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    13 Great Tips for First-Time Directors from LAFF Filmmakers

    With the 20th LA Film Festival now underway (until June 19), Indiewire out questionnaires asking them a variety of questions including what advice they had for aspiring or first-time filmmakers. Here's the best of what they had to say.

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    LAFF Review: 'Winter’s Bone' on a Farm, 'Runoff' Marks a Strong Debut For Writer-Director Kimberly Levin

    Sprawling between locations -- from mini-mall to creek bed, factory farm to farm house -- "Runoff" spans considerable ground in its dramatics.

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    LAFF Review: Moving Danish Drama 'Someone You Love' Proves it's the Singer, Not the Song

    Pernille Fischer Christensen's drama is a rich and engaging demonstration of how commitment, craft and execution can create something worthy of note despite any seemingly initial familiarity.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Creating a 70s Vibe for 'Cut Bank'

    "Cut Bank" is Matt Shakman's first film. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich, the noir thriller follows Dwayne Mclaren, a young auto mechanic and former high school football star, who tries to escape his hometown.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting in the Fog for 'Man From Reno'

    "Man From Reno" is Dave Boyle's fifth feature film, having previously directed "Daylight Savings," "Surrogate Valentine," "White on Rice" and "Big Dreams Little Tokyo." The film is an ambitious bilingual neo-noir depicting a crime novelist and a small town sheriff teaming up to solve a murder myster...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Siblings Ravi and Geeta Patel Get Personal for 'Meet the Patels'

    Brother and sister, Ravi and Geeta Patel, co-directed "Meet The Patels," an intimate documentary detailing the processes of modern Indian matchmaking. It marks the siblings' first foray into directing. Ravi has previously acted in television shows such as "Scrubs," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...

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    LAFF Review: Jess Weixler And Jennifer Prediger’s ‘Trouble Dolls’ Finds More Drama Than Laughs In Superstition

    A general rule of thumb: if Jeffrey Tambor appears in one or two scenes out of a film, it’s a safe bet those are the best one or two scenes overall. As a trespassing landlord fond of tenant hookups and unannounced showers in their homes, Tambor all but runs away with “Trouble Dolls,” the writing and...

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    Advice For Actors at LAFF: 'Only One Man Can Do It, and You're Not Tom Cruise.'

    Alfred Molina and Olivia Munn weren't given much support when they tried to get into acting, but they're here for you now.

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    LAFF Review: 'Echo Park' Proves The Perfect Place to Get Lost And Find Yourself

    In “Echo Park,” photographer Amanda Marsalis, making her feature directorial debut (with a script written by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta), paints a love letter of sorts to the titular Los Angeles neighborhood, interwoven with the tale of love lost and found between two souls searching for their place...

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    LAFF Exclusive: Poster Debut for Nathan Silver's Latest 'Uncertain Terms'

    The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of the fest) kicked off this week, with the North American premiere of "Snowpiercer" on Wednesday. Plenty of other notable premieres are continuing to roll out this weekend, including Nathan Silver's latest, "Uncertain Terms," and we've got th...

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