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    Sundance '10 | "Bass Ackwards" Director Linas Phillips on His non-Road Movie Road Movie

    Director Linas Phillips is back with a new feature, "Bass Ackwards," screening in Sundance's new NEXT section. He previously directed and starred in the documentary "Walking to Werner," which screened at HotDocs and the Austin Film Festival, and he also has a few acting credits under his belt. His l...

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    Sundance '10 | "Bhutto" Producer Duane Baughman on His Portrait of the Fallen Leader

    Duane Baughman produced upcoming Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition feature, "Bhutto" - directed by Johnny O'Hara, (whose film, "Fields of Fuel," won the 2008 Sundance Audience Award) and co-directed by Jessica Hernandez a veteran television editor. The film turns the spotlight on the assassinate...

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    China Snubs Palm Springs Fest Over Tibet Doc

    In a move that has become more common for Chinese films traveling the worldwide festival circuit, two films from the world's most populous country that had been selected to screen at the 21st Palm Springs International Film Festival have been withdrawn in response to the planned screening of documen...

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    Rotterdam Sets 2010 Competition

    Fifteen films have been selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2010. The lineup, like always comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal top prizes of 15,000 euro each, includes five world premieres.

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    Sundance ‘10 | “The Oath" Director Laura Poitras On Her Portrait of Post-9/11 America

    Director Laura Poitras' documentary "The Oath" is the second installment in a planned trilogy that includes her previous film "My Country, My Country" (2006), which was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. "The Oath," which is screening as part of the Sundance Fi...

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    Sundance '10 | "Blue Valentine" Director Cianfrance On the Film's 11 Year Road

    Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance returns to Sundance with his U.S. Dramatic Competition film, "Blue Valentine," described as an "intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage." Cianfrance won the Cinematography Award (Dramatic) for "Streets of Legend" in 2003 and directed 1998's "Brother Tied...

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    Sundance '10 | Alex Gibney Talks Scandal with Doc Competition Film "CASINO JACK"

    Oscar-winner Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Darkside") returns to Sundance with his latest film, "CASINO JACK & The United States of Money," a world premiere screening in the festival's U.S. Documentary Competition. The film is a portrait of disgraced Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff beginning with his early years as a "gung-ho" member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah--confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops, and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money co...

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    Sundance Film Fest Adds Three

    The Sundance Film Festival has added three more films to its slate. Gurinder Chadha's "It's A Wonderful Afterlife" Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are Alright" and Galt Niederhoffer's "The Romantics" will screen out of competition at the fest taking place January 21 - 31 in Park City, Utah.

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    Five Join Rotterdam Fest Competition

    Five additional films have been named to compete for the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Tiger Awards.

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    Palm Springs Fest Unveils Extensive Premieres; "Last Station" to Open

    Dubbing this year's 21st run its "coming of age," the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival unveiled major sections of its slate, with Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station" set to open the ten day event January 7 in the California desert resort enclave. Star James McAvoy will attend the screening, which takes a look at the life of legendary Russian novelist and social reformer Leo Tolstoy, featuring Christopher Plummer as the writer and Helen Mirren as his wife. Both Mirren and Plummer are Golden Globe nominees for their performances, and Mirren will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the festival’s Awards Gala on January ...

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