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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Stephanie Daley" Writer/Director Hilary Brougher

    Writer/director Hilary Brougher's drama "Stephanie Daley" centers on 16 year-old who is accused of murdering her newborn. Stephanie (Amber Tamblyn) claims she never knew she was pregnant and that the child was stillborn. Meanwhile, a forensic psychologist, Lydie Crane (Tilda Swinton) is hired to determine the truth behind Stephanie's continuing state of denial. Lydie, however, is pregnant herself and also graplling with her shaky marriage as well as a growing intuition that something may be going wrong with her own pregnancy. "Stephanie Daley" has won several festival awards, including best director at the Jackson Hold Film Festival as well a...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Syndromes and a Century" writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a Thai filmmaker who works well outside his country's studio system, is well known to Cannes audiences. "Tropical Malady" won a jury prize in 1994 while "Blissfully Yours" took the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program in 2003. His latest film, "Syndromes and a Cent...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Year of the Dog" Writer/Director Mike White

    Writer/director Mike White's drama "Year of the Dog" centers on happy-go-lucky secretary Peggy who lives with her beloved dog. Pencil, however, unexpectedly dies and Peggy must embark on a journey of personal transformation... White is a veteran actor, writer and producer, winning best screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 for "The Good Girl." He also won a Spirit Award for "Chuck & Buck" in 2001 for Best Feature for under $500,000 (shared with director Miguel Arteta and producer Matthew Greenfield), and also won the Best Male Performance prize for "Chuck & Buck" at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival. "Year of the Dog" is White's ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Everything's Gone Green" Director Paul Fox

    Director Paul Fox's comedy "Everything's Gone Green" stars Paulo Costanzo as Ryan, a twentysomething slacker "willing" to fall into accidental success. After losing his job the same day he is dumped by his yuppie girlfriend, he gets a dispiriting job with a tacky lottery magazine, photographing winners and writing their stories. In his Mandarin-language class, he meets the lovely Ming (Steph Song) though she's involved with a fast-talking scammer, Bryce (JR Bourne). Bryce uses a money-laundering scheme involving the new lottery winners and Ryan soon finds himself into the lifestyle of the suddenly rich and not-otherwise-likely-to-be famous......

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lonely Hearts" Director Todd Robinson

    Writer/director Todd Robinson's "Lonely Hearts" is based on the true story of two homicide detectives, played by John Travolta and James Gandolfini, who track killers Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez (Salma Hayek and Jared Leto), a pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers." The two lure their victims--often war widows--who answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a "sexy Latin lover." With Martha posing as Ray's sister, they bilk elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murder them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. Robinson won an Emmy for TV's "The Legend of Billy the Kid" in 1994 and ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis" Director Mary Jordan

    Director Mary Jordan's doc biopic "Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis" centers on underground filmmaker, photographer, actor, performance artist, Lower East Side fixture, homosexual, and anticapitalist Jack Smith who was a central figure of New York underground culture from the 1960s until his death in 1989. This portrait of Jack Smith is replete with an assemblage of photographs, film clips, and audio recordings of Smith's own voice, while resurrecting the seminal importance of Smith to the entire development of the 1960s New York underground scene. The film received an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and is curre...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dreaming Lhasa" Co-Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

    Co-directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's "Dreaming Lhasa" is the story of a young woman who has grown up in New York and returns to her roots in McLeod Gunj, Dharamsala, home of the exiled Dalai Lama, to make a film about India's Tibetan community. Along with her assistant, a disaffected local yo...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Live Free or Die" Co-Directors Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin

    Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin's film takes its title from the U.S. state of New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die." The film is a deadpan comedy about a clueless, aspiring criminal named John "Rugged" Rudgate (Aaron Stanford), who spends his days forging rebate coupons and selling speakers out of the back of his van. "Rugged" runs into an acquaintance one day (Paul Schneider) who recently returned home to help his cynical sister (Zooey Deschanel) run a storage facility they inherited from their father. It doesn't take long for "Rugged" to try and move his way into the family enterprise, but things go wrong, and the situation is exacerbated by...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Black Book" Director Paul Verhoeven

    [EDITOR's NOTE: Sony Pictures Classics will release director Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" in limited release in the U.S. Wednesday, April 4.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Hawk is Dying" Director Julian Goldberger

    Director Julian Goldberger drama "The Hawk is Dying" starring Paul Giamatti and Michael Pitt centers on a man out of place in the world and not comfortable in his own skin. Working as an auto-upholsterer, he lives with his divorced sister and her 20 year-old autistic son. He is also the unwitting ca...

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