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    NEW THIS WEEK: More Than A Dozen Films Debuting - "Bettie Page," "Look Both Ways," "Sisters In Law"

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

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    15th Philadelphia Film Festival Awards Two Honors to "The Camden 28"

    Anthony Giacchino's "The Camden 28" took both the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival, which ended its 13-day event Tuesday (April 11) with a record attendance of 66,300. "Camden" chronicles the FBI investigation and trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War activists, several of whom were clergymen, who vandalized the draft offices of Camden, NJ. In other jury awards, Belgian director Pieter Kuijpers' "Off Screen" took the best feature film prize, while James Marsh's "The King" won best American Independent Film. Goran Dukic's "Writscutters: A Love Story" received PFF's best first film award, while "Half Nelson" filmm...

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    Surging Forward, Sarasota Fest Celebrates Films, Stars and Eyes A Homegrown Project

    The Sarasota Film Festival has a few natural - and some not so natural - resources at its disposal that not all regional festivals can readily exploit. Situated along Florida's central Gulf coast, the average high temperature in April is about 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fest is also blessed wit...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Holloway Moving from Lionsgate to Fox Searchlight

    Lionsgate VP of Publicity Melissa Holloway has been hired as VP of Publicity at Fox Searchlight, starting April 24th. She will be based at the company's offices on the Fox lot in Beverly Hills, CA.

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    Reuters: Film company aims to change black image in US

    Pimps, prostitutes and thugs often have big parts in Hollywood movies set in black America, but if Jeff Clanagan succeeds, audiences may soon see a greater number of smart, independent films about mainstream African-American life. Clanagan formed Codeblack Entertainment this year to distribute films like "Preaching to the Choir," a drama that played at festivals in 2005 and debuts in 150 commercial theaters on Friday. Independent films with mainstream portrayals of urban life most often play at festivals. If lucky, they might be shown in art houses or on a small screen at a megaplex. But for the most part, even independent film backers and di...

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    AP: Court: Ads Violate Filmmakers' Integrity

    A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a TV station violated the artistic integrity of two filmmakers by interrupting their movies with commercial breaks. Swedish director and screenwriter Vilgot Sjoman, who died Sunday, had sued TV4 along with director Claes Eriksson after it interrupted their movies in 2002 with several commercial breaks. The two movies, Sjoman's "Alfred" and Eriksson's "The Shark Who Knew Too Much" were made before Swedish broadcasting laws allowed commercial stations to interrupt movies with advertisements, and the Svea Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling saying the station violated the directors' integr...

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    George Lucas to Serve as "Guest Director" at 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival

    George Lucas will serve as the guest director for the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place Westwood Village from Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, July 2, Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson announced Wednesday evening. As guest director, Lucas will create a special sidebar program of films for the festival, which will include a selection of movies that have inspired his work. In other LAFF news, the festival retreat will be hosted at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, in Northern California. "As a pioneer and innovator, George Lucas values the ideas, goals and artistry that Film Independent champions," said Hudson in a s...

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    AFP: South Korean who made movies for North Korean dictator, dies aged 80

    South Korean film director Shin Sang-Ok, who made movies for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, has died here aged 80, hospital officials said. Shin said in his memoirs that he was abducted by North Korean agents in Hong Kong in 1978, six months after his actress wife, Choi Un-Hee, was taken to the Stalinist country on the orders of Kim. Choi was at the height of her powers as a screen idol at the time and was known to have admirers in North Korea, including Kim, the heir-apparent to supreme leader Kim Il-Sung. The director said Kim, who took over as dictator following the death of his father in 1994, gave him a luxury villa, a Mercedes Benz ...

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    AFP: Kurosawa's descendants launch film school

    The son and an associate of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa unveiled a film school named after the late legend aimed at passing down his know-how to younger generations. Kurosawa Akira Juku, a two-year film school, started accepting applications for 80 students to study production and 30 acting students for classes opening in September. The school will showcase instructors who worked with Kurosawa along with visits and lectures by global figures such as Iranian cinema's doyen Abbas Kiarostami and Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Hisao Kurosawa, a producer and eldest son of the late director, will serve as chairman of the academy. Agence France Pres...

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    During Tough Times for Indie Film Distribution, Some Hard Truths at a Panel Discussion

    Sometimes with high expectations, independent filmmakers create work and then try to navigate the increasingly murky world of releasing their movie. It might be a hard pill to swallow, but filmmakers today need to know that getting into a top film festival and/or securing representation from a leadi...

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