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    American Independent Film Awards to Recognize Micro-Budget Indies

    With film markets and festivals focusing increasingly on bigger budget indie films that ultimately oust their micro-budget counterparts, a breakthrough response to the trend was inevitable. Director Michael Tully and editor-in-chief of IONCINEMA.com Eric Lavallee have decided to offer independent fi...

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    VOD Platform Fandor Announces Partnership with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories

    San Francisco-based VOD platform Fandor has announced a partnership deal with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories.

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    Forest Whitaker to Receive 2013 Actor Tribute at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards

    Forest Whitaker will be presented with the Actor Tribute at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced.

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    The Original DIY Filmmakers: The New York Punks of 'Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film'

    There have been plenty of history books written about independent film, but few take the expansive, international view of journalist and critic David Spaner in his new book "Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film," released this month. "Shoot It!" is a r...

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    William Mapother is Creepy, But Not in "Another Earth."

    When I saw "Another Earth" at Sundance earlier this year, I was caught off guard by the presence of William Mapother. A cousin of Tom Cruise, Mapother recently played the eerie "Other" Ethan on ABC's "Lost," showing up in the first season as a mysterious presence among the plane crash survivors and slowly taking on a more complex dimension over the course of the show (even long after his character was killed off). Although I wrote in my review that Mapother did powerful work in "Another Earth," which opens this week, it's mostly the material that deepens his performance. I don't really feel for the guy as a frustrated widower; he seems like a...

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    "Our Time," A Documentary About Today's American Youth.

    I've been really curious about "Our Time," a documentary directed by Matt Heineman and Matt Wiggins about four recent college grads traveling the country in a quest to understand it. I have yet to watch the movie, which premiered on the Documentary Channel last night, but there will be other opportu...

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    This Saturday, Check Out the Last Panel on Distribution You Ever Need to Attend.

    I've had a great time putting together a series of events this month to celebrate indieWIRE's 15th anniversary. Although I've only been involved with the site a fraction of that time, I'm always amazed when I hear from longtime readers of the site. indieWIRE has been around to cover some of the biggest accomplishments in (largely American) cinema in recent years. That's what the indieWIRE at 15 series at 92YTribeca and the premiere of the Sundance hit "Bellflower" on Friday are meant to recognize. But there's another aspect of this world--the business side--that indieWIRE has also followed closely. We'll tap into that side of the story on Sat...

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    A Yiddish-Speaker Sees "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish."

    You don't have to find the Yiddish language inherently amusing to get something out of "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish" -- which is currently playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center -- but it helps. A linguistic oddity with oodles of charm, it cleverly satirizes...

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    In Praise of Roman Polanski's "What?"

    Roman Polanski's "What?" is a pleasurably offbeat sex romp that deserves greater recognition among fans of his work. Made in 1972 (but released in the U.S., just barely, with an X rating in 1973; see a review here), the movie preceded "Chinatown," Polanski's universally acclaimed masterpiece, and a...

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    5 John Carpenter Alternatives to "The Ward."

    In a review posted today on the main site, I wasn't exactly kind to John Carpenter's "The Ward," although if it was just some forgettable effort from a first-timer I may have simply ignored it. Instead, it's a forgettable effort from a guy who has made masterpieces and for all intents and purposes should still be able to make them. "The Ward" proves that by containing many of the components of great Carpenter works while failing to bring them to life. Here are a few other options that will remain classics long after "The Ward" fades from memory. ("Halloween" being "Halloween," I have left it off this list. It's not really fair to compare any ...

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