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    Focus Features' 5th Annual Africa First Winners

    Five filmmakers have been selected for Focus Features' fifth annual Africa First Program, an initiative developed exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10K for their prospective short film projects. Full list of award recipients and...

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    Roger Ross Williams' 'Traveling While Black' At New Frontier Story Labs + 'God Loves Uganda' On PBS In 2013

    Roger Ross Williams may not be a household name (yet), but the man has 2 projects in the works currently, that have attraced the kind of in-development attention that I think many would embrace fully.

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    Gael Garcia Bernal In, Hilary Swank Out For 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Starring Matthew McConaughey

    To get interesting stories made in today's climate, yes you need financing and all the necessary little wheels in motion, but sometimes you just need someone to take an interest and push things forward. And that's just what Matthew McConaughey has done with "The Dallas Buyer's Club....

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    Directorial Debut of Kristen Stewart's Mother Set For Release This Year

    Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical and ancillary rights to "K-11," the directorial debut of veteran script supervisor (and mother to Kristen Stewart) Jules Stewart. The company plans to open it in North America later this year for awards season. The tense dr...

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    'Wish You Were Here' Director Kieran Darcy-Smith Goes 'By Way Of Helena'

    What do you get when you pair the director of a buzzed-about Sundance hit with a Black List script? You get cautiously optimistic about the prospect of an indie hit, that’s what. Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith brought his debut feature “Wish You Were Here” to Sundance earli...

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    Denzel Washington's Disconcerted Gaze Dominates The Poster For 'Flight'

    Denzel Washington's Disconcerted Gaze Dominates The Poster For 'Flight'

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    Ken Burns Responds to City of New York Subpoena of 'Central Park Five' Materials

    Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns (upon whose book the film is based) and David McMahon, responded to the subpoena Wednesday by stating that it has long been expected but that they intend to invoke their constitutional and statutory rights to withhold the materials.

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    5th Year Focus Features Africa First Program Winners Revealed (Southern Africa Well-Repped)

    I'm ALWAYS excited to read about Africa First winners; hot off the presses, here are the next set of 5 young African filmmakers who we'll surely be talking about in years to come. At the very least, expect individual profiles of each, and hopefully, glimpses at their previous and upcomi...

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    Will This Do? Half-Assed Poster For 'Broken City' With Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

    Considering the movie comes out in about three months, Universal decided they should probably start letting people know it's happening. And thus, the marketing department has slapped together a poster that looks like it was an outtake from the photo sessions for the "Contraband" one sheet. Welcome t...

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    Fill the Void Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

    The team at Sony PIctures Classics has been very busy since Toronto and they added another women directed film Fill the Void written and directed by Rama Burshtein to their list of acquisitions. The film will be Israel's submission to the Academy Award for best foreign film having won seven awa...

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