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Meet the 2012 Best First Feature/John Cassavettes Spirit Award Nominees

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    Meet the 2012 Best First Feature Spirit Award Nominees #6: Robbie Pickering, "Natural Selection"

    Robbie Pickering's "Natural Selection" premiered at last year's South by Southwest Festival and garnered breakthrough performance nominations for actors Rachael Harris and Matt O'Leary.

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    Meet the 2012 Best First Feature Spirit Award Nominees #5: Patrick Wang, 'In The Family'

    Patrick Wang's "In The Family" was hailed by the NYTimes as "remarkably fresh," "topical and timeless." First time director (and leading man) Wang studied physics and economics before jumping into theater, where he learned about design and how to work with actors. Now he's up for the Indie Spirit Aw...

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    Meet the 2012 Best First Feature Spirit Award Nominees #4: J.C. Chandor, 'Margin Call'

    J.C. Chandor broke out in 2011 with his feature debut, "Margin Call." Featuring a cast of acting heavies like Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto and Demi Moore, the financial drama was a success in limited release and received an Academy Award nomination for Best...

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    Meet the 2012 John Cassavettes Spirit Award Nominees #3: Matthew Gordon, 'The Dynamiter'

    Good news came for Matthew Gordon's "The Dynamiter," up for the Spirits Awards' John Cassavettes Best First Feature honor; just last week the film got picked up by Film Movement for distribution in the second quarter of 2012.

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    Meet the 2012 John Cassavetes Spirit Award Nominees #2: Adam Reid, 'Hello Lonesome'

    "Filmmaking is a terrible business, but one of the greatest hobbies ever," says director Adam Reid, Independent Spirit Award nominee for his film "Hello Lonesome." Reid's film is a collection of three interwoven short stories about the desire to love and be loved. Reid got hi...

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    Meet the 2012 Best First Feature/John Cassavettes Spirit Award Nominees #1: Mike Cahill, 'Another Earth'

    Mike Cahill's "Another Earth," which he co-wrote and produced with star Brit Marling, premiered at Sundace 2011 before getting a theatrical release courtesy of Fox Searchlight in July.

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