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    Spirit Awards 2011: Previewing An Exceptionally Oscar-Friendly Showdown

    This Saturday afternoon, Film Independent's Spirit Awards will return to the beach in Santa Monica (after last year's unpopular move downtown) for its 26th annual edition. And as indieWIRE's recent poll of critics and bloggers suggest, it's going to be an interesting afternoon.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | Best First Feature Award Nominee Frazer Bradshaw

    Frazer Bradshaw was first drawn to filmmaking through experimental cinema. His first feature, "Everything Strange and New" is currently nominated for a Spirit Award in the Best First Feature Category. The film follows a man as he struggles to understand himself and his adulthood. indieWIRE caught up...

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    Oscar/Spirits Ballot 2011: Robert Horton

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    SPIRITS 2011 | John Cassavetes Award Nominee Bradley Rust Gray

    Premiering way back at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, Bradley Rust Gray's "The Exploding Girl" opened theatrically this past March to very warm reviews. The film follows Ivy (Kazan), a young epileptic woman home for summer break from college. Ivy struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the summer. This weekend, "The Exploding Girl" will compete at the Film Independent's Spirit Awards in the John Cassavetes Award category, which honors low-budget filmmaking (Gray was nominated in the category last year for producing "Treeless Mountain"). indieWIRE caught up with Gray over an e-ma...

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    SPIRITS 2011 | Updated List of Spirit Award Presenters

    The 26th Film Independent's Spirit Awards have been announced the list of presenters for this year's ceremony, which returns to the beach after last year's detour to downtown Los Angeles. Joel McHale will host the ceremony, which takes place in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The ...

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    SPIRITS 2011 | John Cassavetes Award Nominee Matthew Bonifacio

    Premiering way back at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Matthew Bonifacio's "Lbs." was finally released theatrically this year. Following a 315-pound man who decides to kick his food addiction by moving to the country, the film is finding a happy ending to its rather extraordinarily lengthy delay in...

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    SPIRITS 2011 | "Get Low" Director Aaron Schneider

    This profile of Aaron Schneider, who directed summer indie hit "Get Low," was originally published upon the film's release. The film has since gone on to receive a Spirit Award nomination for best first feature.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | "Marwencol" Director Jeff Malmberg

    This first-person Jeff Malmberg wrote about his acclaimed documentary "Marwencol" was originally published upon the film's release. The film has since gone on to receive a Spirit Award nomination for best documentary.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | "Please Give" Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener

    This profile of "Please Give" writer-director Nicole Holofcener was original published upon the film's release. She has since gone on to a receive a Spirit Award nomination for best screenplay, while the film was honored with Robert Altman Award, which celebrates an ensemble cast.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | "Rabbit Hole" Director John Cameron Mitchell

    This interview with "Rabbit Hole" director John Cameron Mitchell was originally published during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The filmmaker has since gone to be nominated for a Spirit Award for best director.

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