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    Sundance Production Diary: Ira Sachs on Sound Mixing 'Love is Strange' at Skywalker Sound

    Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On") returns to Sundance this year with his latest, "Love is Strange," starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a gay married couple in New York, forced to live apart. Prior to its world premiere in Park City, Sachs provided Indiewire with an exclusive excerpt from his ...

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    Want to Win a Trip to Sundance? Here's Your Shot.

    If you're not one of the lucky filmmakers who have been selected to show your work at this year's Sundance Film Festival, never fear. You've got a shot at a trip to Sundance, courtesy of General Assembly,

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    Nicolas Winding Refn Opens Up About His Failures: 'I've come to realize I'm probably not the world's greatest filmmaker'

    This year has been a contentious one for Nicolas Winding Refn. Two years after his previous film, "Drive," was a sensation at Cannes, and garnered him a director's prize, his latest film, "Only God Forgives," had a much rockier reception on the TK. This might be why the Danish director was especiall...

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    Ted Hope's Mission to Make Indie Film Better Begins With These Two Ideas

    Producer-turned-festival programmer and overall champion of independent film Ted Hope has lately been percolating with ideas for how to energize independent film and make sure that up-and-coming filmmakers receive both the financial and critical attention they need.

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    Here Are Seven Directing Lessons From 'The Immigrant' Filmmaker James Gray

    James Gray began his Marrakech Film Festival Master Class with a self-deprecatory warning to everyone in attendance at the Salles des Ambassadeurs at the Palais de Congress, including moderator Scott Foundas. "I don't think I have anything to say," he claimed, before embarking on an earnest, enterta...

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    Thessaloniki International Film Festival Asks: Do Filmmakers Like Being Classified?

    An artistic inquiry threaded its way throughout the 10-day event: Are film movements and classifications a good thing or are they limiting?

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    How the Arab Spring Changed the Arab Screen and Why You Need to Start Paying Attention

    "I took this video so that people know what really happened," whispers the protagonist of Rags and Tatters, Ahmad Abdallah's urgent yet understated Egyptian drama set amidst—but apart from—the 2011 revolution. That's a sentiment that's pervaded the new Arab cinema showcased at this year's Abu Dhabi ...

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    Why Do Film Festivals Reject Good Films?

    Can a film's subject matter or style hurt its chances for exposure?

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    Quentin Tarantino's Producer on 'Renewing' Hollywood with Indie Talent, and the 'Holy Grail' of the Film Industry

    Hollywood needs to remain focused on cultivating promising creative talent even as the international demand for genre films grows, according to veteran producer Michael Shamberg, speaking at Virginia's Middleburg Film Festival over the weekend.

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    Ted Leonsis Takes on 'High Priests' of Film Industry at Middleburg Film Festival

    A debate over the role of the traditional film industry in an increasingly democratized medium unfolded at the inaugural Middleburg Film Festival in northern Virginia.

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