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    Schlessel Reshapes Focus Features: Loses Karpen and Foley, Keeps Brody and Bowles (ANALYSIS)

    The new CEO of Focus Features, Peter Schlessel, has wasted no time reconfiguring two distributors, FilmDistrict and Focus, into one. By insisting on shutting down the Focus New York branch, he lost several valuable executives including Focus COO Andrew Karpen, who was asked to stay on. Schlessel aim...

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    Universal Replaces Schamus with Schlessel to Expand Focus Features Brand

    Universal is under new management. And another specialty division bites the dust. I may be overstating it, but safe to say, the old Focus Features--a high-class specialty division with an eye for awards worthy content--is no more. Longtime Focus CEO and co-founder James Schamus, a New Yorker of disc...

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    How Vine Is Impacting the Indie Film World (and Beyond)

    Indiewire spoke with film distributors, editors and curators about their innovative uses of the app in its infancy.

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    FilmDistrict To Distribute Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' With Josh Brolin & Elizabeth Olsen

    Spike Lee's on the comeback trail these days -- the ever-controversial auteur roared back with his intimate, personal "Red Hook Summer" at Sundance this year, with the film hitting theaters last month, and followed it up swiftly with his affectionate, fascinating Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25,...

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    Safety Not Guaranteed—movie review

    How do you take a wacky premise and make it believable enough to sustain a feature-length film? What’s more, how do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed', which won newcomer Derek Connolly the Wald...

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    FilmDistrict Hires Studio-Exec Orr to Run Distribution

    After the departure of indies Bob and Jeanne Berney from FilmDistrict, owner Graham King and CEO Peter Schlessel have been rethinking their distribution operation. Well, now they have added two key execs from the studios, distribution president Jim Orr and ex-DreamWorks marketing head Christine Birc...

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    Angelina Jolie on Managing the Guilt and Politics of "In the Land of Blood and Honey"

    Angelina Jolie got a crash course in Bosnian politics while shooting her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." Rumors swirled that the film set during the Bosnian War involved a rape victim falling in love with her attacker. Protests led the production to nearly lose its sho...

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    Indie Movies, Mainstream Marketing: Who Wins?

    It's become popular to place indie movies within trojan-horse marketing campaigns. By making them look bigger than they are, sometimes they emerge to conquer audiences ­-- and sometimes the audience turns on them.

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