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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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "King Corn" Director Aaron Woolf

    Directoer Aaron Woolf's doc "King Corn" is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes f...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Khadak" Co-Director Jessica Woodworth

    Co-directors Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens drama "Khadak" takes place in Mongolia. The film revolves around the epic story of Bagi, a young nomad confronted with his destiny to become a shaman. A plague strikes the animals and the nomads are forcibly relocated to desolate mining towns. Bagi saves the life of a beautiful coal thief, Zolzaya, and together they reveal the plague was a lie fabricated to eradicate nomadism. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic section last January and won the Luigi De Laurentiis Award at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. Woodworth took some time out to answer some questions fo...

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    Terror's Advocate: Barbet Schroeder Talks

    Barbet Schroeder is one of those brainiac filmmakers, like Werner Herzog, who moves effortlessly between docs (General Idi Amin Dada), features (Reversal of Fortune), studios (Murder by Numbers) and indies (Barfly), in whatever country (Maitresse) or language (Our Lady of the Assassins) that suits h...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Finishing the Game" Director Justin Lin

    Director Justin Lin's "Finishing the Game" revolves around the unexpected death of Bruce Lee, a world-wide phenomenon and established movie star who passed away at the zenith of his popularity. Having already shot scenes for his upcoming movie, "Game of Death," studio heads decided to complete the film by launching a search for his replacement attracting hopefuls from all around the world. Finishing the Game" is an action-packed "re-imagining" of that casting process for Lee's replacement and examines the leaps and bounds Asians have taken in media representation...or have they? Lin received a Spirit Award nomination for "Better Luck Tomorrow...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "For the Bible Tells Me So" Director Daniel Karslake

    Director Daniel Karslake's doc "For the Bible Tells Me So" revolves around the stories of of five conservative Christian families and explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state. The film explores the confrontation between religion and homosexuality Through the experiences of five Christian American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and others. The Sundance '07 film has taken audience prizes in Seattle, Milwaukee and Outfest. First...

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