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    REVIEW | Looking for Stability in a Soggy Mississippi: Lance Hammer's "Ballast"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Anthony Kaufman reviewed "Ballast" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film opens in limited release this week.]

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    FIRST PERSON | Ted Hope: How The New Truly Free Filmmaking Community Will Rise From Indie's Ashes

    This morning, Saturday September 27th in Los Angeles, producer Ted Hope gave the keynote speech at Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum "There is no crisis," Hope proclaimed in his opening comments. How can there be a "Death Of Indie" when Indie -- real Indie, True Indie -- has yet to even live?" he ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | What Was Hot This Summer at North America's Three Biggest Short Film Festivals

    Every summer the three biggest short film festivals in North America open the doors of their air-conditioned movie theaters and entertain hordes of festival goers eager to check out the best short films the world has to offer. In Toronto, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival exhibited 268 films du...

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    REVIEW | Shock Defect: Clark Gregg's "Choke"

    Let's say the least you expect of art is that it shows signs of a coherent designing intelligence, and the least you expect of entertainment is that it doesn't make you wish you were looking at something else. Now let's move on to "Choke," which is neither, adapted from a Chuck Palahniuk novel by ac...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Amexicano" Director Matthew Bonifacio and Writer Carmine Famiglietti

    Director Matthew Bonifacio and writer Carmine Famiglietti's "Amexicano" is the story of an Italian-American and a Mexican illegal immigrant form an unlikely friendship in Queens, New York. Bruno (Carmine Famiglietti), is lazy, out of work and late with his rent. When an opportunity for work comes al...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    iW NEWS | "Slumdog" Wins in Toronto

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won the People's Choice Award this afternoon as the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival approaches its conclusion in Canada. The festival's Discovery Award went to Steve McQueen for his first feature, "Hunger," winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes ...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Gigantic" Breaks Out; "Pedro" Does Justice To Activist; Auds Dig "Ev

    Nobody in the Toronto International Film Festival audience at the Monday evening premiere of "Gigantic," a lovely, funny, unabashedly odd romance from first-time feature filmmaker Matt Aselton, mentioned the name Wes Anderson in the post-screening question-and-answer sessions. But they would have b...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Sunday Night at TIFF: An indieWIRE Diary

    Sunday was a busy night in Toronto. Well over a dozen items were on indieWIRE's list of possible events to cover and we were unsure how to negotiate it. At the last minute, we decided that it might be "fun" to have me attempt to attend every single one. While that certainly didn't end up being th...

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    DISPATCH FROM VENICE '08 | "The Wrestler," "Un Lac," and "Stella" Stand Out During a Troubled Fest a

    As if to prove that good things do, indeed, come to those who wait, Venice on its penultimate day delivered three of its strongest films. It was a pity, then, that almost no one was left to see them, having by then left the Lido with their minds already made up about this year's festival.

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