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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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    For Your Consideration: 10 Surprises From The Spirit Award Nominations

    Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station" topped the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, each nabbing five nods including best feature. The pair were joined in that category by Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer," Cherien Dabis...

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    For Your Consideration: A Guide To The Oscar Precursors

    An eclectic batch of awards offer a considerable honor in their own right, the Oscar precursors are about to start coming at us fast and furious. Starting early next week with the Gotham Awards, Spirit Award nominations, and the National Board of Review winners, and continuing steadily for the foll...

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    Spirit Awards '09: Minute By Minute

    4:00 pm PST: I guess Mickey isn't coming. The show's over, and I need to pee. Check out the whole list of winners here, and come back tomorrow when we do this all again for the Oscars.

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