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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Take Out" Co-director Sean Baker

    Co-director Sean Baker's "Take Out" centers on the day in the life of Ming Ding, an illegal Chinese immigrant working as a deliveryman for a Chinese take-out shop in New York City. Ming is behind with his payments on his huge debt to the smugglers who brought him to the US. The collectors have given...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Operation Filmmaker" Director Nina Davenport

    After an award-winning run on the festival circuit, including the Documentary Award for AFI Fest and the KNF Award from the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Nina Davenport's "Operation Filmmaker is beginning a limited theatrical release this Friday, June 6. The film follows Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi man who appeared on MTV's "True Life" series explaining his dream of becoming a filmmaker. The episode caught the eye of actor-director Liev Schreiber, who hired Muthana to work on the set of his film "Everything is Illuminated." Davenport decided to film Muthana's experiences on set, which led to her personal entanglement in the situati...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Bigger Stronger Faster*" Director Chris Bell

    After making an award winning short film just after graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Chris Bell makes his feature directorial debut with the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*." As one might imagine, the characteristics of the steroids subculture are imbedded in a few pieces of th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Tuya's Marriage" Director Wang Quanan

    Chinese director Wang Quanan's romantic drama "Tuya's Marriage" is set in Inner Mongolia about a hardworking and hardheaded desert herder who refuses to be settled in a town in accordance with the new industrialization policy. She is kept busy with two kids, a disabled husband and 100 sheep to care...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Reprise" Director Joachim Trier

    Combining pop whimsy with nuanced characters, Joachim Trier's "Reprise" constructs a simultaneously moving and satiric portrayal of two young struggling writers, Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner) and Phillip (Anders Danielson Lie), in Norway's chic modern professional scene. After a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and a similar response later that year at New Directors/New Films, "Reprise" remained without distribution until producer Scott Rudin, a fan of the film, pressured Miramax's Daniel Battsek to purchase it. Incessantly lively, filled with contemporary references, and containing a number of creative flourishes to help gi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Bloodline" Director Bruce Burgess

    Documentarian Bruce Burgess has directed a series of conspiracy-oriented films over the past decades, from 1996's "Dreamland: Area 51" to 2002's "Bigfootville." In his first foray into theatrically released documentaries, Burgess (who usually hosts the films as well) takes on the so-called "bloodline conspiracy" that suggests that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, and that she had his child. Taking over three years to complete, the film is the first investigation into this conspiracy to bring forth new evidence in the form of both a mummified corpse bearing a red cross and a buried chest with artifacts dating back to Christ's days. indieWI...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Battle for Haditha" Director Nick Broomfield

    As a documentarian, Nick Broomfield has dissected American pop culture with films like "Biggie & Tupac" and "Kurt & Courtney." With his more recent forays into narrative feature filmmaking, he has broadened his scope to include global issues. "Ghosts" explored the dark world of Chinese migrant workers in the UK, and his latest work, "Battle for Haditha," which opened at Film Forum earlier this week, recreates the infamous 2005 incident where U.S. marines murdered two dozen Iraqi civilians in a small village, driven by rage after encountering a roadside bomb. An attempt by the military to cover up the role of the American soldiers in the slaug...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Hollywood Chinese" Director Arthur Dong

    Documentary director Arthur Dong has been working since the early 1980s, when one of his first shorts, "Sewing Woman," was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, he has directed a series of docs on political and social issues, including 1994's Peabody Award winning "Coming Out Under Fire" and 1997's Sundance favorite "Licensed To Kill," which took a chilling look at the lives of people convicted of violent hate crimes against gay men (Dong himself was a victim of gay bashing in 1977). His latest work, "Hollywood Chinese," goes in a different but certainly not less imperative direction, examining the placement of Asian-Americans in Hollyw...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Redbelt" Director David Mamet

    Well, you can't accuse David Mamet of slacking off. That "Redbelt," his new martial arts film, hits the screen May 2, while "November," a hilarious political broadside, plays to packed houses on Broadway highlights the man's amazing productivity. In the theatre, Mamet has created, of course, his own dramatic idiom, a tough-guy vernacular of fractured speech and pauses which masks male insecurity, while skewering venality and the decline of values. With his 1988 "House of Games" he annexed a second career directing films, often centered on con men and tricksters. The hyper-busy Mamet has also written numerous screenplays. Add to that essays, n...

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    TRIBECA '08 INTERVIEW | "Old Man Bebo" Director Carlos Carcas and "Donkey in Lahore" Director Farama

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors who have films screening at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

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