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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mystelle Brabbee, Director of "Highway Courtesans"

    Director Mystelle Brabbee's doc "Highway Courtesans" follows independent minded Guddi from 16 to 23 ass she begins to question a centuries-old tradition of sanctioned prostitution that started with palace courtesans and now forms the economic core fo her community. Though the village girls willingly...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Aaron Katz, director of "Dance Party USA"

    Director Aaron Katz's 2006 SXSW Film Festival feature "Dance Party USA" is the story of teens, Jessica and Gus. The aimless pair connect at a 4th of July party, but when Gus shares a dark secret, their connection may be severed. Katz co-directed 2005's "All the Stage is a World" with Chad Hartigan a...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Harry Moses, director of "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?"

    "Who the %$#! is Jackson Pollock?" director Harry Moses has spent his career in television and film, for the past 20 years on behalf of his company, The Mosaic Group, Inc. Prior to forming the company, Moses worked with CBS News, producing for "60 Minutes." Moses has been honored with Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on "60 Minutes." In his latest effort, Moses chronicles the story of Teri Horton, a 73 year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education who bought a painting in a thrift shop for...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Crispin Hellion Glover, director of "What Is It?"

    Winner of the best narrative film prize at last year's Ann Arbor Film Festival, Crispin Hellion Glover's "What Is It?" debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. A film that essentially began as a short, the project took a decade to create (overcoming many obstacles) and is not so simply described ...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Steve Anderson, director of "Fuck"

    Steve Anderson's provocative new documentary, "Fuck," debuted at AFI Fest exactly one year ago this week, a few months before it was acquired by ThinkFilm. The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding free expression in this country are among the topics explored in Anderson's new film. Through animated segments by Bill Plympton, and conversations with late author Hunter S. Thompson, filmmaker Kevin Smith, critic Michael Medved, columnist Judith Martin (aka "Miss Manners"), rapper Ice-T, porn figure Ron Jeremy, newsman Sam Donaldson, comedians Bill...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Mark Becker, director of "Romantico"

    Hailed by indieWIRE as one of the ten best films of 2005 without U.S. distribution, Mark Becker's acclaimed documentary "Romantico" is hitting theaters nearly two years after the filmmaker first got the call that his movie would debut at the '05 Sundance Film Festival. On indieWIRE's best undistributed list the film was decribed as, "A touching portrait of a mariachi musician who heads back to Mexico to be with his family, Becker's debut employs an old school verite approach a la the Maysles brothers. Originally about San Francisco street musicians, the project narrowed when Becker discovered Carmelo Muniz Sanchez and traveled with him to his...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Billy Corben, director of "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Billy Corben's doc "Cocaine Cowboys" takes place in a place often though synonymous with the drug--Miami, Florida. Set in the 1980s when the Colombian coke barons moved into Miami with a ruthlessness not seen since Prohibition-era Chicago, the film is a true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and moneyed epicenter of America told by the people who took part in building the illicit empire. Corben won a special jury prize in 2002 (shared with producer Alfred Spellman) for "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He shares with indieWIRE his ideas on film distribution, his insatiable desire to co...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Barbara Kopple, co-director of "Shut Up & Sing"

    Barbara Kopple is anything but a stranger to the world of documentary film, having accomplished notoriety in the genre, directing "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1977. Kopple again took the Oscar for best doc (shared with Arthur Cohn) in 1991 for ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Doug Block, director of "51 Birch Street"

    With the alluring tagline, "Do you really want to know your parents?" Through a close examination of his own family, filmmaker Doug Block explores universal questions about our own mothers and fathers in his new film "51 Birch Street." As indieWIRE documentary columnist Jonny Leahan wrote about the ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Amy Berg, director of "Deliver Us From Evil"

    With a background in network television news, "Deliver Us From Evil" director Amy Berg is an Emmy Award winner for her work, tackling such topics as sexual assault, women in prison, clergy abuse, battered women, unsafe public playgrounds, poverty, illegal drug dispersion, illicit medical doctors and...

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