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    PEOPLE: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

    [This interview first appeared in indieWIRE's sister publication covering film in the Bay Area, SF360. For additional coverage of the San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the SF360 website.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Diggers" Director Katherine Dieckmann

    Director Katherine Dieckmann's "Diggers" starring Lauren Ambrose, Josh Hamilton and Paul Rudd is set on Long Island, NY on the cusp of the Ford-Carter U.S. presidential election. Though ads in the local bar talk about a "change coming over America," the local clam diggers are more worried about losi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Zoo" Director Robinson Devor and Writer Charles Mudede

    Director Robinson Devor's doc "Zoo" delves into an incident that rampaged through the Internet and tabloids alike. In July, 2005, a man was taken to a hospital, dying from a perforated colon. The cause? Having sex with a horse. According to a Sundance Film Festival description, where the film premiered in January, "although the incident made headlines, 'Zoo' is the complete antithesis of what you expect." The film is not "graphic" or "exploitative." Most of it takes the form of recreations, but from the point of view of the men... Devor won a special jury prize in 2000 at the Florida Film Festival for "The Woman Chaser" as well as the audienc...

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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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