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    IFP Minnesota Names Seven Finalists for McKnight Screenwriting Program

    Seven projects have been named finalists in the 2006 McKnight Screenwriting program, IFP Minnesota announced Friday. Administered by IFP Minnesota for ten years, the money awarded recognizes and support resident screenwriters of Minnesota who have "excelled in the artistic discipline of writing for cinema." Each applicant submits one narrative feature screenplay, which is judged by professional screenwriters, directors, producers, development executives, and literary agents/managers outside Minnesota. Each of the two winning Fellows will receive a $25,000 cash award for excellence in the art of screenwriting. Additionally, the two Fellows are...

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    Strand Raises Curtain to Tribeca Pic "Backstage"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emmanuelle Bercot's "Backstage," which received its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday. The film stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a pop idol whose life is turned upside down when a young, obssessed fan, played by Islid Le Besco, invades her life when they meet on a television show taping. The deal was negotiated between Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch and Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing during the Tribeca Film Festival. "Backstage" will also be screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival, currently underway, and at the upcoming Seattle International Film F...

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    indieLOOP: Billy Corben's "Cocaine Cowboys"

    During the Tribeca Film Festival, indieWIRE's new online social network/community site, indieLOOP is hosting two discussion groups: Tribeca Film Festival '06 Filmmakers, where we have invited directors from this year's program to post in a group journal about their experience at the festival; and Tribeca Film Festival, where we encourage festival goers to discuss what movies they've seen, parties they've been attending, and who've they've been meeting. In today's Filmmakers journal, Director Billy Corben talks about the world premiere of his documentary "Cocaine Cowboys": "The theater was PACKED! There was a mad scramble for seats and people ...

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    Cannes Fest Adds to Lineup

    Cannes Film Festival organizers announced Thursday that Israeli filmmaker Adrian Caetano's "Cronica de Una Fuga" has been added to the festival's competition section, moved over from the Un Certain Regard section, meanwhile Murali K. Thalluri's first film, "Two Thirty 7" has been added to the Un Cer...

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    TRIBECA '06: Uptown and Downtown With "Walker Payne," "Boy Culture" and "Big Bad Swim"

    On the first full day of screenings Wednesday, Tribeca Film Festival organizers presented some 40 individual showings throughout Manhattan, more than half of them for Midtown and Uptown audiences for the first time. Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal stepped out onto the stage at the Tribeca Perform...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Past Cannes Titles "Clean," "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," and "Three Times" Take thei

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is a new column from indieWIRE, covering films debuting this week in theaters.]

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    With Focus on Global Issues and Music, Nashville Film Fest Shines

    Partly through luck and partly through spunk, the just-concluded Nashville Film Festival suddenly has a documentary prize with real clout. It's called the Reel Current Award and it goes to a doc that provides insight into a contemporary global issue - as chosen by Al Gore and his wife, Tipper. (They...

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    NY Times: "The TV Set" at the Tribeca Film Festival Sends Up the Making of Sitcoms

    David Carr reports on "The TV Set," screening Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Where does bad television come from? "The TV Set," a movie that has its premiere tomorrow night at the Tribeca Film Festival, considers the question of agency, or blame, for the dreck that generally passes for the mo...

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    "American Cannibal" Claims Premiere Audience in East Village

    The Reeler reports on last night's premiere screening of "American Cannibal" at the Tribeca Film Festival, "More than a handful of this year's Tribeca selections have evoked that most puerile of criticisms in me: the one that shakes my head and insists to myself and anyone who will listen, 'Jesus Christ--I can make a better movie than that.' And then there are the few exceptional films that I not only enjoy but also ruminate on for hours or days afterward, thinking, 'Jesus Christ--not only can I not make a better movie than that, but I should fucking distribute that film.' The inner distributor in me is particularly excited about the document...

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    indieWIRE Presents: "Four Eyed Monsters" at Apple Store Soho This Friday

    indieWIRE continues its monthly series this Spring with Apple Store - SoHo that presents indie film professionals discussing various aspects of the filmmaking process. On Friday, April 28th, (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m) filmmakers Susan Buice and Arin Crumley will discuss their autobiographical digital feature film, "Four Eyed Monsters," (made entirely on a Mac) which they are marketing through a unique video podcast series. The film, which screened at Slamdance and SXSW (among many other film festivals) blends narrative and non-fiction elements and captures the ups and downs of a relationship between two young, frustrated artists who meet online. ...

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