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    Locarno 59 Goes Leaner; Introduces "Filmmakers of the Present" Competition

    Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" is on tap to usher in the 59th International Film Festival Locarno, taking place in the picturesque lakeside Swiss town August 2 - 12. The festival, one of the oldest in the world, will fete 25% fewer films this year, screening 170 titles compared with 250 in 2005, though Locarno is introducing its new "Filmmakers of the Present Competition," which will fete "innovative" work. Special honorees this year include Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov ("The Lonely Human Voice," 1987) who will receive the event's Leopard of Honor prize, while actor Willem Dafoe will be this year's recipient of the Locarno Excellence Awar...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Co-Directors of "Quinceanera"

    Made for just $400,000 in the filmmakers' own Los Angeles neighborhood, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera" stars a newcomer cast. The film, its title taken from the traditional Latino ritual of elaborately celebrating a young woman's fifteenth birthday, is the coming-of-age story ...

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    Music, Humor, War and Personal Struggle Among 22 Docs Unveiled for Toronto Fest

    The Toronto International Film Festival revealed 22 additional documentary films that will join five previously announced titles in the Real to Reel section at the 31st annual event. Thirteen films will screen as world premieres, while three each are international, North American and Canadian premieres. Docs making their world premiere in this year's Toronto fest, taking place September 7 - 16, include AJ Schnack's "Kurt Cobain About a Son" (US), Asger Leth's "Ghosts of Cite Soleil" (Denmark/Haiti/US), Macky Alston's "The Killer Within" (US), Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's "The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" (Germany/US)...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Gela Babluani, director of "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time director Gela Babluani has made quite a splash in the festival circuit with his thriller, "13 (Tzameti)." The film, starring his brother, George Babluani, took the world cinema - dramatic prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as well as prizes last year in Venice and his native Georgia...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Keith Fulton, Co-Director of "Brothers of the Head"

    "Lost in La Mancha" directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's "Brothers of the Head" first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September (where IFC Films acquired the title), and then made its way to the Berlinale in February. The film is the story of conjoined twins who were taken from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their "freakishness" and spit it bacck in teh form of searing punk rock, and an unsettling glimpse into a relationship that is both beautiful and destructive. Written by Tony Grisoni ("Fea...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Aaron Russo, director of "America: Freedom to Fascism"

    Director Aaron Russo's doc "America: Freedom to Fascism" takes on the IRS, the Federal Reserve and other organizations that the film claims "have abridged the freedoms of Americans via money creation, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May, 2008)." Through interviews, the film connects the dots on an alleged systematic erosion of civil liberties in America. Russo is probably best known for serving as producer of the 1979 film, "The Rose," directed by Mark Rydell and starring Bette Midler. In this short correspondence with iW, Russo touches on a "rumor" that eventually prompted him to make this film. Cinema Libre wil...

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    Back to the Garden: 30 Years Later, Albert Maysles Revisits a Classic

    This article was originally published in 2006.

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    Britdoc Set for Inaugural U.K. Film Fest

    Twenty feature films are in the lineup for the inaugural Britdoc festival kicking off this week in Oxford, England in the British university town. The event will run from July 26 - 28. American, British and international titles are slated for the fest's international in competition section, includin...

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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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