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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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Larry Clark, Director of "Wassup Rockers"

    Veteran director Larry Clark ("Ken Park," "Kids") returns to screens with his latest installment of teenage drama in "Wassup Rockers." In the film, a group of South Central skater boys take a ride up to L.A. tonier hoods and go after the local rich girls. They not only attract the girls, however, th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Mat Whitecross, Co-Director of "The Road to Guantanamo"

    A blend between drama and documentary, "The Road to Guantanamo," debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year with much media fanfare. The film is the saga of the Tipton Three. In 2001, the three British nationals traveled to Pakistan for a wedding and later took a diversion to Afghanistan. Along the way, the three were captured by the Northern Alliance who were fighting the Taliban, and were later held by the Americans. The three were then sent to the Guantanamo prison camp where they stayed for two years. Co-directed with Michael Winterbottom ("A Cock and Bull Story"), Mat Whitecross participated in iW's email interview series about the film....

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Lian Lunson, Director of "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man"

    Fresh from a run on the fest circuit that has included stops in Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin (among many others) is Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary about the acclaimed and influential musician. Opening this Wednesday at Film Forum in New York, the movie is anchored at a the "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House in Australia last year. The film features interview footage with Cohen as well as live performances by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Chr...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Patrick Creadon, Director of "Wordplay"

    Will Shortz, New York Times puzzlemaster and connoisseur of word-based brain-teasers, is the primary subject of Patrick Creadon's accommplished and acclaimed documentary, "Wordplay." Creadon investigates what it takes to create a crossword puzzle for the Times, while also highlighting a number of contestants at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The Sundance Film Festival, where the film debuted in competition this year, described the film as "an engrossing, yet lighthearted portrait of an American institution...and its masterful execution produces the same satisfaction as completing a particularly ingenuous and challenging puzzle." Th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Josh Gilbert, Director of "a/k/a Tommy Chong"

    Josh Gilbert's popular festival documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong" looks at the entertainer who made his name as part of the comedic duo, Cheech & Chong. Charged three years ago for selling bongs over the Internet, Chong -- a vocal opponent the U.S. administration's war on terror -- was sentanced to pr...

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