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    Eugene Hernandez: DIY v. DIWO

    Toronto, Canada, September 14, 2009 -- How many of you have blogs? How many of you are on Twitter, on Facebook, or are curating a film series? Those are the questions that indie producer Ted Hope asked yesterday at a film financing conference here at the Toronto International Film Festival. He's cer...

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    Liesl Copland: "Dear theater owners, fear not - you are not going anywhere"

    I'm Liesl Copland from William Morris Endeavor's Global Finance & Distribution Group, and am honored to be here at the inaugural Toronto Film Festival Documentary Conference. When Thom [Powers] asked me to come and talk to you about what I think about all day long - where, in this CHANGED world are...

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    Marcela Goglio: "This is an exciting time for Latin American filmmaking"

    There’s no doubt about the need to change the sad state of distribution for Latin American cinema in the U.S. so wider audiences can enjoy the many great films being produced in the region that deserve to be seen here. But though this tough reality has been worsened by the economic crisis as fewer ...

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    Eugene Hernandez: SPC v. IFC

    Telluride, CO, September 8, 2009 -- After celebrating at an intimate private dinner on Saturday night, Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, filmmaker Jacques Audiard and others joined a nearby IFC Films dinner for its own filmmakers and friends here at the Telluride Film Festival. Pau...

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    Eugene Hernandez: $aving Cinema

    New York, NY, August 30, 2009 -- "As you know the L.A. County Museum has always been close to our hearts and especially the motion deptartment," studio chief Joel Levinson said during bungled remarks at a star-studded early 90s gala fundraiser for LACMA's film division. Pausing he corrected himself,...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Nadie Sabe Nada

    Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 23, 2009 -- The scene: A middle-aged man steps into a row of a fading, empty movie theater. He sits down, pauses for a moment then gets up and moves one seat to his right. He does the same thing again before settling on a spot. As it turns out, he's not about to watch a mov...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Movies, Now More Than Ever

    New York, NY, August 16, 2009 -- For over a month now I've been pondering a New York Times article about the state of cinema that was published forty years ago. I've read the January 1969 Richard Schickel piece over and over since downloading it from their archive last month. "Don't Go to the Movies...

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    Craig Emanuel at Sundance Summit: "Now is the time to act boldly and wisely"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following speech was given by Craig Emanuel - a film distribution specialist from Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb - prior to the opening night panel discussion at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit held in Sundance, Utah over this past weekend. The topic for the panel was 'St...

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    Ted Leonsis: 10 Hot Topics from Sun Valley

    "The conference is about networking, family, learning and fun," blogged Ted Leonsis, just back from the annual Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, a private and exclusive annual event for about 200 moguls and top figures in the media, sports, Internet business, healthcare, finance, politica...

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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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