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    iW NEWS | Arcand and Cronenberg Among Titles Added to Toronto Fest Line up

    Two Canadian galas have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival's line up, including Denys Arcand's "Days of Darkness" (L'Age Des Tenebres) starring Marc Labreche and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. The films join previously announced fest opener "Fugitive Pieces" by Jeremy Podeswa. This year, Canada First! section opens with Martin Gero's sex comedy "Young People F*cking." Other films set to screen in the section include: "Amal" by 2005 Telefilm Canada Pitch This! winner Richie Mehta; Rafael Ouellet's "Le Cedre Penche"; Stephane Lafleur's "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil"; Chaz Th...

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    iW NEWS | "Michael Clayton" and "Rendition" and More Added to Toronto Line up

    Two Galas and six Special Presentations were announced by the Toronto International Film Festival, adding to the festival's previously announced titles. Galas include writer director Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton" (U.S.), described as a legal drama about an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricab...

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    iW News | Kuo Named Artistic Director at AFI Fest

    Film festival programmer, consultant and filmmaker Rose Kuo has been named Artistic Director at AFI Fest, the organization announced Monday. In her new position, Kuo will oversee the programming direction and "overall artistic vision" of the annual festival, taking place this year November 1 - 11 in Los Angeles. A fixture at the Telluride Film Festival for many years, Kuo has also served as a programming consultant specializing in Asian cinema and has worked for the San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Mill Valley Festivals. "Rose has a gift for spotting emerging talent, as well as a deep knowledge and appreciation of world cinema," said AFI Fest...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Fest Adds to Slate

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added five Special Presentations screenings to its 2007 lineup. Joining the previously announced "No Country For Old Men" by The Coen Brothers is Richard Roxburgh's "Romulus, My Father" from Australia, as well as David Auburn's directorial debut "The Girl ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joshua" director George Ratliff

    [EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published in January as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.]

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    iW NEWS | Finalists Named for 4th SXSWclick

    Fifteen finalists in five categories have been named for the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival's four-year-old online Summer short film event, SXSWclick. Selected in the Animate-It category are: AM Peters' "Corporate Whore," Dan Brown's "Pierre," and David Crumley's "Sloths on a Tank"; in the Old School Shorts section: Will Elliott's "Peterson's Savings and Loan," Johnny O'Hara's "Mac's First Time," and Adam Wingard's "1000 Year Sleep"; in the Really Old Shorts category: David Serota's "Ubuntu," Kent Osbourne's "Every Picture I Took Last Year," and Jenny Perlin's "Review"; in the Sounds Shots section: Jonathan Stearns' "Falling Up...

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    iW NEWS | "Owl" and "Resolved" Win Audience Prizes at LA Fest

    The Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in West L.A. with a screening of Danny Boyle's upcoming, "Sunshine." Prior to the showing, festival organizers announced that Stephane Gauger's "The Owl and the Sparrow" (narrative) and Greg Whiteley's "Resolved" (documentary) won the fes...

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    LAFF '07 | International Stories, Some Set in the U.S., Find Audiences at L.A. Film Fest

    "People in this town are coming to realize that Los Angeles needs a world class film festival," proclaimed Rich Raddon, a former film producer who has lead Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival since 1999 when it was still known as the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. "We need it in our backyards," he added, thanking attendees and touting the event during Thursday's Spirit of Independence event in Westwood. Of course, the 10-day festival isn't the only international festival in Los Angeles, LAFF shares that stature with AFI FEST, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival in autumn as well as Outfest, opening later this mont...

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    iW NEWS | "August Evening" and "Billy The Kid" Win in L.A.

    At the Los Angeles Film Festival, Chris Eska's narrative feature "August Evening" and Jennifer Venditti's documentary "Billy the Kid" won the jury prizes on Thursday night. The cash awards, $50,000 each provided by Target, were presented during a ceremony at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Director, ...

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    LAFF '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK 2 | Mixing Politics and Religion with the Usual Ups and Downs

    Programming world premieres at a large festival that runs post-Sundance cannot be easy. I am constantly impressed, however, by the skills of programmers at SXSW and Tribeca for finding good films that have yet to play on the festival circuit. But it is particularly hard for the Los Angeles Film Fest...

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