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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Sacco and Vanzetti" director Peter Miller

    Peter Miller's doc "Sacco and Vanzetti" centers on Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920 and executed in Boston in 1927 following a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and i...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" co-directors Petra Epperlei

    Co-directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's Toronto International Film Festival '06 doc "The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" centers on a "freedom-loving" Iraqi journalist who is mistaken as British prime minister Tony Blair's would-be assassin and sent to the notorious Abu Ghra...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Air Guitar Nation" Director Alexandra Lipsitz

    Director Alexandra Lipsitz's doc "Air Guitar Nation," which premiered last year at the SXSW Film Festival and also played in Toronto follows the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Two aspiring rock stars strum and strut their way towards glory and the coveted national title. C. Diddy, a samurai warrior clad in a "Hello Kitty" breast plate and red kimono emerges as an early favorite, but his arch nemesis from New York's Lower East Side, Bjorn, is not far behind. As the film reaches its climax, the future of Air hangs in the balance. Will Bjorn's technical prowess, stage performance and airness be enough to take him to the top, or will...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" Director Scott Glosserman

    Scott Glosserman's suspense/horror "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" centers on a seemingly nice small-town guy whose aspirations are to become the world's next great psycho slasher in the vein of Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. A true self-promoter, Leslie gives documentary filmmaker Taylor Gentry and her crew exclusive access to his life as he plans and executes his next great reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them. The film, which won the audience award at the 2006 Gen Art Film Festival in New York, opened in limited release Ma...

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    Miller Talks 300

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "The Host" director Bong Joon-ho

    With his spectacular monster movie, "The Host", Bong Joon-ho takes some advice from the Speilberg suspense-film playbook -- simplify the monster, humanize the people. Marked by a patient and well-crafted beginning, a sunny day at the river's edge becomes a bloody feast for a bumbling creature. When it takes a little girl into its lair for a future snack, the dsyfunctional family it left behind tries to pull it together to save her. As the hottly anticipated followup to Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder," "The Host" quickly became the highest grossing South Korean film of all time. The director answered indieWIRE's questions following the fil...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: James Scurlock, director of "Maxed Out"

    James Scurlock's "Maxed Out" takes on the elephant in the American living room: dept. Using a wide spectrum of characters -- broke college students, a real estate agent riding the property bubble, a banker who's bank has merged so many times he's lost count -- Scurlock weaves a surreal and troublin...

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    UNDISCOVERED GEMS INTERVIEW: Steve Barron, Director of "Choking Man"

    Named Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at last fall's Gotham Awards, Steve Barron's "Choking Man" kicked off indieWIRE's Undiscovered Gems series in February. The monthly film screening series from Emerging Pictures (sponsored by Sundance Channel and The New York Times), is culled from in...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jean-Claude Brisseau, Director of "Exterminating Angels"

    French director Jean-Claude Brisseau's "Exterminating Angels" (Les Anges Exterminateurs) follows filmmaker Francois' preparation on a thriller. During screen tests for a nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by desire to contribute someting new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes fiction and reality on those very same transgressions that are a source of pleasure. Brisseau made his mark early on in his filmmaking career, taking a "Special Award of Youth" award in Cannes for "De bruit et de fureur" in 1988, and later joined the Berlinale comp...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Cam Archer, Director of "Wild Tigers I Have Known"

    Director Cam Archer's "Wild Tigers I Have Known" is a coming-of-age story of a 13 year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality his unrequited love for the cool kid in school. His past work include shorts "American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis" "Godly Boyish" and "Bobbycrush...

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