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    NYFF '07 Critics Notebook 2 | Sisters Doing it For Themselves at New York Fest; and a Little Boy on

    "Let's hear it for the girl...Let's give the girl a hand..." These could be signature lyrics (with apologies to Denise Williams) for a number of pics in the second half of the NYFF. Many are about women; four (all foreign) are directed by females. Odd, given that most of the films in the first batch...

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    NY NY | "Blade Runner" Wows at NYFF, "Culture" Infuriates, "Kid" Delights

    This week in Gotham, the New York Film Festival was in full swing with its 45th annual run of being the most prestigious act around, offering up a bumper crop of contemporary cinema alongside a 25th anniversary screening of "Blade Runner" and a coinciding academic panel. Away from the hubbub, Lynn ...

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    NYFF '07 Critics Notebook 1 | Finding Jewels Amongst the Famously Selective

    (Many candy) apples and (a couple of sour) oranges: The 45th edition of the New York Film Festival, running September 28-October 16, is underway. Comparing movies is a drag, especially in a noncompetitive event, but the choices in this famously selective fest (28 "official" features on top of the si...

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    NY NY | Tropfest in Tribeca, "Fatboy" Uptown and Yom Kippur

    This week in New York, the Film Society of Lincoln Center gave its younger cineastes a chance to loosen up with "Run, Fatboy, Run", while Two Boots Pioneer Theater provided a place for Jewish New Yorkers to atone for their sins. And the Tribeca Film Festival threw its first "Tropfest@Tribeca", an o...

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    IFP MARKET '07 | Indie Org Awards Grants, Services as NYC Independent Film Week Wraps

    More than $100,000 in cash, donations and services were awarded on Thursday afternoon as the Independent Feature Project (IFP) showcased filmmakers and their new projects during the organizations annual "Independent Film Week" in New York City. Eunhee Cho received the inaugural Adrienne Shelly Direc...

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    IFP MARKET '07 | "Honeydripper" Launches NYC Independent Film Event; Fest Folks Talk Premieres at Co

    Nearly three decades after attending the first Independent Feature Project market with his debut feature "Return of the Secaucus 7," filmmaker John Sayles kicked off the 2007 IFP Market -- and the umbrella event, Independent Film Week -- with the U.S. premiere of his new film, "Honeydripper." Hailed as the "First Couple" of the independent film scene by IFP board chair Ira Deutchman, Sayles and longtime producer Maggie Renzi were praised for remaining "fiercely independent." Introducing Sayles and Renzi prior to the AMC Loews Lincoln Square screening, Deutchman added that "at a time when the defition of independent film is murky at best," the...

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    NY NY | Film Society Takes Annual Look South with "Latinbeat," Film Forum Lauds De Lavallade and Ho

    This week, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center presented its Latinbeat series, showcasing a selection of contemporary Latin American cinema as well as a sidebar of four much-loved recent Mexican breakthroughs. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), meanwhile, saluted the under-appreciated films ...

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    NY NY | "Yuma" Invades Lower Manhattan; "Frownland" Recalls the Early DIY

    A fitting week for cowboys and outcasts alike, this has been a week of bizarre dichotomies in the New York film scene as Lionsgate hosted their premiere of the "3:10 To Yuma" in Lower Manhattan. Cast members Peter Fonda and Ben Foster stopped by for the intimate event, which took place in the screen...

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    NY NY | Nixon Era Films, Looking Back at a Silent NY and that 'Mumble'-thing Shines in Gotham

    This week in New York saw two celebrations of zero-budget filmmaking. At the Museum of the Moving Image, Larry Cohen's independently made 1972 debut "Bone" got a proper screening, at last, while at the IFC Center Aaron Katz' far less political Mumblecore mood piece "Quiet City" kicked off a week of ...

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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope and New Line Home Entertainment to Spawn "The Business of Being Born"

    North American rights to Abby Epstein's "The Business of Being Born" have been acquired by Red Envelope Entertainment and New Line Home Entertainment, the companies announced Wednesday. Red Envelope Entertainment head Bahman Naraghi saw the doc, produced by former talk show host Ricki Lake, during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Red Envelope plans a theatrical release in "key U.S. cities" in October, followed by the film's Netflix launch. New Line Home Entertainment is planning a traditional DVD launch in the first quarter of 2008, according to Kevin Kasha, SVP of acquisitions and programming at the company. Compelled to find answers after th...

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