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    H'wood Reporter: 'Live' earns top honor at Vancouver fest

    The Israeli-French film "Live and Become" captured the audience award for most popular film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, which wrapped Friday. Rahu Mihaileanu's drama, centering on an Ethiopian child who is sent to Israel passing as a Jew to save himself from famine, earned the best...

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    NY Times: The Hidden Costs of Documentaries

    Today, anyone armed with a video camera and movie-editing software can make a documentary. But can everyone afford to make it legally? Clearance costs - licensing fees paid to copyright holders for permission to use material like music, archival photographs and film and news clips - can send expense...

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    Meadowbrook Formed For "Lobster" Release

    Kevin Jordan's "Brooklyn Lobster," kicking off the release on November 4th in New York theaters and then a national rollout, will be distributed by Meadowbrook Pictures, formed by the filmmaker and his brother. The film, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin in the story of a patriarch facing the closure of his Brooklyn lobster shop and a separation from his wife. It was inspired by filmmaker Jordan's own family lobster business and the film is being presented by Martin Scorsese. Jordan and his brother formed Meadowbrooks Picture to handle the "Lobster" release and are working w...

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    Amazon.com and Tribeca Film Festival Name Five Finalists of Short Film Competition

    Amazon.com, Inc. and the Tribeca Film Festival have announced five finalists for the second Amazon Theater/Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition. The group includes Owen Smith's "Battaglia," a tribute to writer Jeff Rose's grandfather and other Americans in the 88th Infantry Division of World War II; Greg Benson's Woody Allen/Spike Jonze/Monty Python-inspired "Coming Home"; Jack Paccione, Jr's action/comedy/horror film centered on table tennis, "Duel at Red Table"; Joseph Garner's "Meter Maids," a comedy set amidst the "cutthroat" world of parking enforcement officers; and Paul Matusheski's "Richter's Agenda," a thriller inspired by Al...

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    At A Weekend Forum, Considering The Challenges of Film Distribution Today

    Democracy is coming to the world of independent film. Soon, people wanting to see whatever specialty film they want whenever they want it will no longer be dependent on distributors and exhibitors to set their agenda. And struggling filmmakers will benefit by finding more outlets for their work. Tha...

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    Growing Pains: Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence"

    In Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence" nostalgia and dread become one--and it's a perfectly welcome symbiosis. A remarkable sustained allegory, "Innocence" luxuriates in the kind of symbolic imagery one would associate mostly with the fantastic worlds of children's fiction, but with the wherewithal ...

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    IFC Films Executes U.S. Rights to "Pierrepoint"

    IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Adrian Shergold's "Pierrepoint" (formally titled "The Last Hangman"), which premiered at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Monday. The deal was negotiated by IFC VP of acquisitions Sarah Lash and Sehring with Jane Barclay of Capital Films represented by Ronna Wallace. A release date has not been set, but a 2006 roll out is planned. The film follows the story of Britain's most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, portrayed by Timothy Spall ("Topsy Turvy," "Nicholas Nickleby"), who single handedly performed 450 hangings be...

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    Chicago Honors "Nikifor" and "Baraka" at '05 Fest

    The Chicago International Film Festival has announced its jury award winners with the Gold Hugo for best film going to for the Polish film, "My Nikifor" (Moj Nikifor). Meanwhile, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "The Boys of Baraka" won two top prizes, the Gold Hugo for best documentary and the Aquaf...

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    Sundance To Expand Salt Lake City Presence At '06 Fest

    In an effort to increase the presence of the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, UT, organizers have announced that they will launch a new 'Festival District' in the city's downtown area at the upcoming event. The new site will be anchored by two movie theaters that will present two screenings...

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    Awards Season and the Hollywood Film Festival

    In today's LA Times, Robert W. Welkos looks at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival and its role in launching awards season in Los Angeles:

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