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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "No End in Sight" Director Charles Ferguson

    Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight" is another in a long line of important Iraq documentaries. But the film's precision, what the New York Times calls a "mathematical" indictment of the current administration, is what separates it as a closely observed, investigative piece. Ferguson answered some...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Moliere" Director Laurent Tirard

    With the ascent of President Nicholas Sarkozy -- who jogs, plays at French cowboy, and has a jones for things American -- the Gauls and the Yanks have entered a cautious entente cordiale. The coziness in the political arena is echoed on the cultural front this summer by Americans' love affair with French cinema. This holds true especially for the mainstream entertainments that find distribution here. Viewers can get their French fix without getting lost in arthouse longueurs, or pistol-whipped by such Cannes faves as Bruno Dumont's "Flandres," with its rutting couples and atrocities of war. Now from Sony Pictures Classics comes Laurent Tirar...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Devil Came on Horseback" Co-director Annie Sundberg

    Directors Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's "The Devil Came on Horseback" exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness and who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it. Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the doc takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. The Sundance '07 premiere received a slew of festival wins at Full Frame, Nantucket, Seattle and Silverdocs. The ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Camden 28" Director Anthony Giacchino

    Director Anthony Giacchino's doc "The Camden 28" explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment while protesting the war in Vietnam. Featuring a bounty of archival materials and current interviews with former FBI agents involved in the case and...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Cashback" Director Sean Ellis

    British director Sean Ellis' "Cashback" revolves around Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) who takes a job working the nightshift at a local market to pass the hours away after developing insomnia following the break up with his girlfriend. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "My Best Friend" Director Patrice LeConte

    French director Patrice LeConte's "My Best Friend" (Mon meilleur ami) centers on Francois, a middle-aged antique dealer with a stylish apartment and a fabulous life. At a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually like him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce a best friend, she will let him keep a massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers... LeConte won a BAFTA as well as French Cesar Awards for h...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" Director Sara Lamm

    Whoever thinks enlightened can't be found on a soap label hasn't looked closely at that text-heavy blue bottle in the Trader Joe's aisle. From afar Dr. Bronner's unadorned, institutional-like bottles look as if they're covered with warnings (one of the big ones: DILUTE!). Rather, they are packed with mind-twisting moral teachings. Even looking for some instructions gives you a healthy dose: "Enjoy body rub to stimulate body-mind-soul-spirit and teach the essene moral ABC uniting all free in the shepherd astronomer Israel's greatest all-one-god-faith!" Sara Lamm's documentary about Dr. Emanuel Bronner, master soapmaker, self-proclaimed ra...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Drama/Mex" Director Gerardo Naranjo

    In Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo's "Drama/Mex," two interlaced stories unfold over the course of the same long, hot day in the once lush and now decadent resort town of Acapulco. The first involves the beautiful and cool Fernanda, who is forced to deal with the sudden emergence of her ex-lover, Chino. Her boyfriend, Gonzalo, must now compete with the intense sexual tension Fernanda and Chino share. The second story concerns Jamie, an office worker with hidden indiscretions, attempting suicide in a beachfront hotel-until a precocious and equally dishonest teenage girl disrupts his plan. "Drama/Mex" debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Colma: The Musical" director Richard Wong

    If John Hughes were to make a film of small-town teenagers who occasionally burst into song, he still would be miles away from Richard Wong's little-indie-that-could, "Colma: The Musical". Written by HP Mendoza and directed by Wong, "Colma" is a musical loveletter to their hometown and to teenagers...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joshua" director George Ratliff

    [EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published in January as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.]

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