in Canada and around the world for her roles in "My Life Without Me," "Lantern Hill," "Go," and "The Sweet Hereafter" among many others. Her latest directing venture, "Away From Her" starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Gordon Pinsent and Kristen Thomson has also garnered festival praise, including at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered last September and at the Sedona Film Festival Stateside where it won the "Excellence in Filmmaking" award. The drama centers on Grant and Fiona, a couple who have been married for decades with a closeness that's unmistakab...

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    SF INT'L '07 | Picturing Politics at SFIFF50

    A shot in veteran filmmaker Jon Else's documentary "Wonders Are Many" -- a behind the scenes look at composer John Adams and director-librettist Peter Sellars' opera Doctor Atomic -- makes visual reference to Picasso's "Guernica" as apt shorthand for art's awesome charge to speak for the voiceless in the age of total war and total exploitation. For an opera about the Manhattan Project and the birth of the atomic age, the Picasso quote is fitting enough. But Else's documentary, which screens this year as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, not only broaches pressing questions about art's role in a time of threat and cri...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT: "Antigravity", "Midnight Meat Train", "Orgies and the Meaning of Life", "Sunshine

    [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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" director Bruce Leddy

    Bruce Leddy's debut feature, "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace", could be described as the a cappella version of "The Big Chill." The ensemble comedy is about a male a capella group that reunites years later for a long, lost weekend of rehearsal before performing at their friend's wedding. The ...

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