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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    No Money, No Time, No Script: Meadows & Considine Experiment In Edinburgh

    No strangers to Edinburgh or to each other, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine treated Edinburgh International Film Festival-goers to a rather curious event last night: the world premiere of their 30,000 pound ($50,000 USD) mockumentary "Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee," which was shot in just five days, an...

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    Provincetown: Still a Terrific Weekend Fest, Even with Less Cash

    Perhaps few other small towns in America scream "Film Festival" more than Provincetown. Among its small population of under 4,000 (which swells in Summer) are artists and an eclectic mix of families (gay and straight), singles, drag queens, frat guys and most likely anything in between - not to ment...

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    The World As We Know It Is Over? 10 Insights on the Movie Biz

    "The way we operate is being dissected and reassembled in front of our eyes," noted Endgame's James D. Stern in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend (which was published in its entirety by indieWIRE). Later that day, a panel of key industry players gathered at the fest'...

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    A Lord's Call To Arms: David Puttnam Addresses Edinburgh

    "I've always believed that cinema has a significant political role to play in times of crisis, such as those we are currently living in," Lord David Puttnam said in a passionate keynote address of the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday. "At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable abil...

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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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    LAFF | Free Cruise Becomes Movie: "Wah Do Dem" Co-Director Ben Chace

    Max’s girlfriend Willow dumps him days before their departure on a Carribean cruise. Unable to find a friend to come with him to experience the all-you-can-eat-buffet crowd, he goes it alone. A hipster in a strange land, Max can’t quite adjust to being out of his element until his playful lark evolv...

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    Getting to Know 11 LAFF Directors to Watch

    The following is a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place June 18-28.

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    LAFF | The Bee Suit Comes Off: "The Last Beekeeper" Director Jeremy Simmons

    The world's honeybees are currently in crisis. These unsung heroes of the food chain, who are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, are vanishing at an alarming rate. With some beekeepers reporting an unexplained 90% decrease in their hive population, scientists are working to solv...

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    LAFF | Queer Amour in Hollywood: "Hollywood, je t'aime" Director Jason Bushman

    Nursing a heartache after breaking up with his boyfriend, Jérôme cannot bear the notion of spending Christmas alone in dreary Paris. He spontaneously books a flight to Los Angeles, where he hopes for fun, sun, and maybe even a little Hollywood stardom. Upon arrival, however, Jérôme’s dreams are defl...

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