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    2009 Tribeca Director Interviews

    EDITORS NOTE: Below are the links to a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.

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    Tribeca '09 Round Up: "Outrage," "Soundtrack" Premiere; "Moonlight," "PoliWood" Interviews

    As unseasonably warm weather brought most New Yorkers out of their apartments to enjoy temperatures not usually seen until Summer, film buffs were gladly holed up in lower Manhattan's air-conditioned movie theaters as the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival continued this weekend.

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    Tribeca Snapshot: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's "Soundtrack for a Revolution"

    The concept behind "Soundtrack for a Revolution" is both a means and end at once. In this competent survey of African American folk music in the civil rights movement, directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman pair reminiscences with recreation, but it's never quite the transcendent aural experience suggested by the two-pronged premise. While interviewees such as Harry Belafonte and John Lewis recall gripping -- and often quite harrowing -- anecdotes from their countless protests at the behest of Martin Luther King, the filmmakers frequently cut to studio performances of classic songs from the period performed by contemporary artists, includin...

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    Cheryl Hines Brings Life to Adrienne Shelly's "Moonlight"

    "It's interesting, I mean, people are going to take away different ideas from this film, which is one of the reasons I loved the script," Cheryl Hines told indieWIRE of her directorial debut, "Serious Moonlight," which premieres at Tribeca tonight. "A lot of people will just be entertained by it and...

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    Tribeca Announces Creative Promise, Sloan Filmmaker Fund Winners

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of the sixth annual Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards last night at City Winery. Miguel Aviles won the narrative section prize for "Somnium," Andrew Bui won the emerging Narrative section prize for "Bronxopolis," while George Reyes won the documentary section prize for "La Muneca Fea (The Ugly Doll)." The screenwriting section prize went Jinho Ferreira aka "Piper" for "Walter's Boys," while honorable mentions were given to Jennifer Phang for "Look For Water" (in Narrative), Hugo Perez for "The Immaculate Conception" (in Emerging Narrative), and Stephen Maing for "High Tech, Low Life"...

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    The Collison of Politics, Celebrity and the Media: Barry Levinson Goes To "PoliWood"

    "In the most simplistic way, it's really about the collison of politics, celebrity and the media," Barry Levinson told indieWIRE about his new documentary "PoliWood," premiering next Friday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. "Basically, how they collide and how they feed off one another. Th...

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    Tribeca '09 Round Up: Fest Kicks Off A Streamlined Eighth Edition

    “We hope that, especially when you look back to what our original mission was and is, that in these trying economic times that we can help, through film, restore some hope and inspiration,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal told indieWIRE recently, reflecting on the evolution of the ei...

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    Tribeca Snapshot: Bradley Rust Gray's "The Exploding Girl"

    With "The Exploding Girl," director Bradley Rust Gray upgrades the routine not-quite-platonic love story with a magnificent sense of visual clarity. The predictable aspects of the plot are masked by an infectious lyricism: Soft spoken college kid Ivy (Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of Elia) hangs out with her friend Al (Mark Rendall) over the course of a summer break in New York. The two have known each other since middle school, creating the sort of close bond in which they laugh off the notion of sharing deeper feelings for each other, but only a hint of nervousness. Ivy's disinterested boyfriend exists only in recurring phone calls, so that his ...

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    Nantucket Fest to Open with "Cold Souls"; Event Adds Another Day

    Details of the early summer's North American film festivals have started trickling in with Nantucket unveiling its 14th edition Thursday. Opening this year's festival is writer/director Sophie Barthes' "Cold Souls," which will have its theatrical debut in early August by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The fi...

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    'This Is Your Life' Meets a Job Fair: Spike Lee Talks Tribeca, Receives Gifts

    "This is like 'This is Your Life' meets a job fair," the Museum of the Moving Image's David Schwartz said to Spike Lee as he moderated their discussion at the Apple Store in SoHo last night. The packed event, which reached capacity well before Lee entered the building, saw an eclectic mix of audienc...

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