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    Is Banksy Campaigning For (Or Against) The Oscars? UPDATED

    Wily Brit street artist and documentary filmmaker Banksy is in Los Angeles, grabbing attention for himself as only Banksy can. That doesn't mean that he does public appearances, or in-person interviews (here's a good email exchange), or shows up at the Academy luncheon. No, he's putting up art, all ...

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    New Directors/New Films Opens with Margin Call, Features Incendies, Happy, Happy, Attenberg, Octubre

    The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the 2011 New Directors/New Films Festival lineup, running March 23 - April 3. J. C. Chandor's Margin Call (here's our Sundance video interview) will open the festival and Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance will conclude the festiv...

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    Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

    Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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    Oscar Video: Santa Barbara Producers and Womens Panels

    For those who missed coverage of last week's Santa Barbara International Film Festival producer's panel, Lynda.com has posted video clips (below). Producers on the panel moderated by the LAT's Patrick Goldstein include Darla K. Anderson of Toy Story 3, Iain Canning of The King’s Speech, Alix Madigan...

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    SXSW 2011 Adds Midnighters, Fest's "Bloody Beating Heart"

    We have the SXSW Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, plus the complete short films lineup for the Austin fest, which runs March 11 – 19. The Midnighters program includes two two midnight feature programs of five films each. Fest producer Janet Pierson calls the programs:“the bloody, beating heart...

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    Sundance Dealbook: Oprah Winfrey Buys Feminist Media Critique Miss Representation

    One of the big stories out of Sundance was Oprah Winfrey's determination to acquire docs for the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club, to do for docs what she has done for books. At Sundance, OWN acquired Chaz Bono's Becoming Chaz, which offers the right combo of celeb biopic and gender-bending exotica. Also feeding the female demo is actress-documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom's earnest feminist media critique Miss Representation, which lays out the argument about how the way women are portrayed in the media--as objects of beauty-- impacts real girls and women. Siebel interviewed a wide range of women leaders including Condoleezza Ri...

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    Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse

    Music doc Thunder Soul is a heartfelt celebration of Funk and the transformative powers of a great teacher. Mark Landsman's doc, which won an audience award at SXSW and Los Angeles Film Fest, among other fests last year, also earned an Indie Spirit nomination. It's about how in the 1970s one teacher...

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    Oscar Watch: Documentary Noms Shockers Explained

    One of the great subjects of debate this Oscar season is what happened with the documentary branch's voting for the final five nominations. Two hits from Oscar-winners were left off the list: Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman and Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, whil...

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    SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?

    The South by Southwest Film Festival has never historically been a market. Set in March in Austin's vibrant film community, nourished by the concurrent SXSW Interactive Fest and the wildly popular Music Fest to follow, SXSW Film Fest has continued under the canny direction of Janet Pierson to nourish indie newcomers, launch male-driven commercial comedies (Simon Pegg sci-fi comedy Paul would be this year's example) and pull a young hip moviegoing demo. One hot ticket this March will be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Last year's SXSW breakouts include Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Gareth Edw...

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    IBM Centennial Shorts: 100 x 100 vs. Errol Morris's They Were There

    To celebrate their centennial anniversary, IBM has produced two videos (below). Compare and contrast 100x100, which tells IBM's history through the eyes of 100 different people, from a 100-year-old to a newborn baby, with Errol Morris’s 30-minute doc They Were There, scored by his frequent collabora...

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