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    Alex Rivera: "Documentarians play the most crucial role when they question the official story"

    The main question here: Does a filmmaker have the right, and indeed the responsibility, to tell a story as he or she sees fit, pursuing truth even when the story is not completely cut and dry? And should fellow filmmakers back a director when controversy erupts?

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    Are we fighting to preserve a business or an artform? Introducing iW's cinemadaily.

    Last week I posted, on Twitter and Facebook, that I was "contemplating the increasingly striking tension between art and industry." That comment came after a lengthy email exchange with a good friend who was reacting to the recent James Stern keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The rema...

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    Much Bigger Than Himself: Østergaard Talks "Burma VJ"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This first person by Anders Østergaard originally appeared in an issue of UK newspaper The Guardian and has been republished with permission. His film "Burma VJ" is being released in US theaters tomorrow by Oscilloscope

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    Cannes' Gilles Jacob: "How do you know when an era is finished and another begins?"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a reproduction of a speech Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacobs gave at the press conference at the Intercontinental le Grand Hotel in Paris last month when Jacobs was announcing the Official Selection for the 2009 Festival de Cannes.

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    FIRST PERSON | Four-Walling the Internet: Gigantic Releasing's Mark Lipsky

    My friend Brian Devine has had a dream for well over a decade: build a NY-based indie film and music 'studio.' A place where filmmakers could, nestled within the most supportive and collaborative environment, develop their films, shoot their films, score their films, post produce their films and dis...

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    In His Own Words: Ramin Bahrani Discusses an Exclusive Clip From "Goodbye Solo"

    "Goodbye Solo" is my third feature film. The story is about Solo, a young, friendly Senegalese taxi driver in Winston-Salem, NC who is hired by an elderly, Southern Caucasian man named William, to take him in two weeks to a mountain top where Solo believes the old man plans to jump to his death. Sol...

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    Trading Up: New Paradigm Poaches From Fests

    Why did Geoff Gilmore leave the most coveted position in the independent film industry? The answer almost lies within the question itself.

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    Tom Folino: On Mickey Rourke, "A Quiet Brilliance"

    In honor of his recent comeback, Cinetic Rights Management has unearthed and released the first film starring Mickey Rourke. "Love In The Hamptons" (1976), based on a New Yorker magazine short story, is the tale of a complicated romance between a waiter and waitress. Over 30 years after it was made,...

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    SXSW's Janet Pierson: "The Choices Were Really, Really Hard"

    Last April, Janet Pierson was named the new producer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference. She replaced Matt Dentler, who had served as producer of the fest since 2004. Pierson brought with her a long history in the independent film world. In 1986 she and husband John Pierson began producer rep ...

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    Mary Jane Skalski: "Producer Solidarity" and Making It Happen

    The following is the text of Producer Mary Jane Skalski’s keynote speech (as prepared and delivered to indieWIRE today) from the Sundance Institute's Annual Producers Lunch, which works to strengthen the connections between independent artists, on Sunday, January 18th at the 2009 Sundance Film Festi...

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