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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Co-Directors of "Quinceanera"

    Made for just $400,000 in the filmmakers' own Los Angeles neighborhood, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera" stars a newcomer cast. The film, its title taken from the traditional Latino ritual of elaborately celebrating a young woman's fifteenth birthday, is the coming-of-age story ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Gela Babluani, director of "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time director Gela Babluani has made quite a splash in the festival circuit with his thriller, "13 (Tzameti)." The film, starring his brother, George Babluani, took the world cinema - dramatic prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as well as prizes last year in Venice and his native Georgia...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Keith Fulton, Co-Director of "Brothers of the Head"

    "Lost in La Mancha" directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's "Brothers of the Head" first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September (where IFC Films acquired the title), and then made its way to the Berlinale in February. The film is the story of conjoined twins who were taken from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their "freakishness" and spit it bacck in teh form of searing punk rock, and an unsettling glimpse into a relationship that is both beautiful and destructive. Written by Tony Grisoni ("Fea...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Aaron Russo, director of "America: Freedom to Fascism"

    Director Aaron Russo's doc "America: Freedom to Fascism" takes on the IRS, the Federal Reserve and other organizations that the film claims "have abridged the freedoms of Americans via money creation, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May, 2008)." Through interviews, the film connects the dots on an alleged systematic erosion of civil liberties in America. Russo is probably best known for serving as producer of the 1979 film, "The Rose," directed by Mark Rydell and starring Bette Midler. In this short correspondence with iW, Russo touches on a "rumor" that eventually prompted him to make this film. Cinema Libre wil...

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    Back to the Garden: 30 Years Later, Albert Maysles Revisits a Classic

    This article was originally published in 2006.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Heather MacDonald, director of "Been Rich All My Life"

    Director Heather MacDonald made a splash on the indie scene in 1995, winning the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival for her documentary "Ballot Measure 9" (tied with "Unzipped") about an anti-gay amendment proposed in 1992 in Oregon by a conservative group. Her latest film, "Been Rich All My Life," chronicles the story of a troupe of tap dancers, the Silver Belles, five former showgirls who danced at the Apollo and Cotton Club in the 1930s and '40s. The young women made history when they were the first to hold a strike by African American performers, walking out of the Apollo on a Saturday night. The women re-grouped in the mid-'80s...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Creators of "The Puffy Chair"

    "The Puffy Chair," made for a low five-figure budget, is the hilarious and poignant breakthrough feature for filmmaking brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass (Jay directed; Mark stars, writes and produces). After a few false starts with other films over the years, the Duplass Brothers began making a name for themselves with a string of successful short films, including "This is John" and "Scrapple" which each debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. In "The Puffy Chair," Mark Duplass stars as a failed rocker turned booking agent who is determined to drive across the country to deliver his dad's birthday gift -- a big purple Lazy Boy recliner he...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Edmond" director Stuart Gordon

    Starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles, director Stuart Gordon's ("Re-Animator") "Edmond" is the story of a successful businessman who abandons his wife and family after a fateful visit to a fortune-teller. Following her musings, he leaves on a voyage to New York's seedy underworld in a quest for...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Dinello, Director of "Strangers with Candy"

    Paul Dinello's "Strangers with Candy" had its origins as a television series on Comedy Central. Starring Amy Sedaris, the series and movie (a prequel to the television show) is a comedy about a 47 year-old ex-junkie and con who returns home after 32 years as a runaway and enrolls in high school after she discovers that her father had slipped into a coma after skipping home. She hopes that by picking up where she left off, her father will return to lucidity. The film had its debut at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Warner Independent Pictures, only to drop it soon after. ThinkFilm later acquired "Strangers with Candy"...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Kyle Henry, Director of "Room"

    Continuing its theatrical run, Kyle Henry's "Room" will open at New York's Pioneer Theater in the East Village this Wednesday. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Henry's first fiction feature debuted at Sundance last year and later had its international premiere at the Cannes Fil...

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