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    Holofcener's "Friends" To Open Sundance; Fest's Premieres Lineup Unveiled

    Nicole Holofcener's "Friends With Money" will open the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19th in Park City, UT. The festival's closing film will be Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog." Sundance organizers made the announcement today, also unveiling the roster of high-profile, often star-driven, titles...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week takes an inside look at how the country's Israeli Defense Force, with 40,000 troops, evicted 8,000 settlers from their homes, but maintained a pledge that no Jewish blood would be shed in the process. U.S. cable networks beamed sensational and emotional images live to the States as t...

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    Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

    Making the second of four program announcements, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the rosters for the Spectrum, Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections. The new Spectrum section, renamed from the former 'American Spectrum' section, will now include both American and international titles. As ...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Talking Distribution and Sundance During an Industry Session in Amsterdam

    The pending announcement of Sundance's competition lineup weighed heavy on the minds of some attendees at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Monday night local time as a sizeable group of people sat in wooden bleachers in a community center near festival's headquarters for a panel on documentary distribution moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. Americans and European insiders including Bjorn Koll from Salzberger/Cinema Net Europe in Germany, Jan Rofekamp from Films Transit, Stan Van Engelen from VPRO/Holland Doc here in Amsterdam, producer Bart Simpson ("The Corporation"), and Diane Weyermann from Participant Produc...

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    Sundance Unveils Competition Lineups for '06 Fest; 84 World Premieres To Screen At Upcoming Event

    Sixty-four feature films will screen in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, in four sections, festival organizers have announced. The competition is the heart of the United States' leading film festival, which this year will screen 120 features from January 19 - 29, 2006. Organizers sele...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Celebrating Democracy and Rebellion With "Sisters in Law", and More

    The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) opened its 18th edition on Thursday evening here in Amsterdam amidst an Arctic blast from the North Sea that sent shivers through the canal city, nevertheless, crowds turned up for the start of the event -- one of the world's leading, and large...

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    Dispatch from Brazil: Mix Brasil Celebrates Record Attendance With Innovative Programming

    It is one of Brazil's greatest contradictions that a deeply religious country is also one of the most sexually liberal societies in the developing world. Despite the influence of Catholicism and other fastly growing religions (Brazil is home to the world's largest number of Catholics), sexual minorities have a visibility in Brazil that makes it an anomaly among Latin countries. In such a unique context, the growing success of the Mix Brasil Film and Video Festival of Sexual Diversity - which celebrated its 13th year with record attendance in Sao Paulo from November 10-20 (and will tour abridged programs to Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia) - is an...

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    Starz Denver International Film Festival: A Best-Kept Secret No Longer

    Starting with a lineup of films expertly curated by co-founder and artistic director Ron Henderson and program director Brit Withey, this year's 28th Starz Denver International Film Festival was a rare jewel in the film festival world: a well-organized large fest in a large city that treated filmmakers and guests with courtesy and respect. The fest was bookended by screenings of two much-heralded December releases: Roger Donaldson's "The World's Fastest Indian" opened the fest while Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" closed the event. Interestingly, both films will be released in some theaters on December 9th. Accompanying "Indian" to Denver was ...

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    International Line Up and Guests Spotlighted at 49th Thessaloniki Film Fest

    The 49th International Thessaloniki Film Festival kicked off Friday, November 18, in Athens, Greece. This year, 254 films will screen during this 10-day event, which closes November 27. The opening night film was "Hell," directed by Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land") about three sisters (Emmanuelle Bea...

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    More Than Feminism and Chick Flicks, High Falls Film Festival Spotlights Women in Film

    As the home of suffragette Susan B. Anthony and headquarters for film company Eastman Kodak, it was only a matter of time before the two ideas came together to beget the High Falls Film Festival. Set upstate in Rochester, New York, the five year old festival is a celebration of women in film.

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