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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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    "Trucker" Director John Mottern On Michelle Monaghan, Financing, and the Planets Aligning

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. "Trucker" opens in theaters Friday.

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    Carey Mulligan On Her "Education"

    "It was one of those things that was such a good script, but it's about a girl, so it might never get made," "An Education" star Carey Mulligan told indieWIRE. "So when it did, and we were finally on set, I couldn't believe we were there. These films fall apart, and it's so heartbreaking that they d...

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    "Visual Acoustics"' Eric Bricker: "The Photographs Sang to Me"

    "Visual Acoustics," which premiered at last year's Los Angeles Film Festival, is a doc that celebrated Southern California's own Julius Shulman, one of the world's most renowned architecture photographers. The film, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, is especially poignant because Shulman died around the ...

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    An Education Clips

    An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's...

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    The Coen Brothers: Where You Grow Up is Part of Your Identity

    Now that they've won tandem Oscars for best picture and director -- for 2007's "No Country for Old Men" -- the Coen Brothers are clearly in a new phase of their career. It goes without saying that their post-"Country" films will be looked at in a different way, perhaps discussed with a new level of ...

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    "Afterschool"'s Antonio Campos: "Continue to Experiment and Play"

    After playing in official selection in Cannes, Berlin, SXSW and NYFF last year, Antonio Campos's film "Afterschool" is arriving in theaters. Campos' directorial debut - the film was honored with two Gotham Award nominations and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. The film follows Robert, a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school. When he accidentally captures on camera the horrific death of two girls, he’s tasked with memorializing their lives in a film meant to help speed up the school's healing process. For some, this exercise only deepens the trauma. indieWIRE spoke to Campos about the film, which...

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    "Videocracy"'s Gandini: "I'm really interested in how you can destroy a democracy by tits and ass"

    "Italy is probably the only country in the world where celebrity/TV and political power is merged together in the person of Silvio Berlusconi," said Italian director Erik Gandini last week in Toronto. His film, "Videocracy," spotlights a cult of celebrity worship and TV junkies that, the director be...

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