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    Gen Art Sets Slate for '06

    Jason Matzner's "Dreamland" will open the 2006 Gen Art Film Festival in NYC on April 5th. The film, the first of seven that will debut prior to a blowout bash, will screen at the legendary Ziegfeld theater in Manhattan. The fest will close with Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin's "Live Free or Die". Other feature films on tap include Goran Dukic's "Wristcutters: A Love Story", Steve Anderson's "F*CK, Scott Glosserman's "Behind the Mask", Bruce Leddy's "Shut Up and Sing", and Joshua Michael Stern's "Neverwas". Organizers announced that for the first time they will present the juried Stargazer Award for acting, along with the annual grand jury featur...

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    And the blog of the year is...

    Winner of the Weblog of the Year prize at The Bloggies -- just announced here at the SXSW Interactive conference -- is PostSecret, a blog where readers and fans mail in secrets on 4x6 postcards, the cards are posted on the site...

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    "Perhaps Love" and "A Prairie Home Companion" to Bookend 49th San Francisco International Film Festi

    Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, organizers of the event, revealed this week. Chan will attend the event at the historic Castro Theatre along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and visiting Paris mayor Bertra...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal for Sundance Double Award Winner, "Quinceanera"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera," winner of the dramatic grand jury prize and audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company has closed a pact for North American and Latin American rights to the film. The coming-of-age story...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Big Talk and Even Bigger Crowds During Opening Days in Austin

    Big crowds and even a few heated panel discussions marked the opening weekend of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival here in warm Austin, TX. Film festival producer Matt Dentler told a full house crowd at the Paramount Theater Sunday night that the event is seeing attendance figures that are 50% h...

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    Lionsgate Nabs Rights To Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"

    Lionsgate (in conjuction with Mark Amins Sobini Films) announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior." The film, which stars Nick Nolte and Amy Smart is based on the bestselling novel by Dan Millman entitled "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The film tells the story of the young Dan Millman who aspires for Olympic glory as a college gymnast. But, a chance encounter with a stranger (Nick Nolte) changes his life and helps him realize what he must leave behind in order to fulfill his apsirations for greatness. Mark Amins, of Sobini Films, is one of the film's producers, along with Sobini Presi...

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    Focus Goes For "In Bruges" and "Naples 44"

    Focus Features has announced a pair of new projects, Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" and an adaptation of the book, "Naples '44." The company has worldwide rights to both new projects. McDonagh won an Oscar this week for his live action short film "Six Shooter," and wrote the script for the feature described as a Belgium-set hit man tale. It will be his feature directing debut. UK company Blue Print Pictures will produce the film. McDonagh is an accomplished playwright of "The Pillowman," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," and "The Lieutenant of Inishmore." Also on tap, separately, is Ben Hopkins adaptation of Norman Lewis' "Naples '44," to be prod...

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    More Than 180 Films Set for 8th Thessaloniki Doc Fest

    A whopping 184 films are set to screen at this year's Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, opening tonight (Friday) in the northern Greek city. The 8th annual doc event, kicking off this evening with Simone Aaberg Kaern & Magnus Bejmar's "Smiling In A Warzone -- And the Art of Fl...

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    "Akeelah" and "Friends with Money" Bookend Philadelphia Film Festival

    The 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival willl open March 30th with Laurence Fishburne's "Akeelah and the Bee" and close April 11th with Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money," the Philadelphia Film Society, the organizers of the event announced Thursday. The festival will screen 231 films, including 1...

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    Anita Monga to Serve as Director of Shorts Programming at Palm Springs ShortFest

    Anita Monga has been appointed director of shorts programming this year for the 12th annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, taking place August 24th - 30th, the event announced Thursday. Monga has been involved in film exhibition in the San Francisco Bay area for the last 25 years. As director of programming at San Francisco's Castro Theatre she established an internationally-recognized film arts program within the landmark theater. Among her other activities, she directs the Noir City Festival and serves as a shorts programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival. Most recently she directed the Film Arts ...

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