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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Dito Montiel, director of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"

    Dito Montiel directed "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," which screened in the Independent Film Competition: Dramatic section at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest and Rosario Dawson, is based upon his memoir of the same name, about a boy growing up in a tough New York neighborhood and the people he left behind after moving to Los Angeles. After a return home, he finds friends on a downward spiral or even dead, and begins to believe he has been saved from their fate by figures he recognizes as his "saints." Montiel participated in both the Sundance Screenwrite...

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    "Brothers of the Head" to Open Music-filled Raindance Fest

    Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's debut feature "Brothers of the Head" will have its London premiere at the 14th Raindance Film Festival, opening the event, which will screen 80 feature-length and 150 short films September 27 - October 8. Music will feature heavily in the festival's line up. "Brothers"...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Rachman, director of "American Hardcore"

    Veteran filmmaker Paul Rachman has returned to his film music roots with his latest work, 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc, "American Hardcore." Based on the book by Steven Blush ("American Hardcore: A Tribal History"), the film takes a look back at the flourishing punk scene of the early 1980s in the U.S. and Canada. The kids and bands, such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat, took part in a diffused social movement that was a reaction to the prevailing Reagan-era conservatism and conformity of the day. Music from the era helped spawn such later bands as Nirvana, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which, arguably, may not have ga...

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    DISPATCH FROM IFP MARKET '06: Heavy Hitters and Newcomers Alike Consider Niche Riches at Filmmaker C

    In Chris Anderson's popular new book The Long Tail, about "the new economics of culture and commerce," the Wired magazine editor-in-chief explores, "Why the future of business is selling less of more." That is, how a number of businesses that make their money selling culture (music, movies, books) m...

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    "Infamous" & "Days", Along With "Shut Up" Bookend 2006 Woodstock Film Fest

    Seven world, two North American, seven U.S., nine East Coast and 15 New York debuts are among this year's line up for the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival, taking place in the famed Catskills, New York town and surrounding areas October 11 - 15. Douglas McGrath's "Infamous" will kick-off the fest in Woodstock, while Rachid Bouchard's "Days of Glory" will open the event in Rhinebeck, NY. The French film is the story of some of the 130,000 young North Africans who, though having never stepped foot on French soil, enlisted in the French Army during World War II to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These forgotten soldiers won battles i...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: "Bella" Shines With Audience Prize; Fest Anticipates 40 U.S. Deals from

    While some industry insiders bemoaned the lack of deal-making midway through the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers at the festival are confident that when all is said and done the event will see a record number of acquisitions of new films by U.S. distributors. Toronto festival co...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Waters and JCM Talk Sex; The Dixie Chicks Talk Back

    The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival wrap ups this weekend, with an awards presentation and final screenings. 27,747 minutes of movies will have screened by fest's end, in front of some 305,000 admissions. Among the highlights of the week was an on-stage conversation between filmmakers John ...

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    TORONTO '06: From Lennon to Cobain, Music Docs Rock Toronto

    This year's Toronto International Film Festival features several standout music documentaries covering vastly different themes - from Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" to Jerome Laperrousaz's "Made in Jamaica." Among the most buzzed about music docs were AJ Schnack'...

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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Verhoeven and Jia Offer Fest Surprises, Sarah Polley Shines

    Wednesday is technically the three-quarter-mark at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it might as well be its final hours. As of Thursday, most industry folks and critics have already hopped on planes back home, while those that haven't wish that they had. And pronouncements about the fest...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Joachim Trier: "We wanted to make a film that combined drama and co

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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