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    Cholodenko Hosts AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase

    The AFI has long supported fattening the ranks of working women directors--still too thin--with its Directing Workshop for Women. Cari Beauchamp covered Monday night's showcase of recent grads, hosted by Lisa Cholodenko.Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right) opened Monday's AFI showcase at the DGA Theatre and soon had the audience laughing with the tales of serving as an assistant at AFI in the early 90s. She claimed she was totally inept at her job, but used the opportunity to thoroughly study the resumes and proposals of all the applicants to the DWW to learn how to “present” herself, Having learned her lessons well, she got into Columbia...

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    Cannes 2011: Fourplay: Tampa Debuts in Directors’ Fortnight

    Debuting in this year's Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) is Kyle Henry's 17-minute short Fourplay: Tampa, which is the second of four Fourplay shorts set in different cities in Henry's omnibus film. Tampa premieres on May 20 at 11:30 am. Produced by Jason Wehling, the film's executi...

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    "Interview" & "Enrique" Among Top Short Winners at Oscar-qualifying USA Film Festival

    Shorts winners of the 41st USA Film Festival were unveiled this week with Michelle Steffes "The Interview" winning in the fiction category, while Joanna Priestly's "Eyeliner" taking the prize in the experimental category. "Enrique Wrecks the World" by David Chai receivd first place in animation, whi...

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    ShortsHD Launches on DIRECTV: Like A Mini Short Film Festival Each Night

    Shorts fans and filmmakers rejoice. Shorts International now boasts ShortsHD on DIRECTV. Their HD Extra Pack subscribers can now check out channel 568; a selection of the most popular titles will also be on VOD channel 1568. ShortsHD offers a library of titles from Oscar and international festival c...

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    SFIFF 54 Day Three: The Colors of the Mountain, Year Without a Summer, Le Quattro Volte

    Meredith Brody continues her SFIFF diary, day three:I rush along Fillmore to slip into a 1 p.m. screening of The Colors of the Mountain, too late today to do anything but grab three samosas for $5, so greasy that they turn their paper sack transparent before I reach the theater. Three is more than I...

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    Sebastian Junger's Tribute to Tim Hetherington, Video Diary

    As much as I admired Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist who bled to death Wednesday in Misrata, Libya, struck by a mortar, I also respect his confrere and comrade, Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger, who is a fine writer. Check out this Vanity Fair tribute piece (below) he wrote to Hetheringto...

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    Cannes Adds Fortnight, Shorts, Critics Week Lineups, More Films Directed by Women

    The Director's Fortnight sidebar sometimes offers a more varied and fresh line-up--and often more American indies-- than the mainbar selections, although this year more up-and-coming filmmakers made it into the competition than usual.

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    Put Down Your Flip Cam! UCLA's First Barbie Video Girl Film Festival

    If Todd Haynes could make a Barbie Doll movie-- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (trailer below) broke him out at Sundance 1987, but was not cleared for theatrical release--why not UCLA film students?

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    Colin Firth, Unhinged! and Other Highlights from Aspen Shortsfest 2011

    Colin Firth playing a pesky neighbor in Rupert Friend’s “Steve” is just one of the many unexpected scenarios to be found among the 80-plus short films screening at Aspen Shortsfest, which opens today and runs through April 10. With a heavy emphasis on international filmmaking, the prestigious Colora...

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    Ann Arbor Film Festival Names Award Winners: "Jan Villa" Wins Ken Burns Best of Fest

    At the conclusion of the 49th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, the fest announced the following award winners for their various awards, which each come with a cash prize. The Michigan festival, around for nearly a half-century, is one of the leading festival venues for experimental work. Jury membe...

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