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    Susan Seidelman’s DIY Spirit

    Susan Seidelman’s influential 1982 feature debut, “Smithereens,” has launched on iTunes and Amazon VOD this week. Later in her directing career, Seidelman went on to helm such acclaimed projects as Madonna’s big-screen debut, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and the pilot episode for HBO’s “Sex and the ...

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    "What Would Jesus Buy" Star Set for NYC Ballot

    Tomorrow, New York City voters will head to the polls to cast a vote for mayor. While current mayor Mike Bloomberg has been facing controversy for extending term limits against popular support, his Democrat opponent, Comptroller Bill Thompson, is a virtual unknown across the city. Amongst the crowd of third-party candidates in the election, one notch above the Rent is Too Damn High Party nominee, is a face familiar to the indie film community. Reverend Billy Talen, performance artist and Stop Shopping Gospel Choir leader, is the Green Party candidate for New York City mayor. The star of Rob VanAlkemade's 2007 film "What Would Jesus Buy?" ...

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    "Skin"'s Anthony Fabian: "For days afterward, I had a lump in my throat"

    Anthony Fabian's "Skin," which premiered in Toronto in 2008, and was a finalist for the Audience Award, arrives in US theaters today. The film follows the life of Sandra Laing, a phenotypically black woman born of a white couple in South Africa. indieWIRE spoke to Fabian via e-mail, asking him som...

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    Gabourey Sidibe: "People look at me and don't expect much. I Expect a Lot"

    Gabourey Sidibe knows how to take the stage at a national television talk show. Laughing and dancing her way onto the set at the Ellen show earlier this week she busted out moves that were choreographed by her roommate just in case she ever got a chance to appear on the talk show. Smiling broadly an...

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    Director Liam O Mochain: From “WC” to VOD

    Liam O Mochain’s "WC" is the bittersweet story of two washroom attendants trying to make the best of their depressing jobs in a Dublin bar. Independently produced within the Irish film community, it went on to screen at festivals such as Montreal, Cairo, Portobello, Galway, and Las Vegas. Released theatrically in the UK in March, it will find its way onto DVD in the UK starting October 26. Prior to its U.S. theatrical roll-out (which begins on November 13), “WC” has debuted on FilmBuff, the Cable VOD channel programmed by Cinetic Rights Management (check local listings). It will next be available on iTunes and Amazon VOD, as well as other bro...

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    Lars von Trier: "I think working with actors is a little bit how a chef would work with a potato..."

    It is well known that Danish director Lars von Trier has not visited America, though many of his films are set here, including his latest feature, "Antichrist," starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. While his films are not generally known for being light viewing, the current film, which debuted earlier this year in Cannes and screened at the recent Toronto and New York film festivals, is especially layered with disturbing (yet beautiful) imagery and psychological trauma. Seeing the expressions on people's faces as they exited screenings in Cannes gave a slight hint that, no matter what one ultimately thought of it, "Antichrist" cert...

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    Uma & Katherine Talk "Motherhood"

    At its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, then festival director Geoff Gilmore introduced to the stage the group of "fucking tough" women involved in Katherine Dieckman's "Motherhood." Beyond Dieckman, who repeated Gilmore's assertion on stage at the screening while introducing her collea...

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    "The Maid" Director Sebastian Silva: "Being a maid in Chile - they're not Mary Poppins"

    "You love them, but there are so many boundaries and conditions," Chilean director Sebastian Silva told indieWIRE last week about his experience growing up with live-in maids in his well-off family in Santiago. His experience with Racquel and Lucy as his family's domestic servants is the backbone fo...

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    "Power"'s Ari Gold: "I wanted to make a movie...without having to throw the things I cared about"

    Director Ari Gold's comedy "Adventures of Power" revolves around a small copper town that has hit hard times. Mineworker, Power, only wishes one thing - that he'd learned to play drums. But his father could never afford to buy him a set, so Power has embraced the next best thing - air drumming. Tired of the constant ridicule from his father and the other mine workers and with nothing but a few dollars, some cereal, and the support of his Aunt Joanie, Power sets off across the country to the "paradise" of Newark, where an underground air drumming crew has invited him to join their team. But as the big air drumming competition looms, so does a ...

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    Theater, Music, and Collaboration: Jay DiPietro on "Peter and Vandy":

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. "Peter and Vandy" opens Friday in theaters.

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