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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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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "I'll Come Running" Director Spencer Parsons and "HottieBoombaLottie" Director

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Tell No One" Director Guillaume Canet

    It's not exactly clear when the trend started, but French filmmakers are currently making the best old-style Hollywood thrillers. The caffeinated pace, requisite chase scenes, intricate plots are all there. But Gallic filmmakers bring something more to the party: distinctive camera work along with a social critique and complex characters who resonate with the over-thirteen crowd. Claude Lelouche's recent thriller "Roman de Gare" plumbed the darker corners of the fame game and a writer's ego. Now comes "Tell No One" from actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet, a major hit in France and winner of two Cesars. Adapted from the novel by Harlan...

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Must Read After My Death" Director Morgan Dews

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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