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    Interview with Me!

    You've all seen my face, now you can hear my voice. To hear an interview with me talking about my life in film and basic world sales and U.S. distribution, live on the air, tune in now. I just listened to it and it's kind of an interesting look back to the beginning of the independent film busines...

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    The Girl From the Naked Eye

    by guest blogger Peter BelsitoThe Girl From the Naked Eye starring Jason Yee is an exciting new film that is having a private screening in L.A. next week before its Cannes screenings through Archstone this coming May.Los Angeles Domestic (buyers, distributors) screening on the 31st of March 7pm @ Raleigh Studios. By invitation only. Please contact now if you are interested in coming: Henry Mu (henry.mu AT gmail.com.It is really a pleasure to see something as good as this fit into the genre format(s) so well and artistically.The narrative line is a rare combination of modern nocturnal LA Noir mixed with a martial arts format.Jason Yee plays...

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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

    As the 2010 Census has predicted, the Latino population has grown to over 30% in San Diego County and is the fast-growing population in U.S.. What better way to CELEBRATE & spotlight this new data & sweeping change in our Country, than at the 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 18th year. Lisa Franek joined the festival almost straight out of college and has been given such leeway by the San Diego Media Arts Center to create the festival as she sees it and has shaped it into an event that brings out the Latino community in a way that art house theaters showing similar Latino films envy. Plus she gets to travel to the best festivals. ...

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    Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

    You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

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    Hot Docs' Sean Farnel

    Sean Farnel – The present and future of documentary films

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Figa

    Figa Films Marimbas From Hell just won the $20,000 Ibero Grand Jury Prize in the Miami International Film Festival. This premiered at San Sebastian 2010 and went on to play TIFF 10. Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón, whose Gasolina made an international splash, is now in production on another film to keep in your sites. Marimbas tells the story of Don Alfonso, a deliveryman who also plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument who approaches an underground heavy-metal legend, Blacko, suggesting the two fuse their styles. What results is a distinct Guatemalan story that represents one of the things that the Miami International Fil...

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    Kill the Irishman Makes History

    Going out on two separate theatrical tracks -- specialized through Landmark (Sunshine in N.Y. and on 3rd Street in L.A., as well as commercially where it opened in Cleveland (the land of this legendary gangster and yet telling a story never told before putting The Irishman on a par with Al Capone in...

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    Bombay Beach in Tribeca's Competition

    I met the filmmaker, Alma Har'el, an Israeli filmmaker living in L.A.,on Facebook and heard about her film when I was in Berlin...how the audience loved it and the Q&A afterward went on for such a long time. Lucky for me I could see it at its second screening in the Berlinale's Panorama section. I...

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    Cannes Marche du Film - What's New This Year

    New this year at the Cannes Market:Aside from the five year old Producers Network, a new series of events will take place under the aegis of Producers Workshop. See below the jump for more information.

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    Berlinale Awards

    Separation's Director Asghar Farhadi accepting the Golden Bear What a thrill is was to go to the Closing Night of the Berlinale. It felt like a night among royalty. Dieter Kosslick, with his funny twists in welcoming guests and sponsors, was accompanied by a golden comedienne who translated into English, occasionally lapsing into other unintelligible languages. My stars are those of the business world. The international audience included Francine Brucher, head of Swiss Films, Claudia Landsberger head of Holland's Eye Film Institute, Mohammad Esfandiari of Farabi Cinema Foundation (Iran), etc. and when Beki Probst entered, my section (I was...

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