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    Digital Distribution: "Gigantic" Exposure? "Pathetic" Revenues"?

    With limited theatrical options for getting their films in front of audiences today, numerous filmmakers have explored (or at least pondered) the Internet as an outlet. While most seem to covet a slot on iTunes -- the platform that generates the greatest revenues -- the need to work with an aggrega...

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    IMDb's Needham: A Play Button on Every Page

    "We want a play button on every single page of IMDb," said the popular film site's founder Col Needham during a SXSW Q&A moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez.

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    Sunday Night Sneaks: Sam Raimi, Sacha Baron Cohen Stir SXSW

    "Thanks folks, for wanting it to be good," director Sam Raimi told a raucous crowd well after midnight in Austin late Sunday, moments before the work-in-progress screening of his return to horror, "Drag Me to Hell." For two hours, a full house inside Austin's Paramount Theater screamed, squirmed and...

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    SXSW Round Up: "Drag Me To Hell" and "Bruno" Sneak Into Blogosphere

    The opening weekend of the SXSW Film Festival has come and gone, and it seems the two films people are most intensely discussing aren't even completed yet: Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell," which screened as a "work-in-progress," and Sasha Baron Cohen's "Borat" follow-up, "Bruno," which showed 3 clips ...

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    Tribeca Sets '09 Shorts Slate

    The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for presentation in six "thematic programs": "Means To An End"; "Mixed Feelings"; "Wake Up Call"; "Truth or Consequences"; "Time Will Tell";...

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    "Father" Tops Sofia Film Fest

    "Father" Tops Sofia Film Fest

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    SXSW Snapshot: Dia Sokol's "Sorry, Thanks"

    Dia Sokol's "Sorry, Thanks" has such keen insight into human behavior that its accuracy almost seems like pure luck. Based around the confused, occasionally self-destructive behavior of several young people in San Francisco's Mission District, it deals with relationship issues and wandering youth disillusionment through lightly engaging scenes that gradually develop a dramatic edge. Charismatic Max (Wiley Wiggins) grows confused about his relationship with his steady girlfriend (Ia Hernandez) when the thoughtful Kira (Kenya Miles) makes subtle advances on him. Meanwhile, Max fends off the tough love of his hyperactive friend Mason (Andrew Buj...

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    SXSW Snapshot: Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell"

    Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" feels like the director blowing off twenty years of steam. The slapstick/horror duality that he mastered with his brilliant "Evil Dead" movies, repeatedly and explicitly referenced in the new feature, marks a crowd-pleasing return to form. At once absurdly cheesy and am...

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    SXSW Snapshot: Daryl Wein's "Breaking Upwards"

    The technologically progressive "Four Eyed Monsters" looks like a downright period piece compared to the social media content in Daryl Wein's "Breaking Upwards." The story of a New York couple experimenting with an open relationship, the movie contains innumerable references to Facebook, Gchat, JDate, camera phones, you name it. In some cases, a filmmaker's attempt to constantly remind viewers that their plot unfolds in the present can have excruciating results (remember "Honest to blog?"). But Wein's clever approach to the conventions of the romantic comedy smooth over these obvious contemporary ingredients. It's not a perfectly even ride, b...

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    SXSW Snapshot: Gary Hustwit's "Objectified"

    There's a new documentary at SXSW from the guy who made "Helvetica," and if that turns your head, then Gary Hustwit's "Objectified" will not disappoint. However, even those uninterested in the history of a popular font should find an appealing hook in Hustwit's fascinating analysis of the design bus...

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