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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Brand Upon the Brain!" Director Guy Maddin

    Canadian director Guy Maddin has had an illustrious career in not only directing but also writing, cinematography, editing and even acting. 2003's "The Saddest Music in the World" won a slew of festival recognitions as did "The Heart of the World" (2000). His latest release, "Brand Upon the Brain!" follows the story of a mother who "tracks her son's every move, bellowing for him to come home over the 'Aerophone' just as something interesting is about to happen. The intrigue continues as deranged mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and sinister scientist-father who is sequestered night and day in his basement laboratory, engage in diabolic...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Away From Her" Director Sarah Polley

    Actor/director Sarah Polley has won accolades both at home in Canada and around the world for her roles in "My Life Without Me," "Lantern Hill," "Go," and "The Sweet Hereafter" among many others. Her latest directing venture, "Away From Her" starring Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Gordon Pinsent and Kristen Thomson has also garnered festival praise, including at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered last September and at the Sedona Film Festival Stateside where it won the "Excellence in Filmmaking" award. The drama centers on Grant and Fiona, a couple who have been married for decades with a closeness that's unmistakab...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" director Bruce Leddy

    Bruce Leddy's debut feature, "Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace", could be described as the a cappella version of "The Big Chill." The ensemble comedy is about a male a capella group that reunites years later for a long, lost weekend of rehearsal before performing at their friend's wedding. The ...

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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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