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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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    SXSW '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Quiet, Personal Moments Make Biggest Impact at 2007 SXSW Fest

    With an incredibly varied program offeatures put together by event producer Matt Dentler and panels and production manager Jarod Neece, one can easily find something to enjoy at the SXSW Film Festival. Obvious choices (and big ticket sellers) are films like the Morgan Spurlock produced potshot at co...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Mumblecore Movie? Swanberg, Bujalski, Duplass and Others Unveil "Hannah Tak

    Two years ago, duing an interview for indieWIRE, acclaimed indie director Andrew Bujalski spoke of a mumblecore movement made up of a group of filmmakers whose films debuted at SXSW that year. In the Spring of '05, SXSW producer Matt Dentler programmed the Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair," Susan ...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Docs and Journalism Stir Talk at SXSW with Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore,

    "Did you find Osama bin Laden?," began a conversation with director Morgan Spurlock on Sunday at SXSW moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. indieWIRE's inquiry referred to Spurlock's secretive new film, tentatively titled "Where in the World...", which was recently acquired at the EFM in Berlin in a multi-million deal with The Weinstein Company. "We'll have to wait until the movie's finished to see," responded Spurlock who said that he would not reveal too much about his new documentary quite yet, but added, "It's about the state of the world right now. I hope that like 'Super Size Me' it will make people question the choices we make, an...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Linklater (Reluctantly) In Austin Spotlight; And, Scott Frank's "Lookout" O

    Austin's own Richard Linklater was an unlikely honoree at the Austin Film Society's 7th annual Texas Hall of Fame Awards on Friday night, not because anyone thought the honor was undeserved but the director has typically resisted stepping into the spotlight at the largest annual fundraiser for the o...

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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | At Berlinale '07, Women In The Spotlight - On Screen and Behind The Ca

    The decision by the Paul Schrader-led jury to award this year's Berlinale Golden Bear to "Tuya's Marriage" came as no surprise. Chinese director Wang Quan'an's third feature, a socially conscious, colorfully ethnographic paean to peasant defiance, is in many ways tailor-made for festivals. But Wang'...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | In 3 New Berlinale Docs, Exploring Enigmatic Artists

    Andy Warhol's mostly unknown former lover, an avant garde musician who can count some of the world's most famous artists in popular music among his legion of fans, and an eccentric symbol behind one of the world's most powerful fashion houses are the rather mysterious, but highly creative subjects o...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With Eslinger's "Forest" in Competition, American Films (Indies In Parti

    There was a significant moment inside the Berlinale Palast here in Germany this week when Berlin International Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick led twenty-five year-old American filmmaker Ryan Eslinger by the hand, directing him to walk in the spotlight to his seat for the world premiere of his second feature film, "When A Man Falls in The Forest." Eslinger paused momentarily before raising his head and walking with confidence to the VIP row where he was quickly joined by his film's co-stars Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton. Eslinger's film is a rarity in the Berlinale's high-profile international competition; of the four American films ...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Glamour, Politics, The Biz, and Young People: Dieter Kosslick Talks Abou

    After a weekend of snow, ice and a cold biting wind here in Berlin, the skies cleared and temperatures warmed up a bit in the German capital, making the festival all the more manageable for visitors and locals alike. Sitting down to chat with indieWIRE at the mid-point of the annual Berlinale, festival director Dieter Kosslick, wearing a light festival hoodie, breathed a sigh of relief that the winter weather had eased up. Chatting about his role as the jovial goodwill ambassador atop one of the world's leading film festivals and markets, Kosslick said that he had spent the first first days in Berlin making any number of welcome speeches, set...

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