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    FIRST PERSON | "Colin Fitz" Director Robert Bella: From Sundance To Hell And Back Again

    In 1997, Sundance Film Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore wrote, "'Colin Fitz' is the kind of independent filmmaking that shows how much can be done with very little and underscores the endearing qualities of well-written dialogue and comic inspiration." The movie’s been called by the press and its...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Good people & Good ideas.

    July 19, 2010: New York, NY --  A couple of weeks ago, on a quiet mid-week afternoon in California, I sat in a booth at the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge with our CEO Rick Allen, indieWIRE's ad sales director James Israel and famous filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. In between stories about Orson Wel...

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    Eugene Hernandez: The Social Network

    July 12, 2010: New York, NY -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center's programs and venues have served as a vital component of a broad social network for me (and for indieWIRE). Anchored as we are in New York City, the Film Society has been a key catalyst for us. In fact, the idea for indieWIRE's prede...

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    Shane Danielsen: Among the Grifters

    The river is turning into a place to drown. -- Frederick Seidel, "I Do"

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    Eugene Hernandez: Six Down, Six To Go

    May 18, 2010: Cannes, France -- The 63rd Cannes Film Festival opened with Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" and hit its midpoint with Jean-Luc Godard's "Film Socialisme." At a festival honoring auteurs, it was surprising that neither man was on hand to bask in their spotlight.

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    Eugene Hernandez: Cannes Roster Reveals Great Divide

    New York, NY, April 15, 2010 -- Only in Cannes could a Thai filmmaker with a name nearly unpronounceable by Westerners be the director of the buzz title of the upcoming festival. The latest film by Asian auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul, "Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat" (translated as "Uncle Boonmee Who...

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    Eugene Hernandez: (Re) Introducing Eric Kohn

    New York, NY, April 12, 2010 -- About four years ago, Eric Kohn sent me an unsolicited email just as he was finishing up cinema studies at NYU. In the wake of working as a research assistant for J. Hoberman at the Village Voice and as an intern at Entertainment Weekly, he was hoping to make it as a ...

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    Eugene Hernandez: I want it, but what do I *do* with it??

    New York City, April 5, 2010 -- When you use a computer sometimes you need to lean forward but other times you want to lean back.

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    Eugene Hernandez: "Breaking Upwards". Breaking even?

    New York, NY, March 29, 2009 -- A few hundred film folks spent much of a sunny New York City Saturday indoors at Columbia University this weekend. Dubbed, "The Conversation," the all-day symposium at Columbia's Uris Hall was the latest event aimed at exploring the future of the entertainment industr...

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    Jeff Lipsky: "Why I am encouraged and excited..."

    Why am I encouraged and excited about the future and potential profitability of independently produced films, independently distributed? Why am I returning to the fold? What is the most important responsibility of a distributor-for-hire? Some thoughts.

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