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    SXSW '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Quiet, Personal Moments Make Biggest Impact at 2007 SXSW Fest

    With an incredibly varied program offeatures put together by event producer Matt Dentler and panels and production manager Jarod Neece, one can easily find something to enjoy at the SXSW Film Festival. Obvious choices (and big ticket sellers) are films like the Morgan Spurlock produced potshot at co...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Mumblecore Movie? Swanberg, Bujalski, Duplass and Others Unveil "Hannah Tak

    Two years ago, duing an interview for indieWIRE, acclaimed indie director Andrew Bujalski spoke of a mumblecore movement made up of a group of filmmakers whose films debuted at SXSW that year. In the Spring of '05, SXSW producer Matt Dentler programmed the Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair," Susan ...

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    AAS: SXSW Interview: Stephen Kijak, "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man"

    Four years in the making, "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man" is and in-depth look at a man who turned his back on fame to follow a very singular and uncompromising artistic path, something all too rare in today's accelerated pop culture. In addition to a rare interview with the reclusive Walker himself, the film features interviews with an impressive roster of his famous fans and collaborators (Bowie, Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, and legendary arranger Angela Morley, formerly known as Wally Stott) And the filmmakers were granted exclusive access to observe the recording of Walker's latest album "The Drift." Matthew Odam speaks with "Scott Walker" di...

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    iW Video | John Pierson on Michael Moore, "Roger & Me," and "Manufacturing Dissent"

    Among the films that have had people talking at SXSW this year is "Manufacturing Dissent," a new documentary critical of Michael Moore.

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: "Billy The Kid" and "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" Win Top Jury Prizes At SXS

    Films by women dominated the awards as the 2007 SXSW Film Festival hit its wet and rainy mid-point here in Austin, TX. Jamie Babbit's narrative feature "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" and Jennifer Venditti's documentary film "Billy The Kid" won the top jury prizes at the festival, while in the audience...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Docs and Journalism Stir Talk at SXSW with Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore,

    "Did you find Osama bin Laden?," began a conversation with director Morgan Spurlock on Sunday at SXSW moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. indieWIRE's inquiry referred to Spurlock's secretive new film, tentatively titled "Where in the World...", which was recently acquired at the EFM in Berlin in a multi-million deal with The Weinstein Company. "We'll have to wait until the movie's finished to see," responded Spurlock who said that he would not reveal too much about his new documentary quite yet, but added, "It's about the state of the world right now. I hope that like 'Super Size Me' it will make people question the choices we make, an...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Linklater (Reluctantly) In Austin Spotlight; And, Scott Frank's "Lookout" O

    Austin's own Richard Linklater was an unlikely honoree at the Austin Film Society's 7th annual Texas Hall of Fame Awards on Friday night, not because anyone thought the honor was undeserved but the director has typically resisted stepping into the spotlight at the largest annual fundraiser for the o...

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    With SXSW Nearing, Variety Explores '07 Fest

    In Variety, Ian Mohr looks at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, distinguishing it from other U.S. film fests. SXSW fest producer Matt Dentler tells Mohr, "Sundance, bar none, has the best programming of any festival in America. But it is hard to navigate. We have a degree of programming and organization where we want to include the filmmaker, the film industry and the film fan. That's the family tree we want to keep growing without an elitist vibe." Meanwhile, also in Variety, Peter DeBruge offers insights into the integration of the music, film and interactive sections of the upcoming SXSW. And Dentler explains, in a separate interview, "Toda...

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    Berlinale Heads to Turin

    Eight films from the recent Berlin International Film Festival are headed to Turin for a three-day showcase dubbed "Berlinale a Torino." The series will kick-off with Ryan Eslinger's Berlinale competition title "When A Man Falls in The Forest," starring Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, which will have its North American premiere at SXSW later this month. Also set to screen from the competition section are Li Yu's "Lost in Bejing," and Stefan Ruzowitsky's "The Counterfeiters." Other films set for the showcase are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "The Lark Farm," Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim," David Ondricek's "Grandhotel," and Uli M. Schueppel's "Berli...

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    "Reign Over Me" to Screen at Upcoming SXSW Fest

    The SXSW Film Festival has announced more additions to its festival, taking place March 9 - 17 in Austin. On Wednesday, March 14, the festival will host a screening of Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me," starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler. Pop star James Blunt will attend the March 10 world premiere of Steven Cantor's documentary, "James Blunt: Return to Kosovo," which chronicles Blunt's trip to the battlefields where he served as a British soldier before finding success in music. Actor Shia LeBeouf and director D.J. Caruso are scheduled to attend a screening of their film, "Disturbia," on March 9. Co-star of NBC series "Friday Night Lights," C...

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