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    Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel Talks 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    Caleb Deschanel is no stranger to heightened reality, but nothing could prepare the five-time Oscar nominee for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"...

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    The Art of the Mystery Doc: Must-Sees 'Searching for Sugar Man' and 'The Imposter'

    Festival faves "The Imposter" (Indomina, July 13) and "Searching for Sugar Man" (Sony Pictures Classics, July 27) are two hit Sundance docs that play like features. In other words, their directors manipulate their stories so that we are left in the dark, eagerly following clues, seeking the answer t...

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    LAFF: Jonathan Demme Talks 'Passion for Filming Real Life,' Neil Young as 'Wandering Troubador' in 'Journeys' (VIDEO)

    New York flmmaker Jonathan Demme is showing at LAFF the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, "Neil Young Journeys" (June 29), which debuted at Toronto. Demme likes alternating the long gestation and production periods necessary for fiction films with micro-budget documentaries. B...

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    Director Peter Weir on Directing, 'Witness,' the Birth of the Australian Film Industry and More

    Australian Peter Weir is one of our great living directors, having given us such primal and unsettling classics as "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "The Last Wave," "Witness," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander," to name only a few. In this excerpt...

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    New Screen Editor Wendy Mitchell Talks Future Challenges for the Venerable Brit Trade

    Sure enough, Brit entertainment trade Screen International went in-house and promoted Head of Content Wendy Mitchell to succeed Mike Goodridge as editor. Mitchell, who started at the trade publication as a UK reporter in 2005, is Screen's first woman editor, and will run both monthly print magazine ...

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    Meet the LAFF Filmmaker #8: 'Thursday Till Sunday' Director Dominga Sotomayor

    Four of "Thursday Till Sunday" director Dominga Sotomayor's short films have travelled to festivals. "November" and "Below" during his time studying as an Audiovisual Director at Universidad Católica de Chile, and "Videogame" and "The Mountain&...

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    IN THE WORKS: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas Back Oscar-Winning 'Inception' Cinematographer's First Feature (VIDEO)

    That's what a director with clout does: he gives his long-time director of photography a chance to direct. Thus Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are backing Wally Pfister--who won the Oscar for "Inception" and just won an AFI Alumnae Award last week. He cited as his idol Franklin Schaffner ("Papill...

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    'Safety Not Guaranteed' Director Colin Trevorrow Uses The Duplass Effect on TV Stars Plaza and Johnson

    Want to make a good movie? Think Seattle and serial collaborators Mark and Jay Duplass. Colin Trevorrow does not pull back on his praise of Mark Duplass, who helped to produce as well as starring in "Safety Not Guaranteed," which launched at Sundance in January to gushes of praise (here's Time).

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    Interview: 'Your Sister's Sister' Director Lynn Shelton Talks Mark Duplass, Acting, and an Indie Model that Works (VIDEO)

    Slow and steady sometimes does win the race. Indie filmmakers would do well to emulate Lynn Shelton. Trained as an actress and photographer, Shelton shot documentaries and music videos and has been championed by film festivals at her home base Seattle...

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    SIFF Virgin Diary 3: 'Wuthering Heights,' 'Not A Hipster' Interview, Award Winners (VIDEO)

    My third day began with Andrea Arnold's exquisite "Wuthering Heights" at Capital Hill's Harvard Exit theater, built in 1925--- a charming theater and a long film to watch on a sunny Seattle afternoon, but it was well worth it.

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