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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "How To Cook Your Life" Director Doris Dorrie

    Doris Dorrie, the German director behind 2000's sibling dramedy "Enlightenment Guaranteed" and 2002's acclaimed "Naked," has returned with her latest release, "How To Cook Your Life." "Life," an ode to taking care of yourself, follows Edward Espe Brown, a Zen priest, cook and bestselling author. It ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Smiley Face" Director Gregg Araki

    Casually chatting with indieWIRE back at Sundance in January, hours before his latest feature "Smiley Face" would screen for the first time, filmmaker Gregg Araki warned that the film is a departure from his acclaimed previous feature, "Mysterious Skin." After watching it in Park City, we referred to the stoner comedy ias a bit of a "creative palette cleanser" that is simply a lot of fun. Anna Faris shines in the day in the life story of an aspiring actress who has a crazy day after consuming a dozen pot-filled cupcakes. Despite a stellar fest run that has seen the film hit Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, SXSW, and L.A.'s recent AFI Fest, the film...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and the malls open earlier, the film argues that there's something greater that is being lost. Performance activist Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are on a mission to save Christmas from the "Shopocalypse." Backed by his Gospel Choir, the Reverend travels coast to coast to address the shopping addictions. The Church saves souls through...

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    DISPATCH FROM NEW YORK | Iberoamerica: That's the Way We Are

    At the beginning of November Mexico, Brazil, and, to a lesser extent, Spain and Portugal celebrated the Day of the Dead, a festive holiday whose symbol is a human skull. These cultures do not deny the finality of it all as do we North Americans, who mummify our decaying faces and bodies while we are still alive rather than in preparation for an afterlife. So it is absolutely natural that death, whether treated as comedy, tragedy, or simply generically, is a major presence in the cinema of Spain and Portugal and their former colonies in Latin America. The narratives and documentaries might be character or politically-driven, but they rarely st...

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    iW PROFILE | "Southland Tales" Director Richard Kelly

    A boxer/action star suffering from amnesia who is pushing a screenplay about the end of the world. An entrepreneurial porn star with her own talk show, energy drink, and a pop song called "Teen Horniness is Not Crime." A police officer with doppelganger issues who is caught up in a conspiracy with a neo-Marxist group. A disfigured Gulf War veteran/drug addict who serves as the "Southland Tales" narrator and in a drug addled state imagines himself in a musical number performing a song by The Killers. All of these elements (and more, way more) make up Richard Kelly's new film "Southland Tales," which is finally hitting the big screen on Novembe...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "In Search Of," "Objects," "Plague Town," "Red Dot," and "World"

    [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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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Herzog, Docs and Truth at AFI Fest

    It should surprise no one that Werner Herzog's new film about Antartica, "Encounters at the End of the World," is the antithesis of the most successful documentary releases in recent years, "March of the Penguins" and "An Inconvenient Truth." Talking about filmmaking and his latest project during an AFI Fest conversation earlier this week in Los Angeles, Herzog noted that he didn't want to make a film on "fluffy penguins" and he wasn't trying to make a movie overtly about the climate crisis, later adding that however effective the film, "An Inconvient Truth" is actually a slideshow. His remarks effectively challenged the large audience to rec...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Steal a Pencil for Me" Director Michele Ohayon

    Love survives the Holocaust in doc "Steal a Pencil for Me" from Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon ("Colors Straight Up"). An unhappily married couple is imprisoned at a concentration camp in 1943, and they are surprised by the arrival of the man's mistress at the same camp. Years earlier in Amsterdam, Jack, an unassuming accountant, first meets Ina at a birthday party, a 20-year-old beauty from a wealthy diamond manufacturing family who instantly steals his heart. But Jack's pursuit of love will be complicated; he is poor and married to Manja, a flirtatious and mercurial spouse. When Jack's wife objects to the "girlfriend" in spite of thei...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "War/Dance" Co-directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

    Directing duo Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's doc "War/Dance" is set against the backdrop of Uganda's 20 year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army. The Sundance '07 film tells the story of Dominic, Rose, Nancy and their school in the Patongo Internally Displ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fat Girls" Director Ash Christian

    Actor/director Ash Christian's "Fat Girls" center on Rodney (Christian) and his Rubenesque friend Sabrina (Ashley Fink) are valiantly suffering through the indignity known as high school. Both are outcasts; he's gay and she's overweight. Trapped in a small Texas town and having come to accept his "fat girl" within, Rodney is an aspiring Broadway star who musters up the energy to confront his fears and take life -- and the hot new student from England -- by the horns. "Fat Girls" won best feature at the North Carolina, Birmingham and Indianapolis gay fests as well as the "Coup de Coeur" at the Image + Nation Montreal gay fest. Regent Releasing...

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