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    DISPATCH FROM TRIBECA | Mexico, France and Africa In Focus on Tribeca Fest's First Weekend

    Alternating days of sun and rain greeted the first weekend of the 6th Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan and whether it was the fluctuating weather conditions or the significantly higher prices, the festival's advance ticket sales were down, according to a number sources (and organizers recently sla...

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    PEOPLE: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

    [This interview first appeared in indieWIRE's sister publication covering film in the Bay Area, SF360. For additional coverage of the San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the SF360 website.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Diggers" Director Katherine Dieckmann

    Director Katherine Dieckmann's "Diggers" starring Lauren Ambrose, Josh Hamilton and Paul Rudd is set on Long Island, NY on the cusp of the Ford-Carter U.S. presidential election. Though ads in the local bar talk about a "change coming over America," the local clam diggers are more worried about losi...

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    SF INT'L '07 | San Francisco Fest Brings Out the Films and Big Names for 50th Anniversary

    [San Francisco film critic Dennis Harvey gives his take on the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens Thursday. The article first appeared in our sister publication, SF360. Visit SF360" for additional coverage from the 50th SFIFF.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Zoo" Director Robinson Devor and Writer Charles Mudede

    Director Robinson Devor's doc "Zoo" delves into an incident that rampaged through the Internet and tabloids alike. In July, 2005, a man was taken to a hospital, dying from a perforated colon. The cause? Having sex with a horse. According to a Sundance Film Festival description, where the film premiered in January, "although the incident made headlines, 'Zoo' is the complete antithesis of what you expect." The film is not "graphic" or "exploitative." Most of it takes the form of recreations, but from the point of view of the men... Devor won a special jury prize in 2000 at the Florida Film Festival for "The Woman Chaser" as well as the audienc...

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    SF INT'L '07 | Looking Back at 50 Years of San Francisco International Film Festival History--And Go

    [Editor's note: SF360.org, where this article first appeared, is copublished by the SF Film Society and indieWIRE. B. Ruby Rich gave the 2004 State of Cinema address to the SF International Film Festival. Visit SF360 for additional coverage of the 50th SFIFF.]

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    TRIBECA '07 DISPATCH | Tribeca Fest Thinks Globally With Gore and Climate Crisis in Opening Night Sp

    Famously launched in the wake of 9/11 to boost business in Lower Manhattan, six years later the Tribeca Film Festival has clearly turned a corner with its sights set on bigger issues and a larger spotlight. The event has grown considerably in recent years and even ruffled a few feathers along the way among rival events resentful of its swagger. Sensitive to the criticism, festival insiders point to the large industry presence and big crowds the festival draws and they also reiterate that the event will always have Tribeca at its core even as it grows. The shift at the Tribeca Film Festival has become more and more apparent to fest watchers of...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Stephanie Daley" Writer/Director Hilary Brougher

    Writer/director Hilary Brougher's drama "Stephanie Daley" centers on 16 year-old who is accused of murdering her newborn. Stephanie (Amber Tamblyn) claims she never knew she was pregnant and that the child was stillborn. Meanwhile, a forensic psychologist, Lydie Crane (Tilda Swinton) is hired to determine the truth behind Stephanie's continuing state of denial. Lydie, however, is pregnant herself and also graplling with her shaky marriage as well as a growing intuition that something may be going wrong with her own pregnancy. "Stephanie Daley" has won several festival awards, including best director at the Jackson Hold Film Festival as well a...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Syndromes and a Century" writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a Thai filmmaker who works well outside his country's studio system, is well known to Cannes audiences. "Tropical Malady" won a jury prize in 1994 while "Blissfully Yours" took the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program in 2003. His latest film, "Syndromes and a Cent...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Year of the Dog" Writer/Director Mike White

    Writer/director Mike White's drama "Year of the Dog" centers on happy-go-lucky secretary Peggy who lives with her beloved dog. Pencil, however, unexpectedly dies and Peggy must embark on a journey of personal transformation... White is a veteran actor, writer and producer, winning best screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 for "The Good Girl." He also won a Spirit Award for "Chuck & Buck" in 2001 for Best Feature for under $500,000 (shared with director Miguel Arteta and producer Matthew Greenfield), and also won the Best Male Performance prize for "Chuck & Buck" at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival. "Year of the Dog" is White's ...

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