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    SXSW Snapshot: Kris Swanberg's "It was great, but I was ready to come home"

    Kris Swanberg's first feature, "It was great, but I was ready to come home," really works as a visual essay exclusively based around the title sentiment. Swanberg's patient, somewhat haphazard portrait of two friends (Swanberg and Jade Healy) on a trip to Costa Rica drifts from one fairly innocuous development to another, but a keen psychological undercurrent gradually emerges over the course of the swift 65-minutes running time. As it becomes clear that Swanberg's character still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend, the serenity of the duo's surroundings start to become a space for meditation, while Healy just wants to have fun. They don't run...

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    Spike Lee's "Kobe" To Premiere at Tribeca

    The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that Spike Lee's basketball doc "Kobe Doin' Work" will have its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival as the gala premiere of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The premiere will take place on Saturday April 25, 2009. The 2009 Tribeca/ESPN Spor...

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    Digital Distribution: "Gigantic" Exposure? "Pathetic" Revenues"?

    With limited theatrical options for getting their films in front of audiences today, numerous filmmakers have explored (or at least pondered) the Internet as an outlet. While most seem to covet a slot on iTunes -- the platform that generates the greatest revenues -- the need to work with an aggrega...

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    IMDb's Needham: A Play Button on Every Page

    "We want a play button on every single page of IMDb," said the popular film site's founder Col Needham during a SXSW Q&A moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez.

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    Sunday Night Sneaks: Sam Raimi, Sacha Baron Cohen Stir SXSW

    "Thanks folks, for wanting it to be good," director Sam Raimi told a raucous crowd well after midnight in Austin late Sunday, moments before the work-in-progress screening of his return to horror, "Drag Me to Hell." For two hours, a full house inside Austin's Paramount Theater screamed, squirmed and...

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    SXSW Round Up: "Drag Me To Hell" and "Bruno" Sneak Into Blogosphere

    The opening weekend of the SXSW Film Festival has come and gone, and it seems the two films people are most intensely discussing aren't even completed yet: Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell," which screened as a "work-in-progress," and Sasha Baron Cohen's "Borat" follow-up, "Bruno," which showed 3 clips ...

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    Tribeca Sets '09 Shorts Slate

    The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for presentation in six "thematic programs": "Means To An End"; "Mixed Feelings"; "Wake Up Call"; "Truth or Consequences"; "Time Will Tell";...

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    "Father" Tops Sofia Film Fest

    "Father" Tops Sofia Film Fest

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    SXSW Snapshot: Dia Sokol's "Sorry, Thanks"

    Dia Sokol's "Sorry, Thanks" has such keen insight into human behavior that its accuracy almost seems like pure luck. Based around the confused, occasionally self-destructive behavior of several young people in San Francisco's Mission District, it deals with relationship issues and wandering youth disillusionment through lightly engaging scenes that gradually develop a dramatic edge. Charismatic Max (Wiley Wiggins) grows confused about his relationship with his steady girlfriend (Ia Hernandez) when the thoughtful Kira (Kenya Miles) makes subtle advances on him. Meanwhile, Max fends off the tough love of his hyperactive friend Mason (Andrew Buj...

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    SXSW Snapshot: Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell"

    Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" feels like the director blowing off twenty years of steam. The slapstick/horror duality that he mastered with his brilliant "Evil Dead" movies, repeatedly and explicitly referenced in the new feature, marks a crowd-pleasing return to form. At once absurdly cheesy and am...

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