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    24th Israel Fest To Open With, and Distribute, "Islands"

    The Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, has announced part of the program for its 24th fest, which runs from June 3rd - June 18th, 2009 in Los Angeles. Encompassing over 30 movies, the fest will open with the West Coast premiere of "Lost Islands," the highest grossing and most honored film in Israel last year. Directed by Reshef Levy and starring Michael Moshonov and Shmil Ben Ari, "Islands" is an autobiographic drama set in the 1980s. The Israel Film Festival will theatrically self-distribute the film in a platformed release in major markets after the close of the Festival - the very first time...

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    Hot Docs '09: Subjects on the Margins

    As documentary filmmakers hone their pitches to industry delegates at the Toronto Documentary Forum, attempting to attract funding and interest in their projects by finding the perfect hook, they would do well to look at a number of films screening at Hot Docs, which continues through this weekend -...

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    6 Films to Watch for from the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival

    The oldest film festival on North American soil continues to buck trends, innovate, and focus on quality over commerce as it plows ahead seemingly unencumbered by a slumping economy that has sharply altered and downsized (and in some cases bankrupt) its peers. In its 52nd year, the San Francisco Int...

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    Buyers Be Aware: Notable Projects From Toronto's Doc Forum

    The 2009 Toronto Documentary Forum - the largest doc market in North America - kicked off this morning on the campus of the University of Toronto, with hundreds of filmmakers, producers, broadcasters and distributors gathering to witness twenty-five presentations of documentary projects at various l...

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    Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 2009 Line up; "Public Enemies" Centerpiece

    With 200 features, shorts and music videos from 30 countries, Film Independent unveiled details for the 15th Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place June 18 - 28. New to this year's narrative and documentary competitions are international premieres along with world and U.S. debuts. This year's narra...

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    Hot Docs '09: Growing Up, Confronting Reality

    The first weekend of the 16th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which opened this past Thursday, has already been marked with screenings of more than 75 programs featuring works representing over half of its impressive 171 title line up. Screenings attended have been near ...

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    Tribeca Gets Good Reviews

    Tribeca Gets Good Reviews

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    "City Island" Tribeca Audience Winner

    Raymond De Felitta's "City Island" has been announced as the winner of the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award was announced last night at the Tribeca Filmmaker Lounge in Union Square. De Felitta will receive a cash prize of $25,000.

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    Tribeca Round Up: "Elly" and "Racing" Take Off as Fest Winds Down

    The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, heading into its final weekend, announced its winners last night at a ceremony in Manhattan. Asghar Farhad’s “About Elly” won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and and Marshall Curry’s “Racing Dreams” (rather unsurprisingly) took the Best Documentary Feature prize. Other winners included director Rune Denstad Langlo (“North) who received the Best New Narrative Filmmaker nod, “The Eclipse” star Ciaran Hinds who received the Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film award, and Zoe Kazan whoe took the prize for Best Actress for "The Exploding Girl." Ian Olds, meanwhile, won the Best New Documentary Filmma...

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    Seeing The Whole Picture: Ian Olds's "Fixer"

    American portraits of foreign wars usually rely on the work of curious journalists, but "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" gains distinction for showing the people who make it possible for such work to be done. These "fixers," aids to traveling journalists responsible for helping them wade thr...

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