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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Coach 14

    Andrew MacLean's On the IcePape Boye and Jaume Domenech of Paris based Coach 14 picked up 2 films in Sundance: Terri which ATO had acquired for U.S. in Toronto, and just after Sundance, they picked up what won the Berlinale's Best First Picture Award, On The Ice, a beautifully told story taking place in the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska about two Iñupiaq teenagers ('Skimos' as they call themselves) who have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles and who are caught up in an accidental murder of a third friend while on a seal hunt. Panic stricken, terrifie...

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    Global Girls Go Sundance

    The beloved Global Girls are at Sundance running around interviewing and plying their powers as "minority women" journalists and media pros...both of these teenage girls were trained during the World Cup, Lungile Buhale in Soweto (yes, she flew all the way to Utah on the plane for the first time and will be spending 6 more days in L.A.) and Jessica Cueva from East LA and a student at Santa Monica Community College. They have interviewed Robert Redford, Danny Glover (about his Black Power Mixtapes), Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Newsome (Miss Representation). Geena Davis, Tiffany Schlain (about Connected and Yelp), the producer of Project Nim and a...

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    Miss Representation and Levi Strauss Go Forth in Sundance

    What is most notable as a trend in the films of Sundance is corporate patronage and investment as well as product placement enabling the 7th Art to go forward. From Morgan Spurlock's outright The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which examines the world of product placement, marketing, and advertising by making a film financed entirely by product placement, marketing, and advertising to Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom is showing in U.S. Documentary Competition screened today for the first time. The support it has received from Levis Strauss, whose Shape What's To Come is admirable in that it is built on a large idea for The Mi...

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    Women and Hollywood

    IndieWIRE blog network keeps growing. I welcome Melissa Silverstein's Women and Hollywood blog. Women and Hollywood is always my reference when I want to see what notable events and developments concern women. We both like to tally the number and percentage of women directors at festivals. Rather...

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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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    Africa in Film: African Screens

    The best blog on African films might be African Screens . African Screens is an Online Magazine run by two editors - Chinaka Iwunze and Don Omope.

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    When are Films Political?: Women Without Men

    Women Without Men premiered in Venice in 2009, went on to Toronto and Sundance, was picked up by distributors around the world, including Indiepix for U.S. and still remains one of my all time favorites. It is so unknown here that any chance for a public to see it is special. It is the first film of Shirin Neshat ♀, a well know Iranian visual artist. Co-directed by Neshat's partner Shoja Arari, Women Without Men (2009, 99') is a political thriller and as such the film is highly relevant in our times—particularly in view of the June 2009 elections in Iran, and with the U.S. continually embroiled in neighboring Muslim countries such as Iraq a...

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    Oscar Watch: When We Leave (Die Fremde)

    This past summer I spent in Berlin and was invited to the first screening of When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film. I was welcomed to the screening by a tall young man who turned out to be American but had come to Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and stayed to enter the film business there. We became friendly and he asked my advice about going to UCLA film school where he had applied. I strongly suggested he go if accepted, telling him he would have such an advantage over others because he already had the international perspective so needed in film today. Not only is ...

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    Slamdance Narrative & Docs

    IndieWIRE posts the Slamdance selection of ten narrative and eight documentary features for this year’s event, taking place January 21 - 27. “All Is Not Lost” is the theme for this year’s Slamdance and all films, the fest touts, have been “made on a small budget and head to Park City without distr...

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    Latino Days Are Here Again!

    Looking forward to what's new at Ventana Sur and being able to watch films via Cinando during the event itself, I am made aware that Latin America has a rapidly expanding film industry due to new technologies, new well trained filmmakers and governments who have stepped up local support of local filmmaking. The current call for submissions for Cine En Construcion, the twice-yearly rendezvous held at the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals gives a welcome place for networking in Toulouse on March 24 and 25, 2011. This initiative by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse focuses ...

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