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    DISPATCH FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD | In Its Third Year, Festival Grows Beyond Local Event

    As September begins, Martha's Vineyard breathes a sigh of relief after 100,000 summer visitors have left, and the island's population returns to 15,000 year-round residents. The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, in its third year, is meant for those who remain, as Co-Directors Richard Paradise and Nevette Previd are quick to point out. "This place is known for clambakes and pretty beach walks," says Previd, "but the idea is to offer something different for local people. What makes Martha's Vineyard so special is that it is a destination, but it's also a microcosm of the world." Paradise adds, "It's about community, bringing t...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 2

    EDITORS NOTE: Peter Broderick's look at the distribution concludes today at indieWIRE. While almost everyone seems to have an opinion about the state of the Old World of Distribution, the New World is much harder to assess. Although its population is growing rapidly and there are a number of boomtow...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYC | Pondering the Future at Independent Film Week: Festivals and Distribution

    Dedicated to the theme "Filmmaking 2.0," the first weekday of Independent Film Week '08 explored changes emerging in the film business at F.I.T. in New York City. Sundance's Geoff Gilmore spoke out about the state of festivals and imagined what such events might be like in a decade, while Rainbow Me...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 1

    Welcome to the New World of Distribution. Many filmmakers are emigrating from the Old World, where they have little chance of succeeding. They are attracted by unprecedented opportunities and the freedom to shape their own destiny. Life in the New World requires them to work harder, be more tenaciou...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Slumdog Millionaire" Takes People's Choice, "Hunger, "Lost Song" Among Other Winners

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was announced as the Cadillac People's Choice Award for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday afternoon in Toronto. First runner-up was Kristopher Belman's "More Than A Game" and the second runner-up was Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M."...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Loins of Punjab Presents" Director Manish Acharya

    Manish Acharya's directorial debut, "Loins of Pubjab Presents" follows a group of "would-be superstars" in a New Jersey-based, Bollywood-inspired "Desi Idol" singing competition, sponsored by local butcher company Loins of Punjab. The finalists competing for the $25,000 prize represent the South Asian diaspora through a "delightfully eclectic cross-section" of personalities. The #1 English language comedy ever to open in India, "Loins" has screened and garnered prizes at international film festivals including the First Run Film Festival, New York's 2007 South Asian International Film Festival, and the 2007 San Francisco International South As...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Hurt Locker" Explodes, "Zack and Miri," "Lymelife" and "Nowhere" Fin

    Thanks to pulse pounding action involving Iraq War soldiers responsible for disarming bombs; a cast of compelling young male leads and a gritty visual style that syncs perfectly with its desert wartime setting - "The Hurt Locker" reintroduces veteran director Kathryn Bigelow to audiences as a filmmaker at the top of her game and offers the first Iraq War movie with strong box office potential. Pairing Mark Boal's (co-writer on "In the Valley of Elah") pitch-perfect script and Bigelow's expertise at crafting action and suspense, "The Hurt Locker" shows strong chances at crossover business, drawing young teens with its action and art-house movi...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | "Paris," "Valentino," "Gigantic" and "Lymelife" Among Toronto Offerings

    The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival is winding down. With just two days left before the Closing Night Gala and the announcement of the awards, many industry folk have begun to head out. But there remains much to discuss, as the last few days was obviously marked with a large amount of wort...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Biz Buzz: Celebrating "Che" and Pondering The Marketplace

    "This generation's 'Lawrence of Arabia'" is how IFC Films and those involved with Steven Soderbergh's "Che," are talking about the epic film(s) about Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara that IFC acquired here at the Toronto International Film Festival. A unique December release, in time to qualify the film for Oscar consideration, will roll out as an event on both coasts that will likely include public appearances by Soderbergh, lead Benicio Del Toro and others at the Zeigfeld Theater in New York City and also in Los Angeles. "To say we are thrilled...that is an over used word," company president Jonathan Sehring told indieWIRE...

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