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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #7: 'Starlet' Director Sean Baker

    "The A-story of 'Starlet,'" says director Sean Baker, "is inspired by a true event that happened to a friend of my father. A large sum of money was found at a yard sale and my father's friend faced a moral dilemma about whether or not to keep it." In the film, Baker has replaced his father's friend ...

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    10 Films To Watch at AFI FEST

    With the eight-day Hollywood-based festival offering films from 28 countries, there are a lot of options to consider in a short time frame, so Indiewire's staff here offers up its ten best choices to help make scheduling a little bit easier.

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #6: 'Eat Sleep Die' Director Gabriela Pichler

    Swedish director Gabriela Pichler describes the protagonist of her film as a "no shit 21-year-old tomboy Muslim immigrant who spends her time looking after her worn-out father, and hanging out with her fellow workers from the vegetable packing plant." Raša Abdulahović, who can pack 12 bags of lettuc...

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #5: 'The International Sign For Choking' Director Zach Weintraub

    A film director Zach Weintraub describes as "a play-by-play reenactment of stuff that has happened to me," "The International Sign For Choking" follows the saga of Josh, a young man who returns with rosy recollections in mind to a foreign city where he studied as an undergraduate, only to find that ...

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #4: 'Not In Tel Aviv' Director Nony Geffen

    In Israeli director Nony Geffen's film "Not In Tel Aviv," a newly-unemployed high school teacher finds himself spinning perilously out of control. Within days of losing his job, Micah rekindles a spark with an old crush, kidnaps a teenage student, kills his mother, and takes on police, feminists and...

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #3: 'Aqui y Alla' Director Antonio Mendez Esparza

    Director Antonio Mendez Esparza hopes that audiences come to experience his film "without knowing much." "Those were some of my best experiences in the cinema," he says. Though at the film's core, Esparza allows, "is a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind. It is the st...

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #2: 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' Director Bob Byington

    "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which recently took home the Special Jury Prize at Locarno, is a sometimes-bitter comedy that follows the vicissitudes of love and friendship over the course of several decades of its protagonists' lives. Having charmed audiences and critics alike, director Bob Byington...

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    Get to Know AFI Fest Filmmakers Ahead of the Event's Launch

    As has been the case for several years now, Indiewire is the place to get to known the AFI Fest filmmakers ahead of the annual festival in Los Angeles. Over the next few days, we'll be posting the 2012 batch of filmmaker profiles leading up to the launch of this year's edition on November 1 with the...

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    Meet the 2012 AFI FEST Filmmakers #1: 'Pearblossom Hwy' Director Mike Ott

    "Pearblossom Hwy," says director Mike Ott (whose 2010 feature "Littlerock" won the Audience Award at that year's edition of the festival), "has a mixture of fiction and nonfiction elements." A partial result, perhaps, of his self-described mild obsession with Mark Bochardt. "Pearblossom Hwy," tells ...

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