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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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SXSW 2012: Oscilloscope Laboratories Picks Up Climate Change Doc 'Chasing Ice'

Submarine Entertainment has sold all US rights (minus TV) for Jeff Orlowski's feature documentary "Chasing Ice" to Oscilloscope Laboratories, following the film's screening at SXSW.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 9, 2012 10:36 PM
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SXSW Clip: Anticipated Debuting Director Adele Romanski's 'Leave Me Like You Found Me'

Director Adele Romanski will launch an anticipated directorial debut at SXSW with her film, "Leave Me Like You Found Me." In this carefully shot piece of realism, she tells the story of big trees and broken hearts as a lovesick couple attempt to repair their relationship while camping in California. We listed Romanski's "Leave Me Like You Found Me" in our line-up of anticipated films from SXSW.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 9, 2012 3:05 PM
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Cannes Opening Film is Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The 65th Festival de Cannes will open May 16 with an American movie, "Moonrise Kingdom," the new film from Wes Anderson ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox"). Cannes will run from Wednesday May 16 to Sunday May 27. This year's Cannes jury is headed by Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti ("We Have a Pope").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2012 12:27 AM
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WATCH SXSW CLIP: Buzzed Music Doc 'Marley'

One of the films with great advance word at SXSW, which opens Friday, is Kevin Macdonald's "Marley," which screens at SXSW on Sunday. It debuted well in Berlin, where Magnolia Pictures scooped it up. (I skipped the advance vimeo link in favor of a live audience at the Paramount.) Magnolia will release "Marley" in theaters and on VOD April 20, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2012 4:40 PM
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Gravitas and Variance Team for Theatrical & VOD Releasing; Hunting Titles at SXSW

Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films announce their partnership to acquire and co-release seven to eight films per year with day and date theatrical and VOD releases throughout North America. Starting at SXSW, Gravitas and Variance will search for the best indies...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 2:29 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Spotlight, Cinemania, Special Screenings, ESPN Sports Fest Lineup

Tribeca announces the lineups for their Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and titles playing in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The lineups are listed below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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French Film Festival COL*COA's 2012 Programming Includes Marcel Carne, Yves Montand, Julie Delpy

Francophile Alert! The 16th edition of L.A.'s French film festival COL*COA ("City of Lights, City of Angels") has revealed its first programming selections to unspool starting April 16 in Hollywood.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2012 4:51 PM
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