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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Smiley Face" Director Gregg Araki

    Casually chatting with indieWIRE back at Sundance in January, hours before his latest feature "Smiley Face" would screen for the first time, filmmaker Gregg Araki warned that the film is a departure from his acclaimed previous feature, "Mysterious Skin." After watching it in Park City, we referred to the stoner comedy ias a bit of a "creative palette cleanser" that is simply a lot of fun. Anna Faris shines in the day in the life story of an aspiring actress who has a crazy day after consuming a dozen pot-filled cupcakes. Despite a stellar fest run that has seen the film hit Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, SXSW, and L.A.'s recent AFI Fest, the film...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and the malls open earlier, the film argues that there's something greater that is being lost. Performance activist Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are on a mission to save Christmas from the "Shopocalypse." Backed by his Gospel Choir, the Reverend travels coast to coast to address the shopping addictions. The Church saves souls through...

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    iW PROFILE | "Southland Tales" Director Richard Kelly

    A boxer/action star suffering from amnesia who is pushing a screenplay about the end of the world. An entrepreneurial porn star with her own talk show, energy drink, and a pop song called "Teen Horniness is Not Crime." A police officer with doppelganger issues who is caught up in a conspiracy with a neo-Marxist group. A disfigured Gulf War veteran/drug addict who serves as the "Southland Tales" narrator and in a drug addled state imagines himself in a musical number performing a song by The Killers. All of these elements (and more, way more) make up Richard Kelly's new film "Southland Tales," which is finally hitting the big screen on Novembe...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Steal a Pencil for Me" Director Michele Ohayon

    Love survives the Holocaust in doc "Steal a Pencil for Me" from Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon ("Colors Straight Up"). An unhappily married couple is imprisoned at a concentration camp in 1943, and they are surprised by the arrival of the man's mistress at the same camp. Years earlier in Amsterdam, Jack, an unassuming accountant, first meets Ina at a birthday party, a 20-year-old beauty from a wealthy diamond manufacturing family who instantly steals his heart. But Jack's pursuit of love will be complicated; he is poor and married to Manja, a flirtatious and mercurial spouse. When Jack's wife objects to the "girlfriend" in spite of thei...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "War/Dance" Co-directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

    Directing duo Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's doc "War/Dance" is set against the backdrop of Uganda's 20 year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army. The Sundance '07 film tells the story of Dominic, Rose, Nancy and their school in the Patongo Internally Displ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fat Girls" Director Ash Christian

    Actor/director Ash Christian's "Fat Girls" center on Rodney (Christian) and his Rubenesque friend Sabrina (Ashley Fink) are valiantly suffering through the indignity known as high school. Both are outcasts; he's gay and she's overweight. Trapped in a small Texas town and having come to accept his "fat girl" within, Rodney is an aspiring Broadway star who musters up the energy to confront his fears and take life -- and the hot new student from England -- by the horns. "Fat Girls" won best feature at the North Carolina, Birmingham and Indianapolis gay fests as well as the "Coup de Coeur" at the Image + Nation Montreal gay fest. Regent Releasing...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Darfur Now" Director Ted Braun and Actor Don Cheadle

    About once a week a feature appears in the New York Times documenting the most recent breakdown in progress toward a lasting peace settlement in the huge Darfur region of Sudan: a massacre of civilians in the southern Darfur city of Muhagiriya by Sudanese government forces and their paramilitary fro...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" Director Julien Temple

    Director Julien Temple's doc "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" takes a look at the frontman for British punk band the Clash. The film explores not just the legend and music of Strummer, who died four years ago, but also reveals him as a true communicator of his times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of his life, Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer -- before, during and after the Clash. Temple won an audience award at the 2000 Sao Paulo International Film Festival for "The Filth and the Fury." "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" screened in competi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lagerfeld Confidential" Director Rodolphe Marconi

    Director Rodolphe Marconi follows up a trio of well-recieved features ("This is My Body," "Love Forbidden" and "The Last Day") with his first documentary, "Lagerfeld Confidential." "Confidential" takes a deeply personal look at Karl Lagerfeld, the pony-tailed fashion titan. Created out of 200 hours ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Wristcutters" Director Goran Dukic

    Director Goran Dukic's comedy "Wristcutters" revolves around Zia (Patrick Fugit) who is distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend and decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ex-girlfriend has also "offed" herself, he sets out on a road trip, with his Russian rocker friend, to find her. Their journey takes them through an absurd purgatory where they discover that being dead doesn't mean you have to stop living. The Sundance '06 film has received several festival nods including tthe audience award...

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