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    TRIBECA '06: The Doc Is In: "Toots" and "Rock The Bells"

    There has been considerable griping among buyers again at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with industry-types maintaining that there simply are not enough quality films to warrant the size of the festival's program. In the case of the event's doc programming, though, insiders and audiences alike ...

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    SF Film Fest: Starstudded Tributes, "Brothers of the Head," "Half Nelson," and "The Bridge"

    The second week of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival was packed with tributes and special events, luring crowds diverse enough to be equally starstruck by Werner Herzog and Ed Harris. (Not as diverse, alas: all of the honorees -- not to mention their on-stage interviewers -- were mi...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unac...

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    TRIBECA '06: In a Time of Change for the Movie Business, Talking About Emerging Distribution Platfor

    While John Cassavetes is hailed as the godfather of the modern independent film movement, many have argued that the Indiewood business model was truly born when Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired and released Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" in 1989. But now, that model seems to be chang...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Reach Beyond Potential Boundaries: "Jesus Camp", "The Wars Tapes", and "The T

    Among the more popular films that have screened so far at the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City are three movies -- two docs and one fiction feature -- that are eyeing potentially unlikely audiences. A documentary about evangelical Christians is trying to play to both sides of the aisle, a...

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    TRIBECA '06: Uptown and Downtown With "Walker Payne," "Boy Culture" and "Big Bad Swim"

    On the first full day of screenings Wednesday, Tribeca Film Festival organizers presented some 40 individual showings throughout Manhattan, more than half of them for Midtown and Uptown audiences for the first time. Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal stepped out onto the stage at the Tribeca Perform...

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    From here to Iberia, the San Francisco International Film Festival

    Heroic firefighters, the eeriest simian costumes since "Planet of the Apes," a "Baywatch" star-as-activist, fierce flamenco dancers, and a rushing tide of watermelon juice: Welcome to the first four days of the 49th annual San Francisco International Film Festival.

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    TRIBECA '06: Striking, Somber "United 93" Opens 5th TFF

    The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival opened on a strikingly somber note Tuesday night in Midtown Manhattan with the world premiere screening of Paul Greengrass' "United 93," a dramatization of the events surrounding the crash of the fourth hijacked flight on 9/11. Nearly 100 families of those who died tha...

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    TRIBECA '06: Making Sense of TFF's Market; Can the Fest Turn The Corner?

    Asked to offer a few long-term goals for the Tribeca Film Festival during the annual kick-off press conference in Lower Manhattan Monday, event co-founder Jane Rosenthal reminded attendees that the first TFF was planned in just a few short months leading up to its May 2002 debut. Lacking a history o...

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    TRIBECA '06: Ever Expanding, Tribeca Fest Heads Uptown As It Hits Year Five

    When the Tribeca Film Festival launched five years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, it was just a five-day event offering about 75 feature films. Established to boost the injured Lower Manhattan neighborhood adjacent to the World Trade Center, the festival sold about 35,000 tickets and boosted income i...

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