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    TRIBECA '06: Striking, Somber "United 93" Opens 5th TFF

    The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival opened on a strikingly somber note Tuesday night in Midtown Manhattan with the world premiere screening of Paul Greengrass' "United 93," a dramatization of the events surrounding the crash of the fourth hijacked flight on 9/11. Nearly 100 families of those who died tha...

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    TRIBECA '06: Making Sense of TFF's Market; Can the Fest Turn The Corner?

    Asked to offer a few long-term goals for the Tribeca Film Festival during the annual kick-off press conference in Lower Manhattan Monday, event co-founder Jane Rosenthal reminded attendees that the first TFF was planned in just a few short months leading up to its May 2002 debut. Lacking a history of long-range plans Rosenthal further considered the question, making a public plea for more downtown venues and finally added, "I hope that we will eventually evolve as a market." Industry expectations seem a bit higher for this year's event, given the large number of new films coming to the fest without distribution, even if a number of insiders c...

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    TRIBECA '06: Ever Expanding, Tribeca Fest Heads Uptown As It Hits Year Five

    When the Tribeca Film Festival launched five years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, it was just a five-day event offering about 75 feature films. Established to boost the injured Lower Manhattan neighborhood adjacent to the World Trade Center, the festival sold about 35,000 tickets and boosted income in the neighborhood. As has been widely discussed and debated in the days and weeks leading up to this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the event had grown tremendously. Tribeca '06 will include more than 170 feature films, with organizers predicting a screening attendance of 250,000 this year. The jump would be due in part to the fact that a majority ...

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    Asian American Films Spearhead VC Fest in LA

    L.A.'s VC FilmFest: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will screen a record number of feature films from Asian American filmmakers, organizers have announced. The 22nd edition of the festival, taking place May 4 - 11 will showcase 140 films, shorts and videos with 16 feature films from 18 A...

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    Classics Old and New Set to Screen Ebert's Overlooked Fest

    A mixture of old and new fare will again screen at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, slated for April 26 - 30 in Champaign, IL. George Cukor's 1964 classic, "My Fair Lady" will launch the event that will include 12 films curated by film critic Ebert, including Sundance 2006 favorites "Man Push Cart" and "Somebodies." Ramin Bahrani's "Man Push Cart" is the story of a Pakistani-born man who scrapes by a living by working as a vendor in a push-cart in the streets of Manhattan. The man, played by Pakistani-born Ahmad Razvi, was once a revered rock star in Pakistan, which creates an awkward situation for him when he's recognized by a fellow ...

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    Katrina, Class, Politics and A Few Filmmaking Legends in Spotlight at 9th Full Frame Doc Fest

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, organizers like to think of festival filmmakers as family. At the end of a busy weekend of movie watching last Sunday afternoon in Durham, NC, event founder and artistic director Nancy Buirski thanked attendees from the stage during the awards ceremony and BBQ lunch, congratulating all fest filmmakers and inviting them back to the event even if they don't have a film to show. Such warmth clearly works, because a number of doc directors made the trip to North Carolina just to hang out, see some movies, and support fellow filmmakers. A festival that embraces both emerging and established directors, t...

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    "An American Haunting" and "Aurora Borealis" To Bookend 37th Nashville Fest

    The Nashville Film Festival has announced that Courtney Solomon's "An American Haunting" will be the opening night for its 37th edition to run April 20-26. Solomon's film is adapted from the 1997 novel The Bell Witch: An American Haunting and is based on true events of a family haunting in Tennessee during the 1800s. Donald Sutherland stars as the head of the household and Sissy Spacek plays his fearful wife. This year's fest will showcase over 240 features, documentaries and shorts from 44 countries. James Burke's "Aurora Borealis," will close out the festival this year. The film also stars Donald Sutherland, this time as an ailing grandfath...

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    First Person: Jim Mckay - The Fate of AIVF and the Question of Community

    While I have cherished the AIVF for years and benefited from the organization and my participation in it greatly, I feel that it has, for quite awhile now, consistently failed to live up to its mission. This is not necessarily the fault, as I see it, of any recent Executive Directors, staff members,...

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    "Queens" Reigns at 8th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    The 2006 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has announced its eighth annual line up of galas, screenings, tributes and panels for its event taking place April 21 - 30. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Reinas (Queens) at the Gusman Center for the Performin...

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    Production Report: "All The World's A Stage," "Exhibit A," "If Ever I Cease To Love," "Stiffs," "Whe

    [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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