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    "Bee Season" and The Weather Man" Bookend 13th Hamptons Fest

    The Hamptons International Film Festival announced details of its 13th edition Wednesday evening during an event at the Sony building in Midtown Manhattan. The fest, which will run October 19 – 23 on the east end of Long Island, New York, will include 27 world premieres, 23 U.S. premieres, fou...

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    Critics Notebook: Exploring Heaven & Hell At the Toronto Festival

    Much has been inked about Ang Lee’s breathtaking "Brokeback Mountain" and Bennett Miller’s insightful "Capote" (the latter movie’s strength emerging from its fine performances rather than great directorial skill). Like many highly anticipated films, both front-ended Toronto, but they did more. Their protagonists set the tone for a recurring theme that ran throughout many of the fest’s most provocative offerings. They reside in some hell- or heaven-like place, sometimes both at the same time. Their position is more often than not of their own making. In "Brokeback Mountain," Heath Ledger’s macho, emotionally chall...

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    IFP Market Shifts in '05, Highlighting Meetings Over Screenings

    The IFP Market, now branded as the industry side of the larger Independent Film Week in New York City, will kick off tomorrow in Manhattan (followed Monday by a premiere screening party for Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives"). The revamped event is running through September 22nd with a heavy focus on documentaries and a change in how narrative projects are presented. Just as the Independent Feature Project has evolved in recent years, seeing the Los Angeles chapter of the indie filmmaking group split from the national association this year, the venerable IFP Market has changed significantly. The event, a staple of the fall season once known as the...

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    Fest Dispatch: Young Americans in Toronto; from Canada to India, New York to Los Angeles

    Those living in the United States often forget that “America” encompasses a much wider swath of territory than the 50 states. There’s Canada, of course. And even in certain parts of India the residents call themselves “American.” For powerful evidence, see Ashim Ahluwalla’s “John & Jane,” one of the most fascinating discoveries at this year’s festival. An observational documentary about 1-800-call workers in Bombay, “John and Jane” exposes the insidious reach of the so-called American Dream, as experienced by six phone agents who peddle odd products and services to callers ...

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    Fest Dispatch: Toronto Comes Out, with Gays, Terrorists and Historical Injustice

    Only four days into the Toronto International Film Festival and losers and winners have already been declared, trends have been spotted, and the perennial complaining about the pre-screening official trailers has reached a fever pitch. This year's "turn off your cell phone" spot, directed by student...

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    On the Edge: Lodge Kerrigan Talks Collapse and Chance in "Keane"

    With his latest picture "Keane," Lodge Kerrigan reaffirms the maverick mantle he established over ten years ago with his 1994 debut "Clean, Shaven." As unnerving and concise as his celebrated bow, "Keane" is also a more full-bodied and emotionally harrowing expression of Kerrigan's talents. Starring British actor Damian Lewis (in a riveting performance) as the title character William Keane, the film stalks its protagonist -- as he reels from the abduction of his young daughter -- with the tightly observed, hand-held camerawork reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers ("Rosetta," "The Son"). A visceral exercise in post-9-11 anguish, a bravura use ...

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    Making A Family Sex Comedy: A Conversation with Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau

    For several years, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have been writing and directing distinctive films that take a sunny disposition on what are generally serious issues. Their first collaboration, "The Adventures of Felix," is about a gay man who leaves his lover to find a makeshift family on ...

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    Production Report: "Angst", "The Big Bad Swim", "Find Love", "Full Grown Men", "Warriors"

    [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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    A Particularly Literary Lineup On Tap for Telluride's Annual Labor Day Fest

    A slate of anticipated new films will again screen for a select group of industry insiders and movie aficionados this Labor Day weekend when the Telluride Film Festival kicks off its annual event in the small Colorado mountain town tomorrow (Friday). In a conversation with indieWIRE, festival co-fou...

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    Slate Set for Woodstock Fest; Event To Launch With "Winter" and "Shoes"

    The Woodstock Film Festival announced today more than 150 films have been selected to screen at this year's four-day event. The roster of films includes 9 world, 12 U.S., 4 east coast and 24 New York premieres. Simultaneous screenings of Adam Rapp's "Winter Passing" and Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Sh...

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