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Cameron Bailey Moves Up as Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival

It was inevitable, given how well he's taken to the job of co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Now congrats are in order: Cameron Bailey is moving up as the artistic director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 15, 2012 12:48 PM
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SXSW Review Roundup and Clips for Winners 'Gimme the Loot' and 'Beware Mr. Baker'

The 2012 SXSW FIlm Festival bestowed jury awards to Adam Leon's New York City-based "Gimme the Loot" and Jay Bulger's rock biopic "Beware Mr. Baker." Review roundup and clips for both winners show what to expect from these two naturalistic, unexpected films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 14, 2012 5:50 PM
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SXSW Interview: Duplass Brothers Talk 'Jeff,' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' and Career Plan (Video)

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and Red Flag Releasing, a small indie run by ex-Warner Independent execs Laura Kim and Paul Federbush, who are able to do day-and-date VOD in a way that the studio cannot without straining relationships with exhibitors. The Duplasses figure they are getting the best of both possible worlds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 10:56 AM
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SXSW 2012 Winners: 'Gimme the Loot' and Ginger Baker Documentary

The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced winners Tuesday night at the Vimeo Theater in Austin, Texas. Audiences sampled 132 features and 138 shorts this year, selected from more than 5,300 submissions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 3:59 AM
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SXSW Video: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Filmmakers Talk Comedy Home Run '21 Jump Street'

Whatever question there might be about how well a smart horror parody like SXSW opener "Cabin the Woods" will do with mainstream audiences, there is none with updated buddy cop comedy "21 Jump Street," which also played well at the Paramount Theater here, and will prove a huge b.o. home run.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2012 7:20 PM
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Tribeca 2012 Shorts Lineup includes Men-Hattan Program with Labute's 'Bff' and Burns' 'Doggy Bags'

Tribeca announces the lineup for its 2012 shorts program. Of the sixty shorts (selected from 2,800 submitted films), twenty-six will be making their world premiere. The films will play in nine thematic programs - five narrative, three documentary and one experimental...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:00 PM
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Sundance London Brings 14 Park City Titles Across the Pond

The Sundance Film Festival arrives in London at the end of next month. To put it mildly, it’ll be different from the real thing.
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 12, 2012 9:21 AM
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Exclusive SXSW Clip: Black Comedy 'Black Pond' Marks Smart Debut of Two Brit Talents

Sunday at SXSW sees the North American debut of "Black Pond," a very strange and very British dark comedy from two emerging filmmakers. Actor-writer Will Sharpe and commercials director Tom Kingsley, 25 and 26, are a few years out of Cambridge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2012 6:53 PM
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SXSW Day Two: 'The Imposter,' Seimetz Talks 'Sun Don't Shine,' 'Hunky Dory' (Video)

I started another rainy day at SXSW with Sundance holdover "The Imposter," which luckily I had not read too much about. The less you know going in the better on this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction doc, which leads you through the filmmakers' own discovery process, which they call a "slightly bewildering journey."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2012 3:21 PM
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Texas Hall of Fame and SXSW Opening Day, from 'Rio Bravo' to 'Cabin in the Woods'

I flew into Austin Thursday on Southwest and sat in the first row right next to Angie Dickinson, who was accepting a Texas Hall of Fame award that night for the cast and crew of Howard Hawks' 1959 western "Rio Bravo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2012 7:15 PM
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