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    UPDATE: TRIBECA '07: Slimmer 34 Film Competition Planned for Tribeca's 6th Fest; Spotlight Lineup An

    In a shift from recent editions in which the Tribeca Film Festival expanded its lineup from year to year, TFF is tightening its roster for its sixth annual edition. Set for April 25 - May 6, 2007 in New York City, this year's festival will present a total of 159 features and 85 shorts, a drop from t...

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    Reuters: New documentary makes case for "The Saint of 9/11"

    A new documentary film makes a case for sainthood for Mychal Judge, a New York Fire Department chaplain who died at the World Trade Center in the September 11 attacks. One of the best-known victims of the worst attack on U.S. soil, the Franciscan friar chose to join his men within the North Tower rather than remaining on the sidelines and died at age 68 after giving last rites to a fallen firefighter. Glenn Holsten's film, "The Saint of 9/11," shows Judge moving in often-conflicting social circles: a proud Irish-American; a recovering alcoholic helping others fight addiction; a confidant for tough, gritty firefighters, and a celibate homosexu...

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    "Blessed by Fire" and "The War Tapes" Take Tribeca Film Festival Honors

    Two war-inspired films took top honors at the 5th Tribeca Film Festival. "Blessed by Fire" (Iluminados por el Fuego) by Tristan Bauer and U.S. director Deborah Scranton's "The War Tapes" won the Best Narrative Feature prize and Best Documentary Feature prize respectively during an awards dinner thi...

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    "Blessed by Fire" and "The War Tapes" Among Top Tribeca Film Festival Winners

    Two war-inspired films took top honors at the 5th Tribeca Film Festival. "Blessed by Fire" (Iluminados por el Fuego) by Tristan Bauer and U.S. director Deborah Scranton's "The War Tapes" won the Best Narrative Feature prize and Best Documentary Feature prize respectively during an awards dinner this evening (Saturday) in Chinatown in Lower Manhattan. "Fire," (Argentina, Spain) is based on the memoir of a veteran of the Falklands Islands War between Argentina and the U.K. in the early '80s, while present-day Iraq is the backdrop for "War Tapes," which chronicles the stories of several members of a National Guard unit deployed to Iraq sharing ...

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    Reuters: Hollywood wonders "What would Jesus direct?"

    Long criticized by conservative Christians for profiting from violent or sexually graphic films that corrupt the young, Hollywood is starting to see there is money to be made catering to those critics. "On Sunday, 43 percent of America was in church," Jonathan Bock, head of a movie marketing company...

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    TRIBECA '06: The Doc Is In: "Toots" and "Rock The Bells"

    There has been considerable griping among buyers again at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with industry-types maintaining that there simply are not enough quality films to warrant the size of the festival's program. In the case of the event's doc programming, though, insiders and audiences alike ...

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    Trbeca All Access Honors "Beast" and "Box" in Third Annual Awards

    The Tribeca Film Festival's program spotlighting U.S. based filmmakers of color, Tribeca All Access, announced the winners of its TAA Creative Promise Awards Thursday night, with Sterlin Harjo's screenplay, "Before the Beast Returns" taking the narrative section prize and Lacey Schwartz winning the documentary section prize for her documentary work-in-progress, "Outside the Box." Also receiving an honor was Milton Liu for his screenplay, "John Huges Ruined My Life," which took the screenplay section prize. Honorable mentions went to Shola Lynch for "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" in the documentary section as well as Ose Oyamendan for...

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    AP: Tribeca Films Show Varying Takes on Iraq

    "Several documentaries playing at the Tribeca Film Festival offer perspectives on the war in Iraq that you won't get from the news. One is 'The War Tapes,' which made its world premiere over the weekend and was shot entirely by members of the New Hampshire National Guard; another, 'The Blood of My Brother,' focuses on a Baghdad family mourning the death of a son, who was shot by U.S. forces while protecting a mosque. Also making its world premiere at Tribeca is 'When I Came Home,' about an Iraq war veteran who returned to Brooklyn suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up living out of his car. Finally there's 'Home Front,' a...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unac...

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    TRIBECA '06: In a Time of Change for the Movie Business, Talking About Emerging Distribution Platfor

    While John Cassavetes is hailed as the godfather of the modern independent film movement, many have argued that the Indiewood business model was truly born when Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired and released Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" in 1989. But now, that model seems to be chang...

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