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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Operation Filmmaker" Director Nina Davenport

    After an award-winning run on the festival circuit, including the Documentary Award for AFI Fest and the KNF Award from the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Nina Davenport's "Operation Filmmaker is beginning a limited theatrical release this Friday, June 6. The film follows Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi man who appeared on MTV's "True Life" series explaining his dream of becoming a filmmaker. The episode caught the eye of actor-director Liev Schreiber, who hired Muthana to work on the set of his film "Everything is Illuminated." Davenport decided to film Muthana's experiences on set, which led to her personal entanglement in the situati...

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    6th Silver Docs Fest Offers 108 Films From 63 Countries

    The 6th annual SILVERDOCS documentary film festival announced its programming for its June 16-23, 2008 event, which takes place in Silver Spring, MD,. The festival will present 108 films representing 63 countries selected from 1,861 submissions with six world, eight North American, six U.S. and seve...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Bigger Stronger Faster*" Director Chris Bell

    After making an award winning short film just after graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Chris Bell makes his feature directorial debut with the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*." As one might imagine, the characteristics of the steroids subculture are imbedded in a few pieces of th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Tuya's Marriage" Director Wang Quanan

    Chinese director Wang Quanan's romantic drama "Tuya's Marriage" is set in Inner Mongolia about a hardworking and hardheaded desert herder who refuses to be settled in a town in accordance with the new industrialization policy. She is kept busy with two kids, a disabled husband and 100 sheep to care...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Reprise" Director Joachim Trier

    Combining pop whimsy with nuanced characters, Joachim Trier's "Reprise" constructs a simultaneously moving and satiric portrayal of two young struggling writers, Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner) and Phillip (Anders Danielson Lie), in Norway's chic modern professional scene. After a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and a similar response later that year at New Directors/New Films, "Reprise" remained without distribution until producer Scott Rudin, a fan of the film, pressured Miramax's Daniel Battsek to purchase it. Incessantly lively, filled with contemporary references, and containing a number of creative flourishes to help gi...

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    indieWIRE PRODUCTION REPORT | "Gigantic," "Peter and Vandy," "Phantomschmerz," "The Seminar with Rob

    [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 | "Bloodline" Director Bruce Burgess

    Documentarian Bruce Burgess has directed a series of conspiracy-oriented films over the past decades, from 1996's "Dreamland: Area 51" to 2002's "Bigfootville." In his first foray into theatrically released documentaries, Burgess (who usually hosts the films as well) takes on the so-called "bloodline conspiracy" that suggests that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, and that she had his child. Taking over three years to complete, the film is the first investigation into this conspiracy to bring forth new evidence in the form of both a mummified corpse bearing a red cross and a buried chest with artifacts dating back to Christ's days. indieWI...

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    NEWFEST '08 | 20th Anniversary Marked With 250 Films, New Additions

    The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival (NewFest) announced the program of films and events for its 20th annual edition. The line-up features nearly 250 films, representing over 30 countries, and including 49 New York Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres and 8 World Premieres. "Ea...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Battle for Haditha" Director Nick Broomfield

    As a documentarian, Nick Broomfield has dissected American pop culture with films like "Biggie & Tupac" and "Kurt & Courtney." With his more recent forays into narrative feature filmmaking, he has broadened his scope to include global issues. "Ghosts" explored the dark world of Chinese migrant workers in the UK, and his latest work, "Battle for Haditha," which opened at Film Forum earlier this week, recreates the infamous 2005 incident where U.S. marines murdered two dozen Iraqi civilians in a small village, driven by rage after encountering a roadside bomb. An attempt by the military to cover up the role of the American soldiers in the slaug...

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    CineVegas '08 | "Rocker," "Howard" and Debuts Crown 10th CineVegas Fest

    The world premiere of Peter Cattaneo's "The Rocker," starring Rainn Wilson as a failed drunmmer who joins his nephew's high school band, will open the 10th annual CineVegas Film Festival, taking place in Las Vegas June 12 - 21. Among this year's debuts are seven world premieres the festival has packaged in its "Jackpot Premieres" section (listed below) in addition to the festival's documentary section (including three world debuts), a sidebar on Mexican films and directors as well as high profile work that have been making the festival rounds and more. Closing the festival is Sean McGinly's "The Great Buck Howard," starring John Malkovich, Co...

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