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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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    SILVERDOCS Goes for "Game" and a Crack Politician

    AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Festival announced the opening and closing night films for SILVERDOCS 2009 today. The festival will open on Monday June 15 with the US Premiere of Lionsgate’s "More Than a Game," directed by Kristopher Belman, and will close on Saturday, June 20, with the World Premi...

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    10 Tips For Strategizing Distribution Today

    Aimed at aspiring or challenged filmmakers, a Tribeca Film Festival panel discussion examined the emergence of innovative new strategies for marketing as well as digital distribution, and how there are now multiple ways for filmmakers to control what happens to their film. Six industry insiders gath...

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    A Wet Dream For Horror Fans: Ti West's "House of The Devil"

    Ti West's "The House of the Devil" is a wet dream for horror fans, but that should not limit its audience. The classical structure slowly builds tension before erupting into a decisively gory finish, harkening back to a smarter and more nuanced era of spooky storytelling. West's last feature, the hi...

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    Go Kart Doc Set To Win Tribeca Audience Award?

    The Tribeca Film Festival's website has a page that features the current standings for this year's Heineken Audience Award. The tally currently includes votes for all screenings through Tuesday, and it seems Marshall Curry's "Racing Dreams" is the current frontrunner to take the prize (the presence...

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    The Divine Presence of the Cha Cha Cha Brotherhood

    "We've had offers to re-enact certain scenes from 'Y Tu Mama Tambien," Gael Garcia Bernal said of himself and Diego Luna during a discussion at the Apple Store SoHo yesterday afternoon.

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    Go Kart Doc Breaks Out at Tribeca; "Eclipse" Attracts Attention

    Among the scores of films premiering at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, Marsall Curry's documentary "Racing Dreams"--following three teenage Go Kart racers on their quest to win the national championship--has been garnering significant buzz since its premiere on Saturday. The LA Times' Scott Feinber...

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    Tribeca Snapshot: Marshall Curry's "Racing Dreams"

    "If I'm not not racing, I'm not happy," says one of the adolescent drivers in Marshall Curry's "Racing Dreams." Of course, an eleven year old's perception of happiness tends to rely on the whims of the surrounding environment, and the speedy realm of the racetrack can certainly make the the rest of the world look boring. Curry, the Academy Award-nominated director of "Street Fight," inspects the forces behind this obsession by finding the starting point with a handful of North Carolina youth as they compete for the National Championship of the World Karting Association. While many of the young, enthusiastic subjects remain subservient to thei...

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    2009 Tribeca Director Interviews

    EDITORS NOTE: Below are the links to a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.

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