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    AMPAS Sets '07 Oscar Dates

    While it will still be a good 4 months before months insiders start buzzing about awards season, AMPAS has set the dates and deadlines for the 79th Academy Awards, which will be held on February 25, 2007. Nominations will be announced on January 23, 2007.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Lash Leaving IFC Films for Agency Post

    Sarah Lash is leaving her job as VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions at IFC Films to join talent agency ICM. Lash spent five and a half years at IFC and is expected to join ICM in NYC on May 1st; a formal announcement is expected at that time.

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    Katrina, Class, Politics and A Few Filmmaking Legends in Spotlight at 9th Full Frame Doc Fest

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, organizers like to think of festival filmmakers as family. At the end of a busy weekend of movie watching last Sunday afternoon in Durham, NC, event founder and artistic director Nancy Buirski thanked attendees from the stage during the awards ceremony an...

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    "An American Haunting" and "Aurora Borealis" To Bookend 37th Nashville Fest

    The Nashville Film Festival has announced that Courtney Solomon's "An American Haunting" will be the opening night for its 37th edition to run April 20-26. Solomon's film is adapted from the 1997 novel The Bell Witch: An American Haunting and is based on true events of a family haunting in Tennessee...

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    SMH: "Casablanca" Voted Best Screenplay

    "Play it again Sam." It's the line famously quoted from a scene in "Casablanca," although what actor Humphrey Bogart actually said was. "Play it, Sam." Not that the film's writers will mind the misquote, given their screenplay for "Casablanca" is now so universally admired it has been voted the grea...

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    Minnesota Producers Conference Focuses On Location Shooting

    The IFP Minnesota Independent Producers Conference is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 22 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Producer Christine Kunewa Walker and writer/producer Joel Viertel will headline the day-long event that is constructed around the theme of location shooting. Filmmakers James Bigham and Clint Allen, who produced "Sweet Land," and "Junebug' producer, Mike. S. Ryan, will also lead panel discussions with tips about shooting on location and conduct case studies of their films. The conference takes place during the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which will screen Mora Stephen's "Convent...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Danis Tanovic

    Danis Tanovic plans to shoot his next three films in English. One project, "Triage," is based on a novel by Scott Anderson. "It's about a war photographer, a subject that really interests me," he says. Tanovic was attending the Sarajevo Film Academy in 1992 when the war broke out, and spent the next...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Fugard Joins Paramount Specialty Division

    Berenice Fugard has been named VP of acquisitions and co-productions at Paramount's unnamed specialty division, reporting to EVP Amy Israel, according to ScreenDaily.com. She previously served as heaed of acquisitions for Pathe and will remain based in London.

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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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