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    FUTURES | Director Laura Israel Takes on Windmills in "Windfall"

    Wind energy is in vogue these days, so perhaps it comes as a surprise that someone would take on a clean energy source. But that is in fact what first-time director Laura Israel does in her doc "Windfall," which had its European premiere at the recent International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) after debuting earlier in the year in Toronto and Woodstock. The New York City resident actually had initially wanted a windmill on her own land in the Upstate New York town of Meredith, New York, which had been approached by a wind energy company about constructing numerous turbines in the town, a proposal that eventually deeply divided t...

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    FUTURES | "We Are What We Are" Director Jorge Michel Grau

    For a rookie with one film out of the gate, Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau has had quite year. His feature film debut, "We Are What We Are" ("Somos lo que hay"), a grisly cannibal family melodrama and horror mashup, began its journey in March at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, went ...

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    FUTURES | "This Chair Is Not Me" Director Andy Taylor Smith

    British photographer Andy Taylor Smith was at the SilverDocs fest this June for the world premiere of his first film, the short "This Chair is Not Me." By the end of popular documentary event held annually in Silver Springs, Maryland, "Chair" won the Sterling Award for Best Short Film. Smith's first foray into filmmaking was a natural progression, citing his work in photography projects, which he feels, often took on narrative elements. The film itself centers around a pivotal moment in the life of Alan Martin, a dancer with cerebral palsy who gives workshops and performances, played by newcomer Andre Mahjouri. Smith tells his story re-enac...

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    FUTURES | "Night Catches Us" Director Tanya Hamilton

    Born in Jamaica and raised in Maryland, director/writer Tanya Hamilton used what she knew best to craft her debut feature, "Night Catches Us." Inspired by her mother's close friend who in 1965 took part in organizing a sit-in at the White House in protest of the violence in Selma, Alabama, Hamilton ...

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    FUTURES | Canuck Import Richard de Klerk

    Canadian actors who move South of the border to kick start their careers are a dime a dozen. Rachel McAdams, Mike Meyers, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Sandra Oh - the list is endless. Newcomer, and fellow Canuck Richard de Klerk, who's worked with Canadian director Carl Bessai twice in "Repeaters" ...

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    FUTURES | "Aardvark" Director Kitao Sakurai

    This weekend at AFI FEST in Los Angeles, American audiences will get their first opportunity to take in Kitao Sakurai's "Aardvark." Already a staple of the European festival circuit after premiering in Locarno this summer, the film uniquely portrays the real-life relationship between a blind man re...

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    FUTURES | "Slackistan" Director Hammad Khan

    "Slackistan" director Hammad Khan is on a mission.

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    FUTURES | Gotham Nominated "Littlerock" Director Mike Ott

    One of the Gotham Awards' nominees for best film not playing at a theater near you, Mike Ott's "Littlerock" has been slowly making the festival rounds since its debut at the San Francisco International Film Festival earlier this year. But with the Gotham nod and a slew of upcoming festival plays, ...

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    FUTURES | Jeff Reichert Takes on the Pillars of Power with "Gerrymandering"

    Filmmaking newcomer Jeff Reichert opens his first feature documentary this weekend, and the former film distribution exec is taking on a relatively little-known political ploy that seriously questions the widely held belief that America is a beacon of democratic values. "Gerrymandering," which opene...

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    FUTURES | "Nuummioq" Puts Greenland On Map With Country's First Oscar Submission

    Greenland, with just 50,000 people across its 836,000 square miles, had never produced an international feature film until Torben Bech and Otto Rosing's "Nuummioq." The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. And now...

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