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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Convento" Director Jarred Alterman

    Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken resurrects the deceased local wildlife by reanimating the skeletal remains with servomotors and robotic engineering. He breeds these new species in a 400 yr. old monastery in a village in Portugal that has been restored from ruins, to become his family&...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" Directors Howell and Robinson

    Sarah Sparks is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend’s pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what’s being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizin...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Beautifully Moving Parts," "Jerusalem" & "Better This World"

    indieWIRE is again profiling filmmakers taking part in the SXSW Film Festival's Narrative and Documentary Competitions and Emerging Visions sections with nearly two dozen filmmakers providing responses. Today’s three profiles include Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson's "Small...

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    Academy Opens Submissions for Screenwriting Competition with $30,000 Prize

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is accepting submissions for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, which awards up to five $30,000 fellowships to new screenwriters. Alum of the fellowship include Ehren Kruger ("The Ring," "Transformers"), Kurt Kuenne ("Dear Zachary"), Andrew Marlowe ("Air Force One"), Randall McCormick ("Speed 2"), Annmarie Morais ("How She Move"), Eric Nazarian ("Mongol"), Mike Rich ("Secretariat"), Rebecca Sonnenshine ("Happily Ever After"), Victoria Arch ("Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"), an...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Natural Selection," "Weekend" and "Where Soldiers Come From"

    Yesterday, indieWIRE kicked off its annual series of interviews with filmmakers taking part in the Narrative and Documentary Competitions and Emerging Visions sections at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival. Today's crop of profiled directors include Robbie Pickering ("Natural Select...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | Three to Kick Off Series: "Kumare," "Bad Fever" & "Fly Away"

    With the 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival kicking off a week from tomorrow in Austin, indieWIRE is releasing its first slate of SXSW filmmaker interviews, as part of the "Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers" series, that spotlights directors with films in this year's Narrative Com...

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    Five Productions iW is Rooting For: "Urbanized," "Mojang," "Christopher Rush" and More

    This week, iW profiles the last film in the design trilogy from "Helvetica" and "Objectified" filmmaker Gary Hustwit. There's also four doc projects from Kickstarter with films about computer game company Mojang, friendly fire, inspirational quadriplegic Christopher Rush...

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    Boulder International Film Festival 2011 | Finding an Audience, Forming an Identity

    In 1998, Robin and Kathy Beeck made a short documentary about a man whose corpse was kept frozen inside a shed of a small mountain town. In 2003, the sisters updated the film into a feature documentary, “Grandpa’s Still in the Tuff Shed,” and hit the film festival circuit. Enc...

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    In the Works: Visiting the Set of Ash Christian's "Petunia"

    In this week's edition of In the Works, indieWIRE visits the set of the new film from Ash Christian, "Petunia." There's also a documentary investigation of institutions behind urban gentrification and two fundraising campaigns from films featured in previous In the Works colum...

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