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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Four Eyed Monsters" Wins The 2006 Sundance Channel Audience Award For The i

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Isabel Coixet, Director of "The Secret Life of Words"

    Spanish/Catalan director Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" (Vida secreta de las palabras) stars Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins, set on an isloated oil rig. Following an accident, a mysterious woman travels to the rig, which is staffed by an all-male crew, to care for an injured worker. After traveling to the isolated outpost, the solitary woman, who is trying to forget her past, begins caring for the man who was temporarily blinded. A strange intimacy develops between them, which is described as "a link full of secrets, truths, lies, humour and pain, from which neither emerge unscathed..." The film, which received a best actress nomina...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI: In the United Arab Emirates, Cultivating a First Generation of Filmmakers

    Chatting informally during one of the receptions earlier this week at the Dubai International Film Festival, an attendee noted that older generations in the Emirates frown upon filmmaking as a legitimate profession. A career in the movies is not seen as distinguished, according to the Emirati. In fact, just as in some other countries, a career in a such a creative field can seem shortsighted to older family members. Particularly in the United Arab Emirates where there is no tradition of local filmmaking. But as Dubai begins to lure production to its ambitious Studio City project, alongside the growth of its new film festival, it is inspiring ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Julian Hobbs, director of "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness"

    Director Julian Hobbs' narrative feature film debut "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" stars Jefferson Mays ("The Notorious Bettie Page," "Kinsey"), and based on the 1903 journal written by Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge who was incarcerated in an asylum under the watch of the obsessive Dr. Emil Flechsig. Schreber's insanity was characterized by startling delusions, all chronicled in his journal, including a belief that he directly communicated with God through a secret "nerve language," and a desire to transform himself into a woman. The film depicts the eccentric man's increasing descent into his alternate universe of supernatural powers...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI: At a Film Fest in Dubai, Asking the Question, 'What is Arab Cinema?'

    Much has been written about the city of Dubai and its intended status as a new global capital. Rapidly growing along the Arabian Sea, the mostly modern city has literally sprouted up over the past decade and become a growing force here in the Middle East. Paralleling the rise of this United Arab Emirates city is a film industry anchored here, in part via the development of the Dubai Studio City development, one of many vibrant zones emerging in Dubai's many new districts. Three years ago, organizers launched the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), an exceptionally well-funded new event, hoping to create a destination on the annual festi...

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    3rd Dubai Fest Set with "Bobby" Debut; Competition Showcases New Arab Cinema

    Now in its third year, the 2006 Dubai International Film Festival opened Sunday in the United Arab Emirates with Emilio Estevez's latest, "Bobby." The program for the event includes a mix of international titles from the West, alongside new Arabic titles from the Gulf States, as well as movies from ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Daniel Burman, director of "Family Law" (Derecho de familia)

    Argentine director Daniel Burman was born in Buenos Aires in 1973 and counts five features titles under his belt, including 2004's "El Abrazo partido" (Lost Embrace), which earned the best film prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. He also won the NHK Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival for "Every Stewardess Goes to Heaven." His latest film, "Derecho de familia" (Family Law), which screened this year at AFI Fest and the Chicago International Film Festival, centers around a father and son, both of whom practice law. The son has difficulty finding his own identity be...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "All Sun and Little White Flowers," "The Alphabet Killer," "Coming Soon," "The L

    [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: Arin Crumley and Susan Buice, Co-directors of "Four Eyed Monsters"

    Filmmakers Arin Crumley and Susan Buice's "Four Eyed Monsters" is a narrative feature about modern love and relationships starring the filmmakers, set in New York City. Told through video re-creations of key moments from their lives together, the film includes Buice and Crumley meeting via an online dating site and traces the development of their relationship. The film also features non-fiction elements and footage of couples in New York talking about their own relationships. "Four Eyed Monsters" first screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2005, and won accolades later that year at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. The film was r...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA | New DocAgora Considers Distribution and Digital Media at 1st Event

    The first annual DocAgora forum convened Thursday morning at theInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Conceived by organizers Peter Wintonick, Amit Breuer, Fleur Knopperts and Joan Morselt as a compact one-day conference on creating, funding and distributing docs in the age of digital ...

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