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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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    "Poseidon" Hangs Ten at Tribeca '06

    The Tribeca Film Festival will screen the action adventure "Poseidon," directed by Wolfgang Petersen, ("Troy," "The Perfect Storm") as a world premiere at the festival on May 6th. The Warner Bros. Pictures and Virtual Studios film, stars Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss and many others. Th...

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    "Rising Son" to Open '06 Malibu International Film Festival

    The 2006 Malibu International Film Festival will open this Friday with Cesario "Block" Montano's world premiere, "Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi," chronicling the life and career of Christian Hosoi, who began as a young renegade super star athlete, but ended up with a federal...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Eric Carr Promoted at Focus

    Focus Features has promoted Eric Carr to VP, Exhibitor Marketing, the company said today. A previous director of exhibitor marketing, Carr is based in Los Angeles and he reports to Linda Ditrinco, EVP of theatrical distributon. He joined Focus from New Line Cinema in 1999. The promotion is effective...

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    Inaugural BRITDOC Locks Spurlock, Broomfield

    BRITDOC, the new UK feature doc festival launching this summer, has officially announced some of the plans for its inaugural event. Set for July 26 - 28 at Oxford, the event will include master-classes from both Morgan Spurlock and Nick Broomfield, along with a pair of competition strands for both British and International docs. Already set to screen are Rex Bloomstein's "KZ," and Nick Francis and Marc Francis' "Black Gold," while on the international side, Doug Block's "51 Birch Street" and Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer's "Darkon," winner of the doc audience award at the recent SXSW Film Festival. The event is headed by "Unknown White Male" pro...

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    Production Report: "All The World's A Stage," "Exhibit A," "If Ever I Cease To Love," "Stiffs," "Whe

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    "Sex Addict" Pulled From Landmark Theater; Indie Filmmaker (and IFC Films) Caught in Mark Cuban/Comc

    The director of "I Am A Sex Addict," winner of the IFP Gotham Award last year for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, has been caught in the crossfire of a day-and-date distribution battle between Mark Cuban, the film's distributor IFC Films, and cable system Comcast. Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi...

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    iW BOT Hit with a "Brick"; Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9" Opens Strong

    On a weekend when a PG-rated animated family flick, "Ice Age: The Meltdown," made almost $70 million at the multiplexes, art/specialty films fulfilled their mandate to give adults an alternative to Hollywood fare. And, according to the latest indieWIRE Box Office Table (iWBOT), adults - and teens - ...

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