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    Indiewire and Film Comment Announce Finalists for 2014 NYFF Critics Academy

    Participants will meet critics and other members of the industry while producing new work in a deadline-driven environment.

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    Are Projectionists Dinosaurs in the Age of Digital Cinema?

    Once upon a time, film projectionists were stars. Between 1895 and 1897, people would pay in order to see the brand new technology that allowed moving images to be projected on a screen. But more than 100 years later, film projectionists are a dying breed. Indiewire spoke to projectionists at the re...

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    In 'Songs From the North' and 'Durak,' Community Goes to Extremes

    From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

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    From 'Modern Times' to 'The Iron Ministry': Learning to Love the Machine

    Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.

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    'The Iron Ministry' and 'Horse Money': Of Non-Places and Men

    New movies from Pedro Costa and J.P. Sniadecki find themselves everywhere and nowhere.

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    How to Make a Documentary in North Korea Without Being Hassled

    Soon-Mi Yoo's feature debut, "Songs from the North," which aims to shed some light on the people of North Korea, was awarded the award for Best First Feature at the recent Locarno International Film Festival. Her very personal documentary essay stands out even in a festival as diverse and open to ex...

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    Found Footage Films Use Cinema's History to Uncover Its Future

    Movies like "Songs From the North" and "The Tony Longo Trilogy" create new images without shooting a frame.

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    How Italy's Oldest Film Company Helped Redefine Women's Roles

    Italy’s oldest production company, Titanus, gets a comprehensive retrospective at Locarno.

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    Is It Time to Let Go of the French New Wave?

    As the Nouvelle Vague tag has grown to encompass filmmakers who weren't originally part of it, does it stop us from seeing their new films on their own terms?

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    Here's Why You Shouldn't Ignore Short Films at Festivals

    At the premiere of this year's short film slate (dubbed the "Pardi di domain") at the recent Locarno Film Festival, head programmer Alessandro Marcionni explained that the mission statement of Locarno's short film finalists is to "identify and highlight new talent." Often thought to be the realm of ...

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