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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Big Talk and Even Bigger Crowds During Opening Days in Austin

    Big crowds and even a few heated panel discussions marked the opening weekend of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival here in warm Austin, TX. Film festival producer Matt Dentler told a full house crowd at the Paramount Theater Sunday night that the event is seeing attendance figures that are 50% h...

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    More Than 180 Films Set for 8th Thessaloniki Doc Fest

    A whopping 184 films are set to screen at this year's Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, opening tonight (Friday) in the northern Greek city. The 8th annual doc event, kicking off this evening with Simone Aaberg Kaern & Magnus Bejmar's "Smiling In A Warzone -- And the Art of Fl...

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    "Doug Atchison's "Akeelah and the Bee" to Open 30th Cleveland Fest

    The Cleveland International Film Festival, running March 16 - 26, announced that it will open its 30th edition with Doug Atchison's "Akeelah and the Bee. "Akeelah and the Bee" is the story of an 11-year-old girl named Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) who uses her gift for words to compete in spelling contests against the will of her mother Wanda (Angela Bassett). Akeelah is helped along her journey to secure a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by members of her community in South Los Angeles. Akeelah's courage and aptitude bring pride to her neighborhood, which unites to support her. Doug Atchison and Keke Palmer will be special guests...

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    "Kinky Boots," An Appropriate Kick-Off At Florida's 15th Annual Film Festival

    The Florida Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 15th edition, which will take place March 24-April 2 in Orlando. This year, the festival showcases 51 feature films and 91 shorts from 18 countries, which will be screened at the Enzian Theater. The festival kicks off with Julian Jarrold's "Kinky Boots." The film, which marks Jarold's feature directorial debut, is about a son who struggles to save his father's shoe factory after the sudden death of his father. The son receives help from an unlikely character, a cabaret singer named Lola, whose taste in high heels and business tactics bring the factory success when they produce spike...

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    Production Report: "Anamorph," "Jumping Off Bridges," "My Suicide," "In The Evening," "U.S. vs. John

    [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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    At a Young Missouri Doc Fest, Exploring The Balance Between True and False

    For the third year in a row, more than 50 documentary filmmakers, producers and their subjects converged upon a mid-Missouri college town for an intriguing young film festival aimed at embracing the changing face of documentary and cultivating an audience for the films. The True/False Film Festival ...

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    "Americanese," "Journey from the Fall" Bookend 24th San Francisco Asian American Fest

    The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 24th edition, to run March 16 through 26. One-hundred and twenty-six feature-length films, documentaries and shorts from around the world are set to screen in the Bay Area, making this festival North Americ...

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    RiverRun Film Festival Saddles "Bullrider" Kick Off

    Cowboy doc "Bullrider" will open the 2006 RiverRun International Film Festival March 16th in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring a line up of 25 feature films and 44 shorts from 22 countries. The feature, directed by Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury") follows the story of men who ride the professional bull ri...

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    True/False Film Fest Kicks Off Third Year with "Game," "Darryl Hunt"

    The True/False Film Festival, which showcases "nonfiction with strong narratives or invested with a social mission," will open its 2006 edition today (Thursday). The festival will run February through Sunday in Columbia, Missouri. The festival's 36 feature documentaries include opening night's "The ...

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    "Half Nelson" and "Maximo Oliveros" Lead Roster For 35th New Directors/New Films

    Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" and Philippine director Auraeus Solit's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros" will open the 35th New Directors/New Films series, presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art's Film and Media department. The two Sundance '06 titles are...

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