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    "Grandmother'" Wins IDFA Jury Prize, "Sisters" Tops With Audiences in Amsterdam

    The 2005 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam wrapped up this weekend with Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" (La Casa de Mi Abuela) awarded the VPRO Joris Ivens Award for best feature film in competition. The Spanish documentary is story of a grandmother and her grandchild living life i...

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    AP: DiCaprio to Produce Environment Film

    Leonardo DiCaprio used a hybrid car to get to the Oscars. He lobbied loudly for worldwide access to clean water. Now the activist actor is making a documentary about global environmental issues. DiCaprio has started production on "11th Hour," a feature-length film that explores global warming and of...

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    NY Times: The Soul of Sundance's Machine

    The festival has become so famous it is practically synonymous with independent film, but until now, the process by which films are selected has remained a mystery within the industry. In a rare discussion of the festival's inner workings, the programmers said they were suffering not only from the sheer volume of images cascading into their heads, but the pressure of discriminating among them. Added to that are the expectations of the media, the public and the independent film industry, a field that has both influenced what mainstream Hollywood makes and in some ways supplanted it. John Clark reports on the inside workings of the Sundance Fil...

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    Weinsteins Unveil New DVD Venture; Wellspring Included in Plans

    [EDITORS NOTE: This story was updated on Tuesday morning.]

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    A Video iPod Roundtable...

    "How will the new video iPod change video content in cyberspace?" asks BraintrustDV, in an online roundtable on their site. "What does it suggest or promise as a cultural model? How will it affect independent media makers and corporate media providers? Is the video iPod good or bad for cinema—or is ...

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    The Top Ten, So far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE compiles the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written.

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    Weinsteins Announce Home/Video DVD Venture; Deal Includes Wellspring

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein have announced the formation of a new venture to handle all of their home video/DVD distribution. The Weinsteins are partnering with Genius Products, Inc. to create a new LLC that they will own 70% of (Genius will own 30%). Included under the new venture will indie/foreign film distributor Wellspring, which is owned by Genius. And part of the deal are IFC Films titles (as part of the Weinstein's previously announced deal with Rainbow). Other labels handled by Genius include NBC News, TV Guide, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and Baby Genius. A complete story will be published later in indieWIRE. [Eugene Hernandez...

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    Rollins Set for SXSW

    Henry Rollins will participate in a one-on-one chat with Andy Langer of Esquire Magazine at SXSW 2006, organizers have confirmed. The host of IFC's upcoming "The Henry Rollins Show" will take part in a discussion of, in the words of organizers, "his feelings on the current state of the media, pop cu...

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    Don't Fence Me In: Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"

    Even on the eve of "Brokeback Mountain"'s release, it's difficult to separate the actual movie onscreen from the media attention that's been swirling around it for months. Is Ang Lee's effective tragic romance to be viewed as just another epic love story unfolding under a panoramic azure sky or as a...

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    Sundance Unveils Short Film Lineup for '06 Fest

    A total of 73 short films -- dramatic, documentary, and animated -- will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The shorts were selected from a total of 4,327 submitted for the upcoming festival, running January 19 - 19, in Utah. All of the films will also be available beginning on January 19th ...

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