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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Finishing the Game" Director Justin Lin

    Director Justin Lin's "Finishing the Game" revolves around the unexpected death of Bruce Lee, a world-wide phenomenon and established movie star who passed away at the zenith of his popularity. Having already shot scenes for his upcoming movie, "Game of Death," studio heads decided to complete the film by launching a search for his replacement attracting hopefuls from all around the world. Finishing the Game" is an action-packed "re-imagining" of that casting process for Lee's replacement and examines the leaps and bounds Asians have taken in media representation...or have they? Lin received a Spirit Award nomination for "Better Luck Tomorrow...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "For the Bible Tells Me So" Director Daniel Karslake

    Director Daniel Karslake's doc "For the Bible Tells Me So" revolves around the stories of of five conservative Christian families and explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state. The film explores the confrontation between religion and homosexuality Through the experiences of five Christian American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and others. The Sundance '07 film has taken audience prizes in Seattle, Milwaukee and Outfest. First...

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    "My Kid Could Paint That" Director Amir Bar-Lev

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where the film premiered.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Desert Bayou" Director Alex LeMay

    Director Alex LeMay follows up 2004's "The Bulls of Suburbia" with "Desert Bayou," a compelling documentary that details 600 African-American Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are transported from New Orleans to a isolated military base in Utah without their knowledge. As he follows their stories, LeMa...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" Director AJ Schnack

    Director AJ Schnack's doc "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" is probably the closest thing to an autobiography by the former Nirvana lead singer as possible. The film draws upon a series of audiotaped conversations between Cobain and music writer Michael Azerrad over 1992 and 1993, recorded for Azerrad's bo...

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    DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK | A President Honors Kaurismaki; And Doing a Festival on the Casual

    Fans of Icelandic music were given a special treat at the Reykjavik International Film Festival launch last week as local band Sigur Ros' doc on their tour through the North Atlantic country last summer, "Heima" opened the fest to much fanfare Thursday night, attracting well over 1,000 people to the kick-off. Though internationally still up against stalwarts like San Sebastian and the New York Film Festival, Reykjavik has mustered a fantastic presence at home in addition to luring a very respectable crowd from overseas. "15,000 people will come out for this festival," one organizer boasted to indieWIRE Sunday afternoon, following a ceremony i...

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    DISPATCH FROM AUSTIN | Fantastic Fest Concludes With Spanish Influence and Paul Thomas Anderson

    In the final four days of Fantastic Fest 2007, American filmmakers captured the realistic horrors of our world, while Paul Thomas Anderson, two first-time directors from Spain primed to hit the big time, and the ultimate fanboy documentary wowed audiences. Genre festival programming doesn't tend usually to scream "documentary", so the popularity of Hasko Baumann's "Mobieus Redux: A Life in Pictures" was a little bit of a surprise, but a well deserved one. Baumann's doc tracks the life and work of French comic artist and author Jean Giraud, whose work is praised both on screen and off by greats like Stan Lee, Mike Mignola and Jim Lee. But it w...

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    NYFF '07 Critics Notebook 1 | Finding Jewels Amongst the Famously Selective

    (Many candy) apples and (a couple of sour) oranges: The 45th edition of the New York Film Festival, running September 28-October 16, is underway. Comparing movies is a drag, especially in a noncompetitive event, but the choices in this famously selective fest (28 "official" features on top of the si...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lust, Caution" Director Ang Lee

    There's no lack of buzz around "Lust, Caution," the latest provocation from Ang Lee. Though tepidly received by some Stateside reviewers, who found more caution than lust, it collected the Golden Lion in Venice (Lee's second in three years following "Brokeback Mountain"). "Lust" marks not only Lee's return to a Chinese-based milieu--with his trademark agility, he once again tackles a new genre, this time an erotic espionage thriller, with graphic sex scenes that won the film an NC-17 rating. No question, the film's steamy grappling might be hard to distinguish from pornography. But it could be argued those scenes play a crucial dramatic role-...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Angels in the Dust" Director Louise Hogarth

    Director Louise Hogarth follows up her controversial documentary "The Gift," which discussed gay men who purposely contracted HIV, with "Angels in the Dust." "Angels" tells the story of Marion Cloete, a woman who, along with husband and daughters, left Johannesburg to bring together the village and school of Boikarabelo, where most of "Angels" takes place. The Cloetes provide food, shelter and education for over 550 South African children, most of whom have been orphaned by AIDS or infected themselves. The film won the 2007 Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the 2007 Special Jury Prize ...

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