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AFI FEST 2013 Announces Dates and Calls for Entries

AFI FEST has announced the dates for its 2013 installment: November 7-14, about one week later than its usual kick-off. The festival takes place in the heart of Hollywood.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 1:58 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Big Joy' Follows the Pre-Beat, Pansexual Adventures of Artist James Broughton

Check out this exclusive clip from Steven Silha and Eric Slade's documentary "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton," making its world premiere at SXSW on March 9. The film centers on pre-Beat filmmaker and poet Broughton, whose pansexual lifestyle...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 1:29 PM
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San Francisco Int'l Film Fest Names Doc and Feature Titles Competing for Cash Prizes

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 25 - May 9, announces the films competing for its New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Award. A total of $70K will be awarded by the festival this year...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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SXSW Watch: 'Big Ass Spider!' No, Seriously: 'Big Ass Spider!' [VIDEO]

Not gonna lie: I was kinda-sorta traumatized during my misspent youth when I witnessed a humongous arachnid attack rock-'n-rollin' teens in "Earth vs. The Spider."
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • March 5, 2013 12:08 PM
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L'Atelier Announces 15 Selected Projects Looking for International Partners at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

The ninth edition of L'Atelier at the upcoming 2013 Cannes Film Festival has announced 15 selected projects from 14 different countries. Since its creation in 2005, L'Atelier has invited directors and producers to meet hundreds of potential partners at the Cannes festival and market.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 2:20 PM
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Sundance Institute Brings Next Weekend to Los Angeles, New Summer Film Festival Running August 8-11

The Sundance Institute will be a hosting an all-new summer film festival, Next Weekend, running August 8-11 in Los Angeles. The fest is an extension of the Sundance Film Festival's NEXT section, which is designed to showcase "stylistically adventurous" films by up-and-coming directors.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'And Who Taught You to Drive' Follows Three Quests for Foreign Drivers Licenses

Check out this exclusive clip from SXSW documentary "And Who Taught You to Drive?" The film, directed by Andrea Thiele, follows three different individuals as they jump through hoops to attain drivers licenses in foreign countries -- German Mirela in India, American Jake in Japan, and South Korean Hye-Won in Germany.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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2013 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with 'Mistaken for Strangers,' Road Documentary on Band The National

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April17-28) will open with Tom Berninger's road documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," starring the director on a personal journey with his brother, frontman Matt Berninger, on tour with his Brooklyn-based band The National.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 1, 2013 11:42 AM
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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

“War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second feature film in history to be shot in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2013 1:50 PM
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Yes It's True: Spielberg Is Jury President of the 66th Festival de Cannes

Like Clint Eastwood before him, Steven Spielberg has agreed to be the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. It's his first time. “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none," Spielberg stated. "The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2013 12:49 AM
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