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    A Lord's Call To Arms: David Puttnam Addresses Edinburgh

    "I've always believed that cinema has a significant political role to play in times of crisis, such as those we are currently living in," Lord David Puttnam said in a passionate keynote address of the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday. "At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable abil...

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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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    LAFF | Free Cruise Becomes Movie: "Wah Do Dem" Co-Director Ben Chace

    Max’s girlfriend Willow dumps him days before their departure on a Carribean cruise. Unable to find a friend to come with him to experience the all-you-can-eat-buffet crowd, he goes it alone. A hipster in a strange land, Max can’t quite adjust to being out of his element until his playful lark evolv...

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    Getting to Know 11 LAFF Directors to Watch

    The following is a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place June 18-28.

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    LAFF | The Bee Suit Comes Off: "The Last Beekeeper" Director Jeremy Simmons

    The world's honeybees are currently in crisis. These unsung heroes of the food chain, who are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, are vanishing at an alarming rate. With some beekeepers reporting an unexplained 90% decrease in their hive population, scientists are working to solv...

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    LAFF | Queer Amour in Hollywood: "Hollywood, je t'aime" Director Jason Bushman

    Nursing a heartache after breaking up with his boyfriend, Jérôme cannot bear the notion of spending Christmas alone in dreary Paris. He spontaneously books a flight to Los Angeles, where he hopes for fun, sun, and maybe even a little Hollywood stardom. Upon arrival, however, Jérôme’s dreams are defl...

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    LAFF | Stories from the Ozarks: "Branson" Director Brent Meeske

    Branson’s 108 live shows attract seven million visitors a year. With that kind of business, it’s not surprising to find performers of every ilk trying to make it big in this little city tucked away in the scenic Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri’s bible belt. For this engag...

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    LAFF | Exorcising Exes: "Harmony and Me" Director Bob Byington

    Break-ups are never easy, especially when your ex-girlfriend already checked out several months before the official end. Twentysomething Harmony, however, just can’t seem to drop his torch for the departed Jessica even as his motley crew of friends, his gleefully odd family, and his obnoxious boss r...

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    Evolution, or Even Revolution: Hannah McGill On Edinburgh's 63rd Birthday

    Last night in Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival officially turned 63 years old. The occasion was marked with the UK premiere of Sam Mendes' "Away We Go," before the festival headed into eleven days and nights of films, parties and industry events amidst one of Europe's most archite...

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    BAMcinemaFEST Kicks Off

    This past March, it was announced that Brooklyn was getting a new film festival. BAMcinematek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, announced they would present BAMcinemaFEST, a new annual film festival that would showcase U.S. and international work from emerging and established filmmak...

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