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    "Mary and Max" to Open 2009 Sundance Film Festival

    The world premiere of "Mary and Max," a clay animation freature from Academy Award-winning short creators Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs will kick off the 25th Sundance Film Festival on January 15th in Park City, Utah. The feature stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette with narratio...

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    PARK CITY '09 | In the Wake of Prop 8, Film Community & Fest Organizers Defend Sundance Amidst Talk

    With about a week to go before programmers internally lock the lineup for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, organizers are carefully navigating calls for a boycott of the annual event. Talk of a boycott emerged via blogs last week, including Huffington Post and AmericaBlog, in the wake of anger and f...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | "Acne," "Dream" Lead AFI Fest Winners

    "What a week this has been," AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Artistic Director Rose Kuo said as the introduced Sunday's festival awards presentation at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. "Just over a week ago, we didn't know what [AFI's] opening film would be, or who would be leading this country." But without a doubt (and with "Doubt"), AFI Fest, and the American people, have come to a decision. And regarding AFI Fest's 2008 awards, that decision fell on to Frederico Veiroj's "Acne," which won the Grand Jury Prize for narrative feature, and Kief Davidson's "Kissim The Dream," which won both the Grand Jury Prize for documentary, ...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | "Skin," "Marriage" Look For Sales as Sun Sets on AFI

    Though many of the 2008 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival's most high-profile screenings have long found distribution, some films are on the look out for pick ups as the festival enters its busy final days. So far, two sales have gone through. Thursday, Strand Releasing picked up U.S. rig...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Despite a Dropout and an Election, AFI Fest Runs with it

    Timing hasn't exactly been on the 2008 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival's side. Besides its first half coinciding with massive buildup to today's election, the Hollywood-centered festival also had to contend with the unfortunate last minute news that its opening night film, Joe Wright's ...

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    AFI FEST '08 | 22nd Edition Announces 148 Films; Boyle, Swinton To Receive Tributes

    The 22nd AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, running October 30-November 9, 2008, has announced its complete schedule. The lineup totals 100 features and 48 shorts, including 6 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres, and 18 U.S. Premieres. "This year's selection of international films...

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    NYFF '08 | Assayas Discusses His "Summer Hours," Martel's "Woman" Makes NYC Debut

    As the 46th New York Film Festival winds down through its second and final week, indieWIRE had the chance to hear from two of its featured directors. Olivier Assayas, whose "Summer Hours" made its U.S. debut at the festival, sat down for an interview at The Park Lane Hotel last Thursday, while Lucr...

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    iW NEWS | AFI Adds to Fest Slate

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" and Steven Soderbergh's "Che" have been added as centerpiece galas for the upcoming AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Also added to the festival are Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom," Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," the "Tokyo!" triptyc...

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    NYFF '08 | Aronofsky, Rourke Talk "Wrestler," Folman "Waltzes" With New York

    Wednesday afternoon at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York marked a big day for the 46th New York Film Festival. "The Wrestler" Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and producer Scott Franklin joined director Darren Aronofsky to discuss the film after its first screening for New York press and industry. ...

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    Sundance Halts Online Fest Initiative; Short Filmmakers Kept in the Dark by Aggregator Mediastile

    The Sundance Film Festival has ended its relationship with new media aggregator Mediastile Inc. after the company repeatedly failed to send royalty payments and traffic reports to Sundance directors who screened films online via iTunes, Netflix and XBox LIVE. Over the weekend, Sundance organizers e-...

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