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Film Festival Update: Vail, San Francisco, Sundance London (Video)

The 2012 Vail Film Festival's line-up of 58 films opens with the U.S. premiere of "The Eye of the Storm," which debuted in Toronto and opened in December in Australia (68% on RT). The family drama from Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne") stars Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis, who won Best Actress from the Australian Film Institute.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 3:48 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Competition, Viewpoint Titles

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced 46 of the 90 feature films in its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2012 4:25 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival to Honor Kim Novak

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs in Hollywood from April 12 to15, will honor Kim Novak with a celebration of her work, including a screening of "Vertigo" which the actress will introduce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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The Creators Project Heads to San Francisco; Lineup Features Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Murphy

From March 17-18, San Francisco is playing host to VICE and Intel's The Creators Project, the arts and tech festival now in its third year. The initiative, which is dedicated to supporting creativity, lands in creativity-hub San Francisco for the first time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 1:59 PM
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Louisiana Launches LA Film Prize Weekend, Wants to Spark an Indie Revolution

Louisiana announces its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 and will feature short films by anyone in the world - but shot within the Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 11:52 AM
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Cinedigm Acquires Kirby Dick's Sundance Military Rape Expose 'The Invisible War'

Marking the first acquisition under the new partnership between Cinedigm Entertainment Group and New Video to acquire and distribute independent films theatrically in North America and across multiple on-demand and digital platforms and DVD/Blu-ray, the two companies have jointly acquired North American rights to Kirby Dick's military rape expose "The Invisible War," which won the audience award at Sundance for U.S. documentary. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2012 2:42 PM
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Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced here. Shortfest's juried International Competition qualifies winners for Academy Award consideration. Here's ticket information. Catch a peak of last year's fest below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:53 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Peter Jackson's Sundance Doc 'West of Memphis'

It may be the fourth documentary about the famed "West Memphis Three," but "West of Memphis," which debuted well at Sundance this January, was the one that got three innocent men out of jail after 18 years on Death Row.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 29, 2012 7:29 PM
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SXSW: Mysterious Mondo Gallery Event During SXSW 2012

Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique and purveyor of cool limited edition movie posters, has provided a few more details about a mysterious upcoming event in Austin. The company will soon be "getting some new digs," and to celebrate, is hosting its first ever Mondo Gallery Event.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 29, 2012 2:54 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival 2012 Will Open with 'The Five-Year Engagement' Starring Segel and Blunt

The Tribeca Film Festival will open its 2012 edition on April 18 with Universal romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" (April 27). The comedy stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as an engaged couple who keep postponing their wedding day. The Judd Apatow-produced slapstick comedy reunites director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Segel ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). The Festival will run through April 29. See trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 29, 2012 12:34 PM
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