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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "A Walk Into The Sea" Director Esther Robinson

    Winner of the 2007 Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival, Esther Robinson's "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory" is a personal journey into the story behind Esther's uncle Danny Williams 1966 disappearence. At the time, Danny was Andy Warhol's lover and a promising filmmaker, and "Walk into the Sea" explores the discovery of 20 never-before-seen films that Danny made during his time working at the Factory (which included subjects like Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Paul Morrissey) and combines them with interviews with surviving Factory members. The result is a "dismantling of the Warhol...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Nanking" Producer Ted Leonsis

    Producer Ted Leonsis' "Nanking" (directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking, which was then China's capital, to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen, including a Nazi named Jo...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Billy the Kid" Director Jennifer Venditti

    Director Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid" is a humorous verite portrait of Billy, a 15 year-old outsider growing up in small-town Maine. In many ways, he's a typical teenager who is into heavy metal music and dreams of being a rock star. But he's also unique. A troubled past and ongoing behavioral issues have left him marked. But he's unapologetic about his personality and refuses to be victimized. Billy is funny, sharp, strangely wise for hs age and remarkably candid. Audiences view life from his perspective -- from intimate conversations with his mother, to being bullied at school to his fantasies of becoming a superhero. The audience al...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Director Julian Schnabel

    Julian Schnabel is death-haunted. This might sound odd about the acclaimed artist and scenester noted for the raw energy of his work, a man with an ego to match his outsize canvases, who has segued with seeming ease from painting to filmmaking. Yet ask Schnabel about "The Diving Bell and the Butter...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Protagonist" Director Jessica Yu

    Jessica Yu's latest documentary, "Protagonist," takes on the ambitious topic of applying the dramatic structure of classical Greek playwright Euripedes to contemporary life. Centering on four rather damaged individuals, Yu uncovers the conditions and decisions that brought them to their present state. They include a German terrorist, an "ex-gay" evangelist, a bank robber, and a martial arts student. Certainly a departure from her other current project, the narrative comedy "Ping Pong Playa" (which debuted in Toronto this September), Yu continues to expand her extensive resume, which includes the Academy Award winning short doc, "Breathing Les...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "How To Cook Your Life" Director Doris Dorrie

    Doris Dorrie, the German director behind 2000's sibling dramedy "Enlightenment Guaranteed" and 2002's acclaimed "Naked," has returned with her latest release, "How To Cook Your Life." "Life," an ode to taking care of yourself, follows Edward Espe Brown, a Zen priest, cook and bestselling author. It ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Smiley Face" Director Gregg Araki

    Casually chatting with indieWIRE back at Sundance in January, hours before his latest feature "Smiley Face" would screen for the first time, filmmaker Gregg Araki warned that the film is a departure from his acclaimed previous feature, "Mysterious Skin." After watching it in Park City, we referred to the stoner comedy ias a bit of a "creative palette cleanser" that is simply a lot of fun. Anna Faris shines in the day in the life story of an aspiring actress who has a crazy day after consuming a dozen pot-filled cupcakes. Despite a stellar fest run that has seen the film hit Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, SXSW, and L.A.'s recent AFI Fest, the film...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and the malls open earlier, the film argues that there's something greater that is being lost. Performance activist Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are on a mission to save Christmas from the "Shopocalypse." Backed by his Gospel Choir, the Reverend travels coast to coast to address the shopping addictions. The Church saves souls through...

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    iW PROFILE | "Southland Tales" Director Richard Kelly

    A boxer/action star suffering from amnesia who is pushing a screenplay about the end of the world. An entrepreneurial porn star with her own talk show, energy drink, and a pop song called "Teen Horniness is Not Crime." A police officer with doppelganger issues who is caught up in a conspiracy with a neo-Marxist group. A disfigured Gulf War veteran/drug addict who serves as the "Southland Tales" narrator and in a drug addled state imagines himself in a musical number performing a song by The Killers. All of these elements (and more, way more) make up Richard Kelly's new film "Southland Tales," which is finally hitting the big screen on Novembe...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Steal a Pencil for Me" Director Michele Ohayon

    Love survives the Holocaust in doc "Steal a Pencil for Me" from Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon ("Colors Straight Up"). An unhappily married couple is imprisoned at a concentration camp in 1943, and they are surprised by the arrival of the man's mistress at the same camp. Years earlier in Amsterdam, Jack, an unassuming accountant, first meets Ina at a birthday party, a 20-year-old beauty from a wealthy diamond manufacturing family who instantly steals his heart. But Jack's pursuit of love will be complicated; he is poor and married to Manja, a flirtatious and mercurial spouse. When Jack's wife objects to the "girlfriend" in spite of thei...

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