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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" Director Steven Sebring

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published during "Patti Smith: Dream of Life"'s premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Stealing America: Vote By Vote" Director Dorothy Fadiman

    Director Dorothy Fadiman's doc "Stealing America: Vote By Vote" centers on the democratic integrity of the United States in the last two Presidential elections. For more than thirty years, exit polls accurately predicted election results. Over the last ten years that reliability has disappeared. Th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Brideshead Revisited" Director Julian Jarrold

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Miramax Films will open "Brideshead Revisited" Friday, July 25 in limited release.] Bringing "Brideshead Revisited" to the screen presented a trifecta of challenges. Director Julian Jarrold and screenwriters Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock had to compress and reconfigure Evelyn Waugh's layered, elegiac novel, while finding a visual equivalent to convey its famously lyrical prose. In a work that Waugh conceived as a paean to the power of Catholicism they had to highlight themes that would chime with contemporary viewers. And most daunting, perhaps, they'd have to brave the enchantments, still potent after twenty-six years, of ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Bustin' Down the Door" Director Jeremy Gosch

    Director Jeremy Gosch's doc "Bustin' Down the Door" spotlights surfing as a pastime to pro sport in the Hawaii scene of the 1970s. Co-written with wife, Monika Gosch and narrated by Edward Norton, the film takes a look at a group of young people who put it all on the line to create a phenomenon and ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "American Teen" Director Nanette Burnstein

    From John Hughes to Judd Apatow, the plight of the American teen has never lacked appeal in popular culture. But even this steadfast truism doesn't make the concept for "American Teen" immediately salable. A nonfiction portrait of several prototypical seventeen year olds in Warsaw, Indiana, the movi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Baghead" Co-directors Jay and Mark Duplass

    Mark and Jay Duplass recognize the irony of their setting. Sitting in a massive conference room in a Manhattan hotel, the brothers provide a strikingly informal contrast to the lavish decor. Shirts comfortably untucked, they toy around with a couple bruised apples and slovenly place their elbows on the table. It's a reasonable display of contentment. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the sibling filmmakers' low budget sophomore feature, "Baghead," landed a generous distribution deal with Sony Pictures Classics (which opens the film theatrically in limited release Friday, July 25). The mini-major has flown them to New ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Man on Wire" Director James Marsh and subject Philippe Petit

    [Editor's Note: Magnolia Pictures opens the film in limited release beginning Friday, July 25 in New York with a larger roll out in select cities August 8.] "Man on Wire" is the perfect example of matching doc director to doc subject. French tightrope walker and juggler Philippe Petit became world-famous when he walked between the two World Trade Center towers, then under construction, on August 7, 1974 -- a completely illegal if fantastic act that involved complex preparation and shook up New York City's police department. (He had to cross back and forth several times to avoid the cops.) Petit had already achieved artistic notoriety for his ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW |"Boy A" Director, John Crowley

    John Crowley is, above all, an Exception, with a capital 'E.' One, he became a highly regarded established theater director in his native Ireland, but was able to cross over into the medium of film with equal success. And two, he has shown himself masterful in two completely different film genres and styles. To elaborate: Crowley's first feature, "Intermission" (2003), was an ensemble piece in which multiple (mostly raunchy) Irish characters crisscrossed through 11 different storylines, which ultimately converged into a powerful climax. Now he has made "Boy A," set in the UK (where Crowley now resides), the atmosphere of which is totally Eng...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Back and Forth with Ted Leonsis and Eugene Hernandez

    On the eve of the launch of SnagFilms -- as we signed a deal with Ted Leonsis -- indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez got on the phone for an hour to talk with Leonsis about Snag and the state of distribution today, particulary aimed at hearing more about how and why Snag came to be. The acquisition of iW c...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Exiles" Presenters, Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie

    Usually, when established artists place their names on another work, their involvement in its release is somewhat arbitrary (see "Quentin Tarantino Presents," for example). The purpose of Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie presenting Milestone Films' re-release of "The Exiles," however, has a stronger reasoning that's both practical and profound. Last year, Milestone released Burnett's great unheralded classic "Killer of Sheep," a 1977 film that deals with race issues not unlike the ones at the core of "The Exiles." Alexie, an established Seattle-based writer and poet with a few films to his name, focuses exclusively on issues facing modern N...

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