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    Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 2009 Line up; "Public Enemies" Centerpiece

    With 200 features, shorts and music videos from 30 countries, Film Independent unveiled details for the 15th Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place June 18 - 28. New to this year's narrative and documentary competitions are international premieres along with world and U.S. debuts. This year's narra...

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    Hot Docs '09: Growing Up, Confronting Reality

    The first weekend of the 16th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which opened this past Thursday, has already been marked with screenings of more than 75 programs featuring works representing over half of its impressive 171 title line up. Screenings attended have been near ...

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    "City Island" Tribeca Audience Winner

    Raymond De Felitta's "City Island" has been announced as the winner of the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award was announced last night at the Tribeca Filmmaker Lounge in Union Square. De Felitta will receive a cash prize of $25,000.

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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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