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    indieLOOP: On The Scene During Tribeca

    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 Ishai Setton talks about gearing up for the screenings of his feature narrative film, "The Big Bad Swim" which is premiering tonight. In the journal he w...

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    TRIBECA '06: Striking, Somber "United 93" Opens 5th TFF

    The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival opened on a strikingly somber note Tuesday night in Midtown Manhattan with the world premiere screening of Paul Greengrass' "United 93," a dramatization of the events surrounding the crash of the fourth hijacked flight on 9/11. Nearly 100 families of those who died tha...

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    SF Chronicle: Interview: Werner Herzog

    There are a few places that Werner Herzog, in his long and peripatetic filmmaking career, has not gotten around to visiting. One is the central Sahara, but the director, as unflaggingly curious and fearless as he is, says dangerous civil wars will probably make the region forever inaccessible to him...

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    NY Times: At the Tribeca Festival, Heavy on the Reality, Light on the Light

    In the NY Times, Stephen Holden asks, "Whatever happened to the notion of movies as the "'Great Escape?' As the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival consumes New York over the next two weeks, a more apt description of the mood of world cinema expressed in TriBeCa might be "No Escape." From tonight's (...

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    Sundance Institute Selects 14 Projects for 2006 June Directing/Screenwriting Labs

    Fourteen projects have been selected for the Sundance Institute's June Director's and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 29 - June 29, 2006. Nine directing fellows have been chosen to work with advisors on their work, while the six writers will join the director...

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    "The Making of a Martyr" Takes 2nd U.N. Doc Film Fest Prize

    The 2nd annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival honored "The Making of a Martyr" with its audience award for best film. First-time Canadian-born directors Brooke Goldstein and Alistair Leyland were on hand to accept the prize for the film about a 15 year old suicide bomber who surrenders his own mission to blow himself up on the Israeli border. The directors find themselves with unprecedented access in his home, with his mother, father and sister; in the Israeli prison where he is held; and in the school he attended. The UN Documentary Film Festival featured films that deal with the UN's millennium goals including eradicating extreme...

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    Kids Will Be Kids: Three New Docs Capture Very Different Summer Camp Experiences

    With the Summer Solstice just two short months away, it's easy to begin daydreaming about trips to the beach, a getaway to a mountain cabin, or if you have kids, shipping them off to a summer camp. So it's apropos that three new documentaries about camps for kids have begun to emerge on the festiva...

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    "Friends with Money" and "Smoking" Find their Groove; "Sir!" Strikes

    "Friends With Money" and "Thank You For Smoking" have found their comfort zones in relatively wide release, although neither looks to be a breakout indie hit on the order of a "Brokeback Mountain" or "Sideways." As a result, this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), compiled with num...

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    TRIBECA '06: Making Sense of TFF's Market; Can the Fest Turn The Corner?

    Asked to offer a few long-term goals for the Tribeca Film Festival during the annual kick-off press conference in Lower Manhattan Monday, event co-founder Jane Rosenthal reminded attendees that the first TFF was planned in just a few short months leading up to its May 2002 debut. Lacking a history o...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. Thre...

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