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    Oscar/Spirits Ballot 2010: Sasha Stone

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    Spirits 2010 | Lynn Shelton: "'Humpday' was designed to be affordable."

    Lynn Shelton made quite the impression in 2009 with her second feature film, "Humpday," the story of two straight guys and life-long friends (filmmaker and actors Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard) who decide to shoot and enter a porn film festival with a project that stars themselves (and only themselves). The film received huge buzz in its Sundance debut, and then went on to numerous festivals and events including Cannes, Edinburgh, Provincetown, Seattle, and Los Angeles. It's now been nominated for the John Cassevetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where Shelton won the Someone to Watch Award last year for "My Effortless Brillian...

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    Ebert: To Honor and Be Honored

    Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert has a lot going on these days. Today, the San Francisco International Film Festival announced that Ebert will be celebrated with the Mel Novikoff Award, which goes to an individual or institution who fosters a love and appreciation of film, at the fest's fifty-third installment. The award ceremony, on Saturday, May 1, will precede a screening of one of Ebert's favorite films of 2009, Erick Zonca's Tilda Swinton-starrer "Julia." As The Wrap's Steve Pond reported yesterday, Ebert and his wife Chaz are, this year, endowing the Film Independent Spirit Award's Truer than Fiction Award, given to an emerg...

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    Spirits 2010 | "Practice"'s Alvarez: "Everyone who worked on the film should feel like they own it"

    Kyle Patrick Alvarez makes his feature debut with "Easier with Practice," the story of a man who becomes embroiled in a phone-sex relationship while on a road trip. The film opens in theaters this week, having previously screened at AFI Fest, Edinburgh, and CineVegas among other festivals. indieWIRE...

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    "Hurt Locker" Leads Award Season Heading Into Oscar Night

    After over three months of dozens and dozens of awards announcements celebrating cinema in 2009, the grand finale approaches with this Sunday's Academy Awards. While much media attention has been given to the "Avatar" vs. "The Hurt Locker" Oscar showdown, when one looks back at the awards that prec...

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    Spirits 2010 | "Paranormal"'s Peli: "The film had to have the look and feel of authentic home video"

    Made for only $15,000, Oren Peli's breakout horror hit "Paranormal Activity" went on to conquer the US box office. Now, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Peli discusses how his out-of-left-field hit came to be.

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    Spirits 2010 |"Zero Bridge"'s Tariq Tapa: "We were starting from ground zero every day"

    "We were purely going along by what we could carry on our backs or what we could solve with our hands. It was a very savage or primitive way of working, but I think it taught me to appreciate the things about filmmaking that I took for granted." That's how "Zero Bridge" director Tariq Tapa sums up h...

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    Spirit Awards 2010 | Tom Ford: "I have always been obsessed by film."

    With his critically acclaimed adaptation of Christopher Ishwerood's novel "A Single Man," fashion designer Tom Ford successfully made the leap from designer to director. Ford discusses the film, nominated for three Independent Spirit awards including Best First Feature, screenplay and actor (Colin F...

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    Spirit Awards 2010 | "Crazy Heart""s Scott Cooper: "Truly independent in spirit."

    First time writer, director and producer Scott Cooper has been recognized with Spirit Award Nominations for Best First Feature and Screenplay for his critically acclaimed, "Crazy Heart," which stars Jeff Bridges (nominated for both a Spirit Award and an Oscar) as a hard-living country music singer s...

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    Spirit Awards: The Nominees

    The nominations for the 25th Anniversary Spirit Awards have been announced in Los Angeles. Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson welcomed attendees to the nominations this morning, touting the legacy of the awards and the early nominees, including Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, Jim Jarmus...

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