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    Sundance Sets Slate for BAM Event

    Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Sundance Institute has announced plans for its new "Sundance Institute at BAM" event, featuring a series of film, theater, musical performances, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A sessions and other events in Brooklyn from May 11 - 21. The fifteen features from this year's Sundance Film Festival that will screen include, on opening night, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Heidi Specogna's "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez," Hilary Brougher's "Stephanie Daley," James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," Michael Cain and Matt Radecki's "TV Junkie," Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, M...

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    49th SF Int'l Fest Opening with "Love," Closing With "Prairie"

    The San Francisco International Film Festival unveiled its program of 97 features and 130 shorts from 41 countries Tuesday, March 28th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel today. Under new leadership from Executive Director Graham Leggat, the festival is moving toward its 50th anniversary with themes of ...

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    Lipsitz's "Air Guitar Nation" Wins SXSW's 24 Beats Per Second Prize

    Alexandra Lipsitz's "Air Guitar Nation" has won the South by Southwest (SXSW) 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. The film, which had its world premiere at SXSW, received the highest votes of all the films in the music-related section of films playing the festival. The runner-up was Zach Niles and Banker White's film, "The Refugee All Stars." The 24 Beats Per Second section of the festival featured 15 music documentaries including Nathaniel Hornblower's "Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!," Andrew Shapter's "Before the Music Dies," Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin's "loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies," the Charlize Theron-produced "East of H...

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    Ready for Cannes?

    With Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux reportedly saying in Berlin, "Last year, it was a fairly classic lineup. This year, I want to create some surprises," a Reuters/Hollywood Reporter by Charles Masters offers some speculation of films already set for the 2006 Festival de Cannes lineup. Amo...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: 10 Films To Watch From SXSW '06

    The 2006 SXSW Film Festival comes to a close Saturday with a screening of Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz," starring Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. While the high profile new film joins the list of star-driven premieres, including Robert Altman's "Prairie Home Companion" opening night -- as well as this ...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Beasties Among Artists On Big Screen In SXSW Music Docs

    As South by Southwest (SXSW) made the transition into its massive music festival and conference here in Austin, music documentaries shared the spotlight -- at a crowded panel Tuesday afternoon and during even more jammed interview session with the Beastie Boys yesterday afternoon. As many have reite...

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    Byler's "AMERICANese" Wins Two at SXSW; "Darkon," "Jam," and "Live Free or Die" Also Win Top Prizes

    At the midpoint of the 2006 SXSW Film Conference and Festival here in Austin, organizers presented jury and audience prizes for this year's festival. Eric Byler's "AMERICANese" won two prizes tonight in Austin, receiving the narrative audience award and a special jury prize for outstanding ensemble cast. The win was particularly sweet for Byler, since he also won the audience prize at SXSW four years ago for his previous feature, "Charlotte Sometimes". The festival's narrative jury award went to Andy Robin and Gregg Kavet's "Live Free or Die". Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer's "Darkon" won the documentary audience award and Mark Woollen's "Jam" wa...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Cuban/Wagner, Burnt Orange in Focus, And More

    Two years ago at SXSW, a pair of new entities emerged, both with Austin ties. Burnt Orange Productions, the University of Texas Film Institute's new for-profit production company has become an active entity locally, while the vertically-integrated companies owned by Texas billionaires Mark Cuban and...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Film Blogs and Politics In Focus

    Monday was essentially blogger day at the concurrent film and interactive conferences at SXSW '06, with a panel about film blogging, an evening party for bloggers and the presentation of the Bloggies honoring the best in online weblogs. The two concurrent SXSW conferences precede the annual music ev...

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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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