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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Women of the Year: Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River"

    EDITORS NOTE: This review of Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner "Frozen River" was originally published during festival. As Ray Eddy, the heroine of filmmaker Courtney Hunt's riveting melodrama "Frozen River;" a working-class mom in Upstate New York trying to care for two sons after her husband skips out with the family savings, actress Melissa Leo sports a nose turned red from the winter cold. She has creased cheekbones weathered by hard living and tattoos on her thin body. Leo is the female embodiment of harsh New York winters and the impoverished rural communities along the St. Lawrence River. But don't think for a second that...

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    TORONTO '08 | Columbia '68, Youssou Ndour, Valentino, and Varda in TIFF Doc Spotlight

    Twenty-six documentaries have been added to the lineup for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. A work-in-progress of Paul Cronin's "A Time to Stir," about the Columbia University student strike in 1968, will screen as a work-in-progress in the event's Mavericks section, while the world premiere of Chai Vasarhelyi's "Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love," about the acclaimed musicisian, is on tap for the festivals Special Presentations section. Set for a North American premiere, after screening at the Venice Film Festival, are Matt Tyrnauer's "Valentino: The Last Emperor" (Special Presentations) and Agnes Varda's self-portrait "Les Pla...

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    NY NY | Channel 13 Gives its Take on the "Reel New York"

    New Yorkers are lucky to have one of the strongest public television stations in the country. Where the rest of the nation calls it PBS, we know it as Channel 13, and for more than a dozen years, it has hosted some of the most cutting edge filmmaking for, by and about New Yorkers, during the annual ...

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    iW NEWS | "Other Man," "Rachel" Added To TIFF Lineup

    The Toronto International Film Festival announced the additions of five films to its 2008 lineup, including two Gala Presentations. The World Premiere of Richard Eyre's "The Other Man," starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney will screen as a Gala, as will the North American Premiere of Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger. Three Special Presentations were also announced, including the World Premiere of Ed Harris' "Appaloosa, starring Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Renee Zellweger, and the North American Premieres of Anne Fontaine's "La Fille de Monaco" and Philippe Claudel's "I've Loved You So Long....

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Sets Canadian Programming

    The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival announced a slew of Canadian films to be featured during the September fest at a press conference in Toronto Tuesday. The titles include Michael McGowan's "One Week," starring Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban and Campbell Scott and Kari Skogland's "Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Jim Sturgess, Sir Ben Kingsley and Rose McGowan, both of which will be Gala Presentations. The Special Presentations program will screen Deepa Mehta's "Heaven on Earth," Fernando Meirelles's "Blindness" and Philippe Falardeau's "C'est pas moi, je le jure!," while the Vanguard program will include Bruce McDonald's "Pontypoo...

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Announces Titles For Four Programs

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced additions to its Galas, Special Presentations, Masters and Contemporary World Cinema programs. Gina-Prince Blythewood's "Secret Life of Bees" and Saul Dibb's "The Duchess," starring Keira Knightley, will both be Gala Presentations. Special presentations include the world premieres of James Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc "Every Little Step," David Keopp's "Ghost Town" and Larry Charles' "Religulous," and the North American premieres of Wong Kar-wai's "Ashes of Time Redux," Guy Ritchie's "RockNRolla," and Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky." The Masters program will see Jan Troell's "Everlasting M...

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    PARK CITY '09 | Sundance Fest: Early Deadline, August 8th

    The early submission deadline for all films for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival is August 18th, while the final deadline is September 5th for shorts and September 8th features. Festival organizers are reporting no significant changes in eligibility requirements for the festival, but additional detai...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "I'll Come Running" Director Spencer Parsons and "HottieBoombaLottie" Director

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    REVIEW | High Times in the 90's: Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness"

    This review was originally published during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. A filmmaker who matters is someone capable of re-invigorating genres with spunk and a playful lack of caution. That's Jonathan Levine, who wowed the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival audiences with his gory, sly horr...

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    LAFF '08 | "Prince of Broadway," "Loot" Win Big Cash Awards as L.A. Fest Closes

    "Prince of Broadway," the latest feature by Sean Baker, won the Target Filmmaker Award, the top narrative feature prize at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Darius Marder's "Loot" simultaneously won the Target Documentary Award as the Film Independent event came to a close in California on Sunday ...

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