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    International Sales Agent: Shoreline has 2 Films in World Cinema

    Morris Ruskin, Founder of ShorelineBy Guest Blogger Peter Belsito

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    Producers to Watch: Ted Hope

    By Peter Belsito, Guest Blogger‘New financial realities will have a profound effect on the types of films we can make.’This is Sydney here inserting my own editorial:How does Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene , exec produced by Ted Hope, fit into Ted's mantra on new films for today? I won't be able to judge for myself because the six screenings scheduled are literally sold out and this year the press and industry screenings seem to be equally hard to get into. There are masses of people interested in the Sundance films and the subject matter of this one in today's cultish climate seems to be hitting home. We'll wait to hear the reviews...

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    Oscar® Watch: Even the Rain (From Spain): Revised January 19th: I'm Rooting For This Underdog

    See the trailer here. Today January 19, as the Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Submissions for Nomination is announced, I find myself rooting for Tambien la Lluvia for its brave subject matter and ambitious storytelling. But I must admit that the reason I am not rooting for for Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful", Susanne Bier’s Golden Globe winner “In a Better World, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Dogtooth,” is because I have not seen them! I've heard great things about them though. Nor have I seen Algeria's “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director; Japan's “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakas...

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    The Art House Convergence Conference

    The Art House Convergence: January 17-20, 2011 is having its fourth annual meeting in Utah where Art house theater owners will converge to discuss the issues and new developments which concern their specialty niche in the independent film business. Chairman of the two year old event, Russ Collins, Executive Director of the Michigan Theater, (collins AT Michtheater.org, +1 (734) 646-0528 spoke to me at length about these concerns. Other theater owner friends have discussed the issue of staying solvent in a small universe when they must fight to wrest away the "larger" art house films from cineplexes which are increasingly adding 1 or 2 venues...

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    International Sales Agent of Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries): UTV

    Dhobi Ghat means "washing area" which explains so much more of this beautiful film than "Mumbai Diaries". The washing area epitomizes the man who washes and delivers laundry to a reclusive artist and also to a rich young American Indian photographer who meets and spends a night with the artist. The Mumbai Diaries epitomize a woman whose video diary is discovered by the artist when he moves into his new apartment, an artifact she left behind, and the photographs of Shai, whose father owns buildings in the neighborhood where the story of these four people takes place. This is a very special, unusually "western" story, not like the usual comm...

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    Oscar Watch: Belgium - Illegal by Olivier Masset-Depasse

    LUX Prize Nomination 2010 - Oliver Masset-Depasse, directorUploaded by Cineuropa. - Interview with Olivier Masset-Depasse, Director and Writer of Illégal (Illegal)

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    Top 10 Box Office Winners, International Markets and the Indies

    This top 10 list is Hollywood 100%. The major studios constitute a completely different business from the indies. They can carry on business as usual, luxuriating in the ease of releasing without sweating too much over originality or innovation. They are expanding with their big budget films into the realms of transmedia to brand their films across toys, games, webisodes, telecom shorts, clothing, TV series, etc. They own real estate and the means of distribution if not of production. The reason they are mentioned here be me at IndieWIRE is that their presence determines the world market on many levels. On the face of it, there is no rel...

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    Africa in Film: White Wedding

    There are not many films released in the U.S. from Africa and White Wedding is a delicious romp around South Africa, a road trip from Johannesburg to Durban, a mix and match of races and nationalities. Jann Turner ♀, a white female director whose anti-apartheid father was killed in front of her, makes movies with her black partners that capture the humor and pain of today's South Africa.The Little Film Company, who brought the world the 2005 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film Tsotsi, is going to release the DVD/ VoD version on January 25 through Image Entertainment. Robbie Little and I have had long discussions about digital m...

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    Oscar Watch: Peru - Undertow (Contracorriente), directed by Javier Fuentes-León

    Then there is Contracorriente from Peru. After its great success at San Sebastian, Sundance, and LALIFF, this great film is receiving good solid distribution from Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative and good solid international representation from Shoreline. This is one of the most beautifu...

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    Transmedia in the Making: Argentina Attacks from a New Angle

    Variety January 3-9, 2011 reports on Argentina's Mancha Productions creating webisodes to appear on the website of the popular Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion. Cell phones, laptops, iPads and other devices are also targeted media for the webisodes as are other Spanish speaking markets. This article purports to show how creative one can be in spite of not being able to secure TV airtime.Looking at webisodes in a transmedia context, a feature film can transform into webisodes and create new content to promote the movie while boosting advertising and loyalty in newspaper media. Why pay newspapers to advertise the movie when you can share adv...

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