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    Look at Me: Francois Ozon's Time to Leave

    One has to at least admire Francois Ozon's attempt to articulate a more thoughtful and private perspective on untimely death. Keeping company with outsized melodramas swimming in shallow carpe diem sentiment like "My Life Without Me" (not to mention the reversals of romances like "Autumn in New Yor...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Creators of "The Puffy Chair"

    "The Puffy Chair," made for a low five-figure budget, is the hilarious and poignant breakthrough feature for filmmaking brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass (Jay directed; Mark stars, writes and produces). After a few false starts with other films over the years, the Duplass Brothers began making a...

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    Reuters: Directors tell Gen X'ers to grow up

    More than a decade after "Clerks" and "The Brothers McMullen," Reuters' Bob Tourtellotte looks at new movies from the film's directors Kevin Smith and Ed Burns, two filmmakers who got their big breaks at Sundance in the mid-90s. Comparing and contrasting "Clerks 2" and "The Groomsmen," Tourtellotte notes:While far different in story and style, the films share key themes. New Jersey-native Smith, 35, and New Yorker Burns, 38, look at guys in their mid-30s who refuse to face adulthood. Moreover, the movies join a growing list of works in pop culture, such as Christopher Noxon's book "Rejuvenile," that reflect a generation which, as it matured, ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Huntsberry Joins Paramount, Moore Expands Role

    Frederick Huntsberry has been named COO of Paramount Pictures Corporation, while Rob Moore (head of worldwide marketing, distribution and business affairs) has been given additional duties overseeing home entertainment and digital media. Huntsberry joined the company from G.E.

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    Looking for Conservative Docs

    Given the wide-range of left-leaning documentaries, why isn't there a complementary number of conservative ones seen at film festivals or ultimately in theaters? Thats the question asked in a New York Times piece today by John Anderson who explores the liberal bias in U.S. documentaries and wonders where the right-wing films are. Noting that festivals like Sundance, Seattle, IDFA, or the NYFF simply don't receive such films, he quotes Wash Westmoreland (director of the upcoming narrative feature "Quinceanera" and the recent doc "Gay Republicans"), The thing that drives you to make a documentary is seeing it as a way to social change. Societie...

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    U.S. Eyes Growing Russian Film Industry

    Anticipating what could be double-digit growth in the next five years, a number of U.S. companies and producers have their eyes on the Russian film industry. According to a New York Times piece by Laura M. Holson and Steven Lee Myers: Russia's movie industry, following a torpid decade that mirrored ...

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    First Person: indieWIRE @ 10, And Counting...

    When we launched indieWIRE ten years ago today, July 15, 1996 we immediately began to try to define the term "independent film." In the very first issue we wrote about the sale of the Angelika Film Center to a local New York movie circuit and we've debated the term 'independent' internally and on ou...

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    Herwitz Selling "Laundry"

    The Film Sales Company has nabbed worldwide sales rights to Maurice Jamal's "Dirty Laundry. The film is the second feature from the filmmaker and recently screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York and Frameline in San Francisco. Starring Loretta Devine, the film is the story of a Southern black family rocked by the news that their son is living under a pseudonym and with a white boyfriend. The film will screen this weekend at Outfest in Los Angeles and has secured the support of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization), which has been hosting additional screening...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: France and Brazil Seek Spotlight (and Mamet, too), Among Others

    Films from France, and one from Brazil, mark this week in theaters. As was already well-explored in Anthony Kaufman's world cinema this week, no fewer than three French features by acclaimed Gallic filmmakers will be vying for Bastille Day audiences this weekend in a battle that pits Patrice Chereau...

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    SF360: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

    Silents had only been dead for 20 years when "Sunset Boulevard" came out. One generation's cultural norms always look ridiculous to the next generation, which invariably thinks itself the zenith of modernity and cool. It takes more than a couple decades to actually sort the silly from the sublime. And a half-century onward, Norma's puffy pronouncement now seems pretty dead-on: Silent cinema did indeed create star personalities all the more vivid for their having to communicate solely through pantomime. You'll get a big dose of star power -- circa Roaring Twenties -- this weekend as the San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents its 11th annu...

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