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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | Winners and Porno: IFP's Independent Film Week Defies the Economic Woes with $50

    The savviest independent filmmakers showing a wide variety of works-in-progress this week at IFP's Independent Film Week Conference understood the importance of pleasing their audiences. On countless panels and ongoing discussions around town, members of the industry lamented the current state of affairs with familiar anxiety, discouraged because the current glut of product hasn't made things any easier. But when Kevin Smith took the stage last Sunday to mark the fifteenth anniversary of his own journey to IFP with "Clerks," he insisted that filmmakers set on finishing their projects mainly need to focus on impressing anyone willing to invest...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | At IFP Conference, Snag Talks Dual Online/Hamptons Fest Premieres; Others Explor

    During an appearance at IFP's Independent Film Week Conference today, SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen revealed several plans to premiere new documentaries online. As SnagFilms' library continues to expand, the company will stream two documentaries in conjunction with screenings of both films at the Hampton...

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    DISPATCH FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD | In Its Third Year, Festival Grows Beyond Local Event

    As September begins, Martha's Vineyard breathes a sigh of relief after 100,000 summer visitors have left, and the island's population returns to 15,000 year-round residents. The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, in its third year, is meant for those who remain, as Co-Directors Richard Paradise and Nevette Previd are quick to point out. "This place is known for clambakes and pretty beach walks," says Previd, "but the idea is to offer something different for local people. What makes Martha's Vineyard so special is that it is a destination, but it's also a microcosm of the world." Paradise adds, "It's about community, bringing t...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 2

    EDITORS NOTE: Peter Broderick's look at the distribution concludes today at indieWIRE. While almost everyone seems to have an opinion about the state of the Old World of Distribution, the New World is much harder to assess. Although its population is growing rapidly and there are a number of boomtow...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | Pondering the Future at Independent Film Week: Festivals and Distribution

    Dedicated to the theme "Filmmaking 2.0," the first weekday of Independent Film Week '08 explored changes emerging in the film business at F.I.T. in New York City. Sundance's Geoff Gilmore spoke out about the state of festivals and imagined what such events might be like in a decade, while Rainbow Me...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 1

    Welcome to the New World of Distribution. Many filmmakers are emigrating from the Old World, where they have little chance of succeeding. They are attracted by unprecedented opportunities and the freedom to shape their own destiny. Life in the New World requires them to work harder, be more tenaciou...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Slumdog Millionaire" Takes People's Choice, "Hunger, "Lost Song" Among Other Winners

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was announced as the Cadillac People's Choice Award for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday afternoon in Toronto. First runner-up was Kristopher Belman's "More Than A Game" and the second runner-up was Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M."...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Loins of Punjab Presents" Director Manish Acharya

    Manish Acharya's directorial debut, "Loins of Pubjab Presents" follows a group of "would-be superstars" in a New Jersey-based, Bollywood-inspired "Desi Idol" singing competition, sponsored by local butcher company Loins of Punjab. The finalists competing for the $25,000 prize represent the South Asian diaspora through a "delightfully eclectic cross-section" of personalities. The #1 English language comedy ever to open in India, "Loins" has screened and garnered prizes at international film festivals including the First Run Film Festival, New York's 2007 South Asian International Film Festival, and the 2007 San Francisco International South As...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Hurt Locker" Explodes, "Zack and Miri," "Lymelife" and "Nowhere" Fin

    Thanks to pulse pounding action involving Iraq War soldiers responsible for disarming bombs; a cast of compelling young male leads and a gritty visual style that syncs perfectly with its desert wartime setting - "The Hurt Locker" reintroduces veteran director Kathryn Bigelow to audiences as a filmmaker at the top of her game and offers the first Iraq War movie with strong box office potential. Pairing Mark Boal's (co-writer on "In the Valley of Elah") pitch-perfect script and Bigelow's expertise at crafting action and suspense, "The Hurt Locker" shows strong chances at crossover business, drawing young teens with its action and art-house movi...

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