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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Heather MacDonald, director of "Been Rich All My Life"

    Director Heather MacDonald made a splash on the indie scene in 1995, winning the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival for her documentary "Ballot Measure 9" (tied with "Unzipped") about an anti-gay amendment proposed in 1992 in Oregon by a conservative group. Her latest film, "Been Rich All My Life," chronicles the story of a troupe of tap dancers, the Silver Belles, five former showgirls who danced at the Apollo and Cotton Club in the 1930s and '40s. The young women made history when they were the first to hold a strike by African American performers, walking out of the Apollo on a Saturday night. The women re-grouped in the mid-'80s...

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    "Dios" and "Quinceanera" Bookend 7th New York Latino Film Fest

    Sixty domestic and international titles are slated for this year's New York International Latino Film Festival, including director Carlos Bolado's "Solo Dios Sabe" (Only God Knows), which will open the event July 2th5 in Gotham. The 2006 Sundance world cinema feature stars Diego Luna ("Y Tu Mama Tam...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Opens Canada First! with "Fido" and to Screen Eight World Debuts

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has revealed details of its Canada First! line up, with Andrew Currie's zombie film "Fido" opening the section, which will spotlight nine feature films, with eight screening as world premieres, organizers announced Tuesday. Additionally the festival, taki...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Creators of "The Puffy Chair"

    "The Puffy Chair," made for a low five-figure budget, is the hilarious and poignant breakthrough feature for filmmaking brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass (Jay directed; Mark stars, writes and produces). After a few false starts with other films over the years, the Duplass Brothers began making a name for themselves with a string of successful short films, including "This is John" and "Scrapple" which each debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. In "The Puffy Chair," Mark Duplass stars as a failed rocker turned booking agent who is determined to drive across the country to deliver his dad's birthday gift -- a big purple Lazy Boy recliner he...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Edmond" director Stuart Gordon

    Starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles, director Stuart Gordon's ("Re-Animator") "Edmond" is the story of a successful businessman who abandons his wife and family after a fateful visit to a fortune-teller. Following her musings, he leaves on a voyage to New York's seedy underworld in a quest for...

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    Lincoln Center Set for Scanners: 15th NY Video Festival

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced details of the upcoming Scanners: The New York Video Festival, slated for July 26 - 30, and taking place conjunction with the Lincoln Center Festival 2006. This year's Scanners will take place in honor of Nam June Paik, a godfather of the medium who d...

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    Outfest Gears Up for 24th Edition and a Heavy Film/Party Line up

    Los Angeles is gearing up for another large festival with the opening of the 24th edition of Outfest in downtown LA Thursday night. Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will debut at the historic Orpheum Theatre with Maria Maggenti's Sundance 2006 romantic comedy "Puccini for Beginne...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Ira," "Abby," and "Mario" Win in Audience Prizes; Fest Salutes "Sunshine" and "Qu

    Boasting an attendance of more than 80,000 this year, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close Sunday night at the Wadsworth Theater in West Los Angeles. On its final night, celeb presenter Christina Applegate announced two feature audience awards -- the fest-goers chose "Ira & Abby," written by (and co-starring) Jennifer Westfeldt and directed by Robert Cary, as the winner of the narrative audience award. The film, a true crowd-pleaser here in L.A. this year, marks Westfeldt's return to the festival following the successful launch of her first feature "Kissing Jessica Stein" here five years ago. The feature about modern r...

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    Production Report: "Day Zero," "Gracie," "In the Footsteps of Orpheus," "Running Funny," "The Savage

    [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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    LA FILM FEST '06: Can Films Save The World? Talking "Chalk" and "Getting Down" In L.A.

    Asked to answer the title question during a Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat earlier this week -- Can Films Save The World? -- "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad said flatly, "no." Leading off the discussion by dismissing its concept altogether, the filmmaker added, "I didn't make the fil...

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