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Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #9: 'Sexy Baby' Directors Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus

    Filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus met while working as a writer and photographer, respectively, at the Miami Herald. They became fast friends, personally and professionally. "We also made each other laugh constantly," they say, and "soon realized this dynamic worked beautifully when out on news...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #8: 'Beyond the Hill' Director Emin Alper

    Emin Alper holds a PHD in Turkish modern history and teaches at the Istanbul Technical University. While he knew he always wanted to make films, during his university years Turkish cinema was "not in its heyday" and production conditions here "very difficult," he recalls. But soon after starting his...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #7: 'The Virgin, the Copts and Me' Director Namir Abdel Messeeh

    Namir Abdel Messeeh was born in France to Egyptian Christian parents who hailed from "a very poor village of peasants." As a child he would travel to Egypt each year with his parents, but stopped fifteen years ago and lost contact with his relatives. But then he watched a videotape of the Virgin Ma...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #6: 'Postcards from the Zoo' Director Edwin

    Get this: Edwin (yes, just Edwin) says he has "always made the right Oscar predictions since I was very young." But rather than chose to be an Oscar prognosticator, he decided to make movies because he loves them. When he was young he heard about a film school in Jakarta, Indonesia (the Jakarta Inst...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #5: 'The World Before Her' Director Nisha Pahuja

    Nisha Pahuja, New Delhi born and Toronto raised, got into documentary filmmaking after studying English lit, working in social services and then by working as a doc researcher. "For some reason," after starting to make films thirteen years ago, she says, "I still make them--finding people with incre...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #4: 'Death of a Superhero' Director Ian FitzGibbon

    Ian FitzGibbon was an actor for ten years, training at RADA and appearing in "lots of English TV," including "Prime Suspect," before becoming bored and craving a challenge. So he began making short films and directed for TV, before making his first feature, 2008's "A Film With Me In It." And now, "D...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #3: 'Fairhaven' Director Tom O'Brien

    After being a local sports celebrity with screaming fans in Elmira, New York, Tom O'Brien naturally became an actor. A few years in, he decided to start making work for himself and began writing plays at a theater company in New York (All Seasons, run by John McCormack). There, he met actor Chris Me...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #2: 'Certain People' Director Levan Akin

    Making his directorial feature film debut (after directing Swedish TV and the short film, "De sista sakerna," which won Best Children's Film and the Audience Award at Hamberg), Levan Akin brings "Certain People" to Tribeca with the help of writer Lisa Östberg and producer Erika Stark. They wanted to...

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    Get to Know Over 30 Tribeca Filmmakers Ahead of the Festival

    As has been the case for several years now, Indiewire is the place to get to known the Tribeca Film Festival filmmakers ahead of the annual festival in New York City. Today, we're launching the 2012 batch of filmmaker profiles. Expect to see two to four posted per day, leading up to the launch of th...

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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #1: 'Supporting Characters' Director Daniel Schechter

    Daniel Schechter always wanted to make movies and believes his desire to communicate is best served by his skills as a filmmaker. He calls "Supporting Characters" a significant departure from his previous films ("The Big Bad Swim" and "Goodbye Baby") because of its semi-autobiographical nature. Whil...

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