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    Dubai Readies for 6th Outing with World Cinema Focus

    Twenty films will screen in the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival's "Cinema of the World" line up. "Gritty dramas" and "controversial documentaries" from Denmark, France and Peru are part of the roster, fest organizers unveiled. The sixth DIFF takes place December 9 - 16 in the United Arab ...

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    Scott Foundas: "I think any organization has to change with time"

    The rumor-mill expected it, and The Film Society of Lincoln Center's executive director Mara Manus officially confirmed Wednesday afternoon the appointment of L.A. Weekly critic Scott Foundas as the group's new Associate Program Director, replacing Kent Jones who left earlier this year to join Marti...

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    A New World Order? Looking at AFI and Doha Tribeca Fests

    I traveled to two festivals on opposite ends of the globe last week and saw two vastly different approaches to adapting large film events to the new economic realities.

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    AFI Fest | Tapping in the Power of Free

    The 2009 edition of AFI Fest, which opened last Friday in Hollywood with the North American premiere of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," reflects radical changes made in the past year to the basic DNA of the American Film Institute's annual fall event. The festival's central venue has shifted fro...

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    Sundance Fest Going Nationwide, For One Night Only

    For one night during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the event will expand beyond Park City, UT to theaters in eight American cities. On January 28, 2010, eight Sundance '10 filmmakers will take their films from San Franciso, CA to Brooklyn, NY and beyond. Dubbed Sundance Film Festival U.S.A, the n...

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    Thessaloniki Confirms 240 Film Slate

    With less than ten days to go before the 50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicks off, the festival has announced its full slate of 240 films, as well as its seven member jury to judge the fest's international competition. Theo Angelopoulos will head a jury that will eventually give 40,00...

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    Canada's Golden Boy: Introducing Xavier Dolan

    When his first film, “I Killed My Mother" (J’ai Tue Ma Mere), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, few people had heard of Xavier Dolan. As an actor in his native Quebec, Dolan was perhaps best known – if known at all – for his roles in Roger Cantin’s “La forteresse suspendue,” or for providing voice work in French-dubbed versions of “Twilight” and “South Park." But amidst a storm of media attention placed on cinematic giants like Lars Von Trier and Quentin Tarantino, Dolan managed to steal headlines at Cannes when “Mother” – after receiving an eight-minute standing ovation at its first screening – won every award it was ...

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    Doha Tribeca Fest | Honest Local Stories are Key for New Filmmakers to Succeed

    Consistent with most young festivals, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival has its share of films that have made their way through the festival circuit, with some already in release in the U.S., including "The September Issue," "An Education," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Bright Star" as well as films still to find a "cinema near you," like "Racing Dreams" and "South of the Border." But being that this is a Middle Eastern event, DTFF has particularly focused on Arab work that have screened at some international fests, including Najwa Najjar's Palestinian-produced "Pomegranates and Myrrh" (which screened at last year's Dubai fest), a story of new...

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    Stepping Into The Past

    As long as I’ve been attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival I’ve been promising myself to visit the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum...and this year I finally got there. It’s an easy drive over the Bay Bridge to Fremont, California and the charming village of Niles, which looks much as it did when G.M. “Bronco Billy” Anderson discovered it in the teens and decided to build a studio there. Dedicated volunteers have restored the theater on Niles Boulevard that once showed silent films and turned it into a wonderful museum, filled with evocative memorabilia and early filmmaking equipment. It’s als...

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    Scorsese, Royals and Some Chaos at Doha Tribeca Fest Opening

    Huge local crowds, a little bit of chaos and international stars turned out Thursday night for the official opening of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The I.M. Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art served as the very impressive backdrop for the festival's opening night pre-reception and screening of Mira Nair's "Amelia." Three-thousand locals along with international guests turned up on the museum's expansive grounds along the coast, with director Martin Scorsese, Mira Nair, Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and others joining the Tribeca Film Festival's Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Geoff...

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