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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Hans Canosa, director of "Conversations With Other Women"

    Director Hans Canosa's romance/drama "Conversations With Other Women" stars Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart as a pair who meet and flirt at a wedding reception. The sexual tension rises as the two leave the party and head to a hotel room, where the night turns into a bounty of passion, but th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ryan Fleck, director of "Half Nelson"

    Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" was a definite favorite at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it quickly grabbed attention from audiences and critics alike. The film features terrific performances by Ryan Gosling as an idealistic yet troubled inner-city teacher who forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students, played by surprising newcomer, Shareeka Epps (who starred in the the short that was the precursor to "Half Nelson," "Gowanus, Brooklyn," which Fleck directed.) A relative newcomer on the scene, Fleck has received accolades along the festival circuit for the film, including a screenwriting award at the Nantucket Film Festival,...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Patrick Stettner, director of "The Night Listener"

    New York-based director Patrick Stettner had quite a local welcome Tuesday night in Manhattan for the theatrical premiere of his latest film "The Night Listener" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His mystery thriller, starring an incredible cast lead by Robin Williams, Toni Collette and Rory Culkin centers on a radio show host (Williams) who begins a telephone relationship with a dying young fan (Culkin). Chaos ensues, however, when the host begins to question the identity of his caller and leads him into a head-on confrontation with his supposed guardian (Collette). This is the second directorial feature from Stettner, who won accolades fo...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Neil Marshall, director of "The Descent"

    British director Neil Marshall made a mark on the film scene in 2002 with his action/horror "Dog Soldiers," garnering awards at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, including a best film nod from the Catalonian International Film Festival. Returning to the genre with his latest, "The Descent," Marshall, who also wrote the film, tells the story of a cave expedition gone wrong. A group of female explorers become trapped following a rock fall and are pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. Their predators, however, are only one source of fear as they begin to turn on each other. The film won Marshall a best director prize from the Bri...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Laura Poitras, director of "My Country, My Country"

    Director Laura Poitras' traveled to Iraq for her latest film, "My Country, My Country." She is known to doc fans for her work in "Flag Wars," co-directed with Linda Goode Bryant, which garnered awards at both Full Frame and the SXSW Film Festival in 2003 as well as a Peabody Award and Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2004. Poitras traveled to Iraq as the Abu Ghraib scandal began to come to the world's attention and found the subject for her latest film, which screened most recently at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film centers around Sunni political candidate, Dr. Riyadh, a medical doctor and father of six. Described by d...

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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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