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    HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case

    There's no question that my reaction to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case was influenced by having seen Lisa Jackson's Sex Crimes Unit, which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival before beginning its run on HBO June 20. Jackson got unprecedented access to the respected Unit of the New York District...

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    LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners

    The Los Angeles Film Festival was hopping for ten days, downtown at LA Live, a straight shot down Olympic Boulevard to an $8 parking lot. The Regal screens are new with a good rake, but the glossy presentation didn't help Richard Linklater's opening nighter Bernie, yet another based-on-a-true-story...

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    Everything You Wanted to Know About This Year's Los Angeles Film Festival

    The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close over the weekend with the world premiere of the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." indieWIRE was on the scene during the 10-day event to review the high profile entries and report on the biggest happenings.

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    LAFF REVIEW | "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Remakes the Original, Minus Most of the Frights

    John Newland's 1973 made-for-TV drama "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is widely considered a high water mark for feature-length broadcast productions. Produced as an ABC movie of the week, it belonged to a series that also included Steven Spielberg's "Duel" and the early Michael Douglas vehicle "Shatt...

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    "Familiar Ground" & "Wish Me Away" Win Los Angeles Film Festival

    St├ęphane Lafleur's "Familiar Ground" won the Narrative Film Competition during an awards ceremony at the Los Angeles Film Festival, while Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi's "Wish Me Away" took Best Documentary at the awards brunch, which took place at CHAYA Downtown and co-hosted by Allison Janney a...

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    L.A. Film Fest FUTURES | "How to Cheat" Director Amber Sealey on Ditching the Script

    Why She's On Our Radar: Sealey's first feature, the relationship drama "A Plus D," played the regional film festival circuit (although Sealey initially generated interest from Sundance). Her latest effort, "How to Cheat," premiered at the L.A. Film Festival last week to generally positive reactions....

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    The Kids Are All Right: The Basics Still Inspire Aspiring Filmmakers

    Kids today are still making Super 8 shorts. The urge to remake "Raiders of the Lost Ark" continues to be irresistible to young men. And pencil drawings have not yet lost the battle to Flash in the realm of teenage-produced animation. A two-part screening of high school shorts at the Los Angeles Fil...

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    Julie Taymor, Alison Anders, Richard Kelly and More at Los Angeles Film Festival Panels

    Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Film Festival hosted a number of panels and other events with a wide variety of figures in the film community. In between covering various screenings, indieWIRE attended a few of these public discussions. Here are the highlights:

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    LAFF INTERVIEW | "Natural Selection" Star Rachael Harris: "I really am a people pleaser."

    Rachael Harris has proven herself to be a very funny person. Her roles have ranged from a brief stint on "The Daily Show" ten years ago to performing opposite Kirstie Alley in "Fat Actress" and playing Ed Helms' bitchy fiancee in "The Hangover." Now, however, Harris has proven she has more than pure...

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    LAFF REVIEW | Brilliant Doc "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" Tells the Sorry Saga of Public Housing

    In the 1950's, the Pruitt-Igoe housing project represented a new chapter in city life. The massive collection of buildings promised comfortable homes to lower class residents, but the its ideal manifestation was short-lived. Sixteen years after its erection in 1956, the city demolished Pruitt-Igoe, ...

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