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    Changing Industry: As Dentler Moves to Cinetic's New Rights Management Division, A Pierson Steps in

    Rising expectations for the future of film distribution paved the way for a pair of important industry moves within the independent movie industry today. Word that SXSW Film Festival head Matt Dentler would leave the increasingly important South by Southwest festival to join a new arm of Cinetic Med...

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    iW NEWS | Janet Pierson Named New Producer of SXSW Film Fest; Dentler Heading to Cinetic

    Janet Pierson has been named the new producer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference, the organization has just announced. Matt Dentler, who has served as producer of the fest since 2004, has accepted a position in New York City to head the marketing and programming operations of Cinetic Media's new digital rights management unit, the festival said in an announcement. Pierson has a long history in the independent film world. In 1986 she and husband John Pierson began producer rep work that eventually lead to the release of groundbreaking work including "Roger and Me," "She's Gotta Have It," "Slacker" and "Clerks." A board member of the Aust...

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    The Week in Fests | Malaga, Udine, and Vail

    The latest from the festival scene this week. A link exchange by Variety.com and indieWIRE.

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    AFP: Cult director Tarantino to deliver Cannes Masterclass

    Cult award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino is to give this year's Cinema Masterclass at Cannes, the world's premier film festival. AFP reports.

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    CANNES '08 | 4th Atelier Slate Set

    Fifteen projects are set for the 4th Atelier of the Cinefondation at the Festival de Cannes, facilitating industry meetings aimed at securing financing and additional support for new films. On this year's roster for the program are "Cure For Serpents" directed by Ben Hackworth (Australia), "Bitch" directed by Lou Ye (China), "The Stoplight Society" directed by Ruben Mendoza (Columbia), "One More Croissant" directed by Ilmar Raag (Estonia), "Here" directed by Braden King (USA), "Lucky Life" directed by Lee Isaac Chung (USA), "Qu'un seul tienne, et les autres suivront" directed by Lea Fehner (France), "Womb" directed by Benedek Fliegauf (Hunga...

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    HR | The Cannes plan comes together

    Tipping new films from Steven Soderberg, Woody Allen and Michael Winterbottom for the 61st Festival de Cannes 2008, Hollywood Reporter surveys some of the films likely to screen at the 2008 festival (May 14 - 25).

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    iW NEWS | "Throw Down Your Heart" and "Cook County" Win Audience Nods at SXSW

    The SXSW Film Conference & Festival announced its final audience award winners, with Sascha Paladino's doc "Throw Down Your Heart" taking the prize in the festival's music themed 24 Beats per Second section and David Pomes' small-town drug drama "Cook County" winning in the Lone Star States section....

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    SXSW '08 | Film & Music Abound Along with the Late Late Nights

    Encompassing two of the largest creative industries, SXSW has created a formula spotlighting both film and music during its nine-day run (not to mention the massive influx of interactive folks), and it's a unique opportunity for both to converge under one mega event. But some have observed amusing differences. Just the other day, a group of film industry members joked that coming to Austin for the film fest is so full of revelry and parties -- along with the many panels, screenings and other events that make up the SXSW Film Conference & Festival-- that mornings can be a bit rough after the late nights. Still, the group observed, the really g...

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    SXSW '08 DOC NOTEBOOK | Snapshots from the Competition: "Dorothy," "Wizards," "Assembly"

    One of the films I was most interested in seeing at the South by Southwest film festival was a documentary called "They Killed Sister Dorothy," about the murder of Sister Dorothy Strang, a social and environmental activist, in Brazil. Daniel Junge's film won both the grand jury prize at the doc audience award at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. Sister Dorothy, who had lived and worked as a missionary in Brazil since the 1960s, was involved in a sustainable living project in the Amazonian rain forest that was designed to set aside rain forest lands for poor farmers, allowing them to work the land in sustainable ways without destroying the biodive...

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    AP: Helen Hunt talks filmmaking in Austin

    Helen Hunt is an Oscar winner (for "As Good As It Gets") and a four-time Emmy winner (for "Mad About You"). Now she has a new title to add to her esteemed collection: filmmaker. Christy Lemire reports.

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