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    First Look Pictures Acquires "Saints"

    First Look Pictures has acquired the rights to Dito Montiel's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," which took home two awards at Sundance Film Festival this year. The film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the grown Montiel, chronicles the film director's life growing up in Astoria, Queens during the 1980s. Montiel's story portrays the struggles of a childhood spent witnessing the tough realities of New York City, and is about those "saints" who helped the young boy along the way. The film won the special jury prize at Sundance for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the Dramatic Director Award. The deal was negotiated by Richard Stone, S...

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    "Half Nelson" and "The Proposition" to Bookend 4th Independent Film Festival of Boston

    More than 100 films will screen later this month at the 2006 edition of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, kicking off on April 19th with a screening of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's "Half Nelson." Now in its fourth year, the event is presented by the Independent Film Society of Boston and has e...

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    Funny Boy Partners With Mythgarden for "Elliot Loves"

    Funny Boy Films, producers of Adam & Steve (which just opened in theaters), will partner with Mythgarden to produce the award-winning screenplay, "Elliot Loves," described as "the coming of age of a Dominican American, both as a 9-year old boy fighting for the attention of his disillusioned mother, and as a 21-year old man who suffers a string of comically bad relationships until he makes peace with his past." The film will be produced by Kirkland Tibbels and George Bendele ("Latter Days," "Adam & Steve") and openly gay actors Chad Allen and Robert Gant and their partner Christopher Racster. Filmmaker Terracino will direct the film. [Eugene H...

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    Arizona Group Becomes IFP Phoenix

    The Phoenix Film Project is now an official chapter of the nationally known filmmakers organization, Independent Feature Project, the organization announced Thursday. The Phoenix Film Project will now be known as IFP Phoenix. Headquartered in New York, IFP also serves independent filmmakers in local communities. IFP chapters exist in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seattle. Executive directors of all four branches unanimously approved Phoenix becoming a chapter. "It's great that the Phoenix Film community has grown enough to be recognized nationally," commented Chris LaMont, president of the Phoenix Film Foundation in a statment. "Arizona's...

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    Film Movement Adopts "Familia"

    Distributor Film Movement has acquired rights to controversial film "Familia," the first feature-length film from Canadian director Louise Archambault. The film tells the story of Michele, a thirty-something aerobics instructor who flees Montreal with her 14-year-old daughter Marguerite to escape her gambling debts. Their destination is California but, penniless, they make it only as far as Montreal's suburbs and the well-appointed home of Michele's childhood friend Janine. While the two women re-establish their relationship, Marguerite and Janine's daughter, forge a friendship through tentative forays into the adult world of drugs and sex. T...

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    Reuters: "Platoon" gets second shot at Cannes fest

    Twenty years after it was turned down for selection by the Cannes organizers, Oliver Stone's Vietnam drama "Platoon" will screen at the 2006 edition of the festival next month to coincide with a DVD re-release. At the same time, festival organizers announced in Paris that French actor Vincent Cassel...

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    AP: Studios Shutting Out Movie Critics

    Critics are being shut out of more films as studios forgo advance screenings on flicks they expect reviewers to trash, figuring the movies stand a better chance of box-office success with no reviews rather than bad ones. So far this year, 11 movies have not screened for critics before opening day, i...

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    "Queens" Reigns at 8th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    The 2006 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has announced its eighth annual line up of galas, screenings, tributes and panels for its event taking place April 21 - 30. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Reinas (Queens) at the Gusman Center for the Performin...

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    Sundance Channel Greenlights Punk Christian Minister Doc Series

    Sundance Channel has given the green-light to "One Punk, Under God," an original six-part observational documentary series on the alternative Christian minister Jay Bakker. Produced by World of Wonder, the series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Bakker as he faces the professional, emotional and financial struggles of running his Revolution church in Atlanta, Georgia. The announcement was made today by Laura Michalchyshyn, EVP, programming & marketing, Sundance Channel. The series will debut on the network in December, 2006. Jay Bakker is the only son of former "Praise The Lord" leaders, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. [Brian...

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    "Conventioneers" and "Showbusiness: A Season to Remember" Among Top Florida Film Festival Winners

    The Florida Film Festival (March 24 - April 2) awarded its Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature to "Conventioneers," directed by Mora Stephens, while its Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Ali Selim's "Sweet Land," the festival announced recently. FFF's Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, meanwhile went to "Showbusiness: A Season to Remember" by Dori Berinstein and "Purvis of Overtow," directed by Shaun Conrad and David Raccuglia took the audience prize in the category. In other prizes, Sian Heder's "Mother" and "Something Other Than Other" by Jerry A. Henry and Andrea J. Chia took the jury and audience awards...

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