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    Cannes Day 1: Minute by Minute

    Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 - 23), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from France. All times listed are local French time.

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    Does Cannes (still) Matter?

    Just days after massive waves from the Mediterranean crashed along the Croisette damaging beachside restaurants a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland moved southward over France, hampering travel and delaying folks en route to Cannes. This year, natural disasters on top of a dramatic European economic c...

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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Secrets, Eclectics & Lands

    Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, wrapped up its 17th edition Sunday night after eleven days of programming (get the full list of winners of the fest here). Consistently one of the top doc events internationally, the festival continued to deliver strong selections in...

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    Gosling, Franco, Araki Set For American Pavilion at Cannes

    For its 22nd year at the Cannes Film Festival, the American Pavilion has announced its annual series of panels and discussions, with directors Gregg Araki, Cam Archer, Derek Cianfrance, James Franco, and actors Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling among those on tap. This year, Sundance Institute Pub...

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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Pitch Perfect at the Toronto Documentary Forum

    Hundreds of broadcasters, funders, filmmakers, and other observers convened this Wednesday and Thursday morning for the Toronto Documentary Forum, North America’s largest documentary market, as part of the ongoing Hot Docs film festival. Led for the second year by Elizabeth Radshaw, the T...

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    Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Family Ties & Common Bonds

    With one week of its 17th edition completed, the 2010 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, which continues through this Sunday, has screened about three-quarters of its overall programming. As in previous years, the festival presents close to 200 films over its eleven-day run, consisting o...

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    "Saturday Night"'s James Franco and Co. Hit Tribeca on a Sunday

    James Franco is an actor not only known for his expansive film career, but also for being a tireless multidisciplinary thespian with an affinity for higher education. His documentary directing debut “Saturday Night,” a product of his time spent toiling on an M.F.A. at New York University (NYU), exposes all that goes into bringing one episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) to life. The film had its New York premiere to a sold out audience at the Director’s Guild Theater uptown last night on the final day of the Tribeca fest. On hand for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger after the screening were James Franco, along with SNL st...

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    Tribeca's Image Problem: Wrapping Up The 2010 Fest

    With each passing year, complaints about the lackluster program of the Tribeca Film Festival sound more and more like a broken record. This time around, Martin Scorsese did, too.

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Movies Within a Movie: The Anthology Documentary "Freakonomics"

    Equal parts journalistic exposé and targeted anthropological dissection, the slick anthology production "Freakonomics" makes heavy ideas go down easy. That's the point, of course: Based on Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's bestselling 2005 tome, the movie explores "the hidden side of everything" -- meaning the interpersonal rituals dictating when societal decisions get made, or should get made, or should not get made. It's a broad topic, which justifies the mini-movie format for probing the book's central concepts. Directed by a documentarian "dream team" composed of established non-fiction storytellers with divergent approaches, "Freakon...

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    Writing 101: Tips From Three Tribeca Screenwriters

    As part of the Tribeca Film Festival's "Pen To Paper" talks series at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, three screenwriters - "Nice Guy Johnny"'s Edward Burns, "Snap"'s Carmel Winters, and "The Infidel"'s David Baddiel - sat down with novelist Susan Orlean (whose novel "The Orchid Thief," approp...

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