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    CANNES '07 | Wong Kar-Wai To Open 60th Festival de Cannes; Competition Roster Includes Breillat, Coe

    Its official, "My Blueberry Nights" starring singer Norah Jones -- the first English language film from Wong Kar-Wai -- will open the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The Grammy Award winner stars in the story of a young woman who travels across America to find answers to her questions about the true mean...

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    Ford Leaves First Look to Launch New Sales & Distribution Company with Intermedia

    In an email sent to friends and colleagues late last week, Stuart Ford announced that he is leaving First Look International to launch a new unnamed international sales and distribution company that will be based in Los Angeles and London.

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    Mumblecorps Trailers at SXSW

    Cast and crew from "Hannah Takes The Stairs," including Andrew Bujalski, Kevin Bewersdorf, Mark Duplass, Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Ry Russo-Young, Todd Rohal, and Joe Swanberg starred in a series of trailers they made for the recent SXSW Film Festival. One clip, dubbed "Mc Griddles" features Bujal...

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    AP: Scorsese to give film class at Cannes

    Martin Scorsese will be busy at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar-winning director ("The Departed") will give a master class on moviemaking to students and film buffs May 24, the festival said Wednesday. Scorsese will present a prize for the festival's best film by a first-time director at...

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    "Golden Door" Opens a Golden San Francisco International Film Festival

    The San Francisco International Film Festival announced a robust lineup for the festival's 50th edition during a press conference Tuesday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, with 200 films on the roster from 54 countries, and awards in more than 13 categories showing at a variety of locations, but cent...

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    HanWay + Celluloid Dreams = Dreamachine; New Combined Company Launching in Cannes

    A major new sales, production and financing firm with an eye on digital distribution -- dubbed Dreamachine -- has been formed by the merger of HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams. Hanway's Jeremy Thomas and Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi announced the merger, indicating that the new London, Paris and Tor...

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    Cannes Announces 'Atelier de la Cinefondation' Participants

    The Festival de Canne's Atelier de la Cinefondation, a program which helps young filmmakers bring their film projects to fruition, announced this year's group of 15 projects that will participate in the program that supports young filmmakers bring their projects to fruition. This year's 15 come from 15 different countries, and will attend attend the festival May 18 - 25 meeting with film professionals interested in their projects. Attending this year are: Salamandra Pablo Aguero (Argentina--no film title given); Serviam Ruth Mader (Austria--no film title given); "Blown by the Typhoon" by Ying Liang (China); "The Wind Journeys" by Ciro Guerra ...

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    "Country" and "Circle" Take Final SXSW Fest Prizes

    The South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference announced its final awards, with Joe Pickett and Nick Preuher's "Dirty Country" winning the documentary prize in the festival's "24 Beats Per Second" section, while Marcy Garriott's doc "Inside the Circle" taking the audience nod in the "Lone Star St...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Buzz Bands Stir SXSW: British and Euro Acts in Spotlight Alongside Music Le

    A host of British and European acts seemed to stir the most buzz at the 2007 SXSW Music Festival, a leading music event attended by recording industry executives, thousands of locals, numerous journalists, and a number of film folks who stuck around to catch some shows. But tackling the music festival can be daunting, considering that it features some 1400 bands playing over four nights at 65 competing venues around downtown Austin. Thankfully, some acts also perform at one of the many day parties or private gatherings that flesh out an SXSW attendee's jammed schedule. Even before the essential music event begins, press, blogs and attendees b...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: SXSW Boasts Film and Music Convergence

    Music and film tend to converge at festivals throughout the year at events such as the Woodstock Film Festival and even the Sundance Film Festival has become a destination for bands, with daily music sets on Main Street in Park City. Still other fests are also looking to grow a music component these days, but the place where film and music naturally co-exist is SXSW in Austin. Dubbed the live music capital of the world, the South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference launched along with an interactive event in 1994, emerged as an outgrowth of the famed SXSW music event that began seven years earlier. The Music Conference & Festival annually...

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