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    AP: South Korea's Own "Brokeback Mountain?"

    Just as "Brokeback Mountain" has become a pop culture phenomenon in the United States, a gay-themed movie has racked up big box-office in South Korea. "King and the Clown," about a delicately effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more...

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    As Wellspring Closes, Examining The State of the Art House Distribution

    The Weinstein Company would rather not characterize the closing of Wellspring's theatrical distribution division as a shut down, but for the eight people who will be leaving Wellspring in the coming weeks, the decision marks the end of a company that had engendered tremendous loyalty among its emplo...

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    AP: Redford Says Sundance Taken by a 'Fever'

    Robert Redford says his Sundance Film Festival, which last month wrapped its 25th season, is "almost to a breaking point." "It's gotten to the point now - almost to a breaking point - where there's a fever that has taken over the festival that creates an enormous amount of chaos and excitement and tension," the 68-year-old actor said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "It's gotten a little bit harder on me. The festival that we do is the same one as we did the first year," he said. "We program it exactly the same every year, which is for new voices and more experimental films. The difference now," Redford said, is everything sur...

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    Red Shift Festival of Film, Video and Animation to Open 4th Edition at Anthology Archives in New Yor

    The fourth annual Red Shift Festival of Film, Video and Animation (RSF4 ) will take place February 23 - 25 at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East Village. Formed in New York in 2002 by a group of immigrants from former Soviet Bloc countries, the event has showcased international works primar...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Moshe Joins Sidetrack Films

    The Film Sales Company's Jared Moshe has joined Sidetrack Films to head up sales and operations. Formed a year ago, Sidetrack Films produced the IDA award winning documentary "Favela Rising" that is set for release later this year. Sidetrack produces and provides financing for independent films and ...

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    Miami International Film Festival Spotlights Nine Films for its 'Miami Encuentros'

    The Miami International Film Festival will host its fourth year of its Miami Encuentros program, which gives emerging producers from Spain and Latin America the opportunity to present new projects to U.S. industry professionals, including producers, sales agents, television stations and distributors. This year, the Miami International Film Festival and Miami Encuentros director Diana Sanchez have chosen nine filmmakers to participate in Encuentros. The projects include: "Angels Still Come to the Suburbs" by Gabriel Velazquez (Spain); "Bad Day to Go Fishing" by Alvaro Brechner (Uruguay); "Fraternal Love" by Lais Bodanzky (Brazil); "How Far Ar...

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    Britain's Channel 4 and BRITDOC Team up for Three Minute Competition

    The U.K.'s Channel 4, ITN and BRITDOC have teamed up to create a new documentary competition for emerging filmmakers, with winning entries broadcast on Channel 4 and screened at the inaugural Britdoc 2006 documentary festival. ITN is offering free use of its archive, which contains over 700,000 hours of footage dating back from 1896 to the present day. Interested filmmakers must prepare a pitch for a three minute documentary on the theme 'The Bicycle,' using inspiration from the archives. The four best ideas will be commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast in its "3 Minute Wonder" slot. The filmmakers will also be invited as guests to the fir...

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    True/False Film Fest Kicks Off Third Year with "Game," "Darryl Hunt"

    The True/False Film Festival, which showcases "nonfiction with strong narratives or invested with a social mission," will open its 2006 edition today (Thursday). The festival will run February through Sunday in Columbia, Missouri. The festival's 36 feature documentaries include opening night's "The ...

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    "Half Nelson" and "Maximo Oliveros" Lead Roster For 35th New Directors/New Films

    Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" and Philippine director Auraeus Solit's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros" will open the 35th New Directors/New Films series, presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art's Film and Media department. The two Sundance '06 titles are...

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    A&E & IDA Award Grant to "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me"

    Feature doc production arm A&E IndieFilms and The International Documentary Association have announced the first A&E IndieFilms / IDA Documentary Finishing Grant to Affinity Films. The $25,000 grant will be used to complete its feature, "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me." The film, produced and directed by Mary Katzke, and produced by Deborah Schildt, is described as the story of, "an Alaskan woman who sustained third degree burns over her back, legs, arms, face and head, losing fingers, an ear and half her scalp after being thrown into a campfire by her own mother at the age of 10 months. Now 26, Gwen has embarked on a quest for answers." For mor...

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