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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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Tom Vaughan, Director of "Starter for 10"

    British director Tom Vaughan's "Starter for 10" centers on Bristol University student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) during his first year at school. His friends at home worry he'll change into a "poncey wanker," though his preoccupation is making the team for the long-running British television quiz show, "University Challenge." Amid the typical antics of a university student, Brian is also drawn to two co-ed students. One is a blonde bombshell, while the other is more cerebral and politically conscious. This is the first feature for Vaughan who has directed for British television. "Starter for 10" won the audience award at the 2006 Austin F...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jasmila Zbanic, Director of "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams"

    "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" director Jasmila Zbanic began making films in 1997 when she founded the artist's association "Deblokada," through which she produced, wrote and directed numerous documentaries, video works and shorts. In her first feature, Zbanic tells the story of a daughter and mother living in the Grbavica section of Sarajevo in the aftermath of the war, which ravaged the former Yugoslavia. The daughter wants to participate in a school trip, but her struggling mother tries to find a way to pay for it. The daughter is also trying to find a certificate proving her soldier father's death in the war, which would allow her a di...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Director of "The Lives of Others"

    German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck made his mark early on at home with his short "Dobermann," taking best short film at the Dresden Film Festival as well as an award at the Munich Film Festival. His latest film, "The Lives of Others" (Das Leben der Anderen) surrounds East Germany's secret police (Stasi) and a famous couple living in the DDR. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big stars, although they secretly don't always maintain the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service ag...

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