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    Lineup Unveiled for 59th Festival de Cannes

    In France this morning, the lineup was announced for the upcoming Festival de Cannes (May 17 - 28, 2006). The event will open with Ron Howard's Hollywood studio film "The Da Vinci Code" from Ron Howard, and close with Tony Gatlif's "Transylvania." Nineteen films will screen in competition and a smal...

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    Buzzing About the Upcoming Al Gore Doc

    Davis Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore and his struggle to raise awareness about global warming, is getting more and more buzz. (It debuted at Sundance this year and was subsequently acquired by Paramount's unnamed specialty division). The film is expected to be on the list of...

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    George Lucas to Serve as "Guest Director" at 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival

    George Lucas will serve as the guest director for the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place Westwood Village from Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, July 2, Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson announced Wednesday evening. As guest director, Lucas will create a special sidebar program of films for the festival, which will include a selection of movies that have inspired his work. In other LAFF news, the festival retreat will be hosted at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, in Northern California. "As a pioneer and innovator, George Lucas values the ideas, goals and artistry that Film Independent champions," said Hudson in a s...

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    Sundance Unveils Fellowship Recipients

    Jake Mahaffy has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship from the Sundance Institute, for his script, "Freed In Deed." Mahaffy will receive a $2,500 cash award and the support of Sundance Institute Screenwriter Advisors Howard Rodman and Doug Wright. Th...

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    18 Filmmakers Set for Cannes Atelier du Festival Program

    For the second Atelier du Festival this year, 18 filmmakers have been selected to travel to France during the event to participate (along with their producers) in meetings intended to further new projects. Chosen for this year's program, organized by the Cannes Cinefondation, are Teboho Mahlatsi (South Africa), Santiago Palavecino (Argentina), Christina Andreef (Australia), Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium), Jose Luis Torres Leiva (Chile), Wang Bing (China), Goran Rusinovic (Croatia), Luiso Berdejo (Spain), Cruz Angeles (United States), Richard Press (United States), Fabrice Genestal (France), Michelange Quay (Haiti), Dev Benegal (India), Dover Ko...

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    Sundance Sets Slate for BAM Event

    Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Sundance Institute has announced plans for its new "Sundance Institute at BAM" event, featuring a series of film, theater, musical performances, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A sessions and other events in Brooklyn from May 11 - 21. The fifteen features from this year's Sundance Film Festival that will screen include, on opening night, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Heidi Specogna's "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez," Hilary Brougher's "Stephanie Daley," James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," Michael Cain and Matt Radecki's "TV Junkie," Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, M...

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    49th SF Int'l Fest Opening with "Love," Closing With "Prairie"

    The San Francisco International Film Festival unveiled its program of 97 features and 130 shorts from 41 countries Tuesday, March 28th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel today. Under new leadership from Executive Director Graham Leggat, the festival is moving toward its 50th anniversary with themes of ...

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    Lipsitz's "Air Guitar Nation" Wins SXSW's 24 Beats Per Second Prize

    Alexandra Lipsitz's "Air Guitar Nation" has won the South by Southwest (SXSW) 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. The film, which had its world premiere at SXSW, received the highest votes of all the films in the music-related section of films playing the festival. The runner-up was Zach Niles and Banker White's film, "The Refugee All Stars." The 24 Beats Per Second section of the festival featured 15 music documentaries including Nathaniel Hornblower's "Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!," Andrew Shapter's "Before the Music Dies," Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin's "loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies," the Charlize Theron-produced "East of H...

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    Ready for Cannes?

    With Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux reportedly saying in Berlin, "Last year, it was a fairly classic lineup. This year, I want to create some surprises," a Reuters/Hollywood Reporter by Charles Masters offers some speculation of films already set for the 2006 Festival de Cannes lineup. Amo...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: 10 Films To Watch From SXSW '06

    The 2006 SXSW Film Festival comes to a close Saturday with a screening of Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz," starring Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. While the high profile new film joins the list of star-driven premieres, including Robert Altman's "Prairie Home Companion" opening night -- as well as this ...

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