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    Unapologetically Unashamed: "Not Quite Hollywood" Director Mark Hartley

    Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood" presents "the first detailed examination and celebration of Australian genre cinema of the 70s and 80s. In 1971, with the introduction of the R-certificate, Australia’s censorship regime went from repressive to progressive virtually overnight. This cultural explosion gave birth to arthouse classics, such as 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' and 'My Brilliant Career,' but also spawned a group of demon-children: maverick filmmakers who braved assault from all quarters to bring films like 'Alvin Purple,' 'The Man From Hong Kong,' 'Patrick,' 'Turkey Shoot' and 'Mad Max' to the big screen. As explicit, violent and energ...

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    An Ecological Crisis and Green Filmmaking: "The Cove" Director Louie Psihoyos

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    SDCC Interview: Cameron Talks Avatar

    Here's my Comic-Con interview with James Cameron about how his undersea expeditions informed his return to moviemaking, Avatar. He digs into how he perfected the art of performance capture to allow the warmth of his actors to come through. He wants to do some consciousness-raising with SAG on what p...

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    Spirituality and Fathers and Sons: "The Answer Man" Director John Hindman

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    "New Orleans Mon Amour" Director: "It seemed natural and necessary to make a movie there"

    Michael Almereyda's latest film, "New Orleans Mon Amour," is a love story set in Louisiana and focused on an unfaithful doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his young mistress (Elisabeth Moss). While they both help to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, passion grows and trouble mounts. The f...

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    Friend or Foe? Iranian Filmmaker Confronts Her Past with "The Queen and I"

    "I went back to Iran to film 'Four Wives- One Man' and [they] arrested me for two months and took my passport and they accused me of being a royalist," said "The Queen and I" director Nahid Persson Sarvestani on the genesis of her documentary, which spotlights the exiled Farah Pahlavi, the wife of t...

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    Boaz Yakin's "Death in Love": "I took all the money I had saved over 20 years of working..."

    Boaz Yakin's "Death in Love" revolves around a Jewish woman (Jacqueline Bisset) who saves her life thanks to a love affair with a doctor in charge of human experiments in a Nazi concentration camp. The woman then marries and moves to New York, where she raises two emotionally stunted sons. The eldest son (Lucas Haas) battles his sense of disconnection from life while working at a scam modeling agency, where he befriends a charming young co-worker (Adam Brody) who begins to restore in him a sense of excitement and purpose. The neurotic younger son is locked in a compulsive, co-dependent relationship with his mother. The film opens in limited r...

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    One Hell of a Ride: "Off Jackson Avenue" Director John-Luke Montias

    John-Luke Montias' "'Off Jackson Avenue' is an interwoven crime story set in New York City involving a Mexican woman (Jessica Pimentel) who has been tricked into sex-slavery by an Albanian pimp (Stivi Paskoski) and must find a way to break out; a Japanese hit man (Jun Suenaga) who is in town to do a...

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    Four In Focus: "We Are The Mods" Director E.E. Cassidy

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a collection of interviews with the filmmakers from Outfest 2009's "Four In Focus" selection, which features work from four first time directors

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    Four In Focus: "Hollywood Je T'aime" Director Jason Bushman

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a collection of interviews with the filmmakers from Outfest 2009's "Four In Focus" selection, which features work from four first time directors

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