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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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    Reuters: First Saudi film festival opens despite clerics

    The first Saudi Arabian film festival opened this week, but the silver screen remains so controversial in the conservative kingdom that the word "cinema" does not even appear in the title. The Jeddah Visual Show Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with two hours of home-grown short films. The public can see the films three times a week for a month. Public movie screenings are taboo in Saudi Arabia, where puritanical scholars believe any depiction of the human form is forbidden in Islam and see the U.S.-dominated film industry as an immoral force driven by sex and violence. "The Ministry of Information and Culture said let's not call it cin...

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    Withoutabox Acquires Film Finders; Embarks on Relationship with Rightsline

    Independent film community networkWithoutabox, Inc. has acquired film production and rights database and consulting company Film Finders, Withoutabox CEO and co-founder David Straus announced Thursday. The company plans to "fully integrate their established business model and operations into Withoutabox's diversified businesses." As part of the acquisition, Film Finders founder and president Sydney Levine and EVP Peter Belsito will become executives of Withoutabox while they continue to run the Film Finders division. In a related move, Withoutabox has entered into a strategic partnership with Rightsline, a provider of enterprise-grade rights ...

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    With a Popular Film Fest, And a New Movie In The Works, Michael Moore Remains in Spotlight

    While Michael Moore works to complete his upcoming feature film, "Sicko," the director is also prepping the second annual edition of his Traverse City Film Festival in Northern Michigan, an event that has generated a tremendous amount of local attention in only its second year. The fest will take pl...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: "Edmond" director Stuart Gordon

    Starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles, director Stuart Gordon's ("Re-Animator") "Edmond" is the story of a successful businessman who abandons his wife and family after a fateful visit to a fortune-teller. Following her musings, he leaves on a voyage to New York's seedy underworld in a quest for...

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    Landmark to Open "Largest Independent Film Center" at LA's Westside Pavilion in '07

    West Los Angeles' Westside Pavilion and Landmark Theatres are collaborating to create what the two describe as "the largest independent film center in the country," the groups revealed Thursday. The new Landmark Film Center at Westside Pavilion also will partner with the Los Angeles film industry and area film schools to "promote the education and training of those pursuing careers in the film industry, and to provide a venue for screening the works of up-and-coming filmmakers." The new Landmark Film Center at Westside Pavilion will be three-stories complete with restaurants on the ground floor, while the second and third floors of the center...

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