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LISTEN: Steven Soderbergh on 'What's Killing Cinema,' A Fungible Algorithm (PODCAST)

No State of Cinema address at the SFIFF has been as hotly anticipated as this year's by Steven Soderbergh. (Listen to our podcast recording below.) This is not only because he's a prolific and beloved auteur that has worked in every genre and budget, but because he recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, in order to spend more time painting, making collages, writing books, directing a new play by Scott Burns about Columbine, as well as a stage version of "Cleopatra," and exploring other avenues of creativity.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2013 3:11 PM
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Hot Docs: Technological Revolution, 'Total Disruption,' Stolen Privacy

“Isn’t it ironic that I’m having all these technical problems when I’m supposed to be talking about technology?” director Ondi Timoner asked a very patient (for awhile) Hot Docs audience Monday. Well, yeah, but it’s hardly the only irony that’s been on display here in Toronto.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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Cannes Classics Lineup Revealed; Bertolucci in 3-D, Films by Hitchcock, Cocteau, Resnais, Wilder (CLIPS)

Cannes Classics, the festival's sidebar that screens new restorations of canonical films, has announced its lineup of twenty features films and three documentaries.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:07 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery to Host Maryland Film Festival Opening Night

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 1:10 PM
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'The Rocket' and 'Bridegroom' Take Heineken Audience Awards at Tribeca

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the recipients of the Heineken Audience Awards Saturday night. Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket,' which has already won two prizes at Tribeca, was the audience favorite for narrative film while "Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, won for documentary.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 11:50 AM
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Hot Docs Wrap: Canadian International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Winnows World's Best Docs

Like a lot of people, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (official name) is "trying to figure out who we are," according to program director Charlotte Cook: In other, trying to figure out where they’re going to go, now that the fest has hit its 20th year -- a convenient moment to reassess, if not necessarily change your whole MO. Which the festival certainly is not about to do.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 28, 2013 2:47 PM
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Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)

In a scene from 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County," Meryl Streep's farmwife gazes over one of the bridges as Clint Eastwood, playing a lanky photographer passing through, catches her off guard with a candid snapshot. He's delighted that he has captured her in a natural moment. One of many sequences highlighted in "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," it underscores what the director is always chasing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2013 9:12 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival Is Four Day Feast of the Familiar, 'I Know Where I'm Going' (TRAILERS)

This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits.
  • By Joan Cohen
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  • April 27, 2013 4:27 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with Ted Hope and 'What Maisie Knew'

The Opening night film of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "What Maisie Knew," a contemporary version of the Henry James classic about a custody battle between Maisie's narcissistic and heedless parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) and Maisie's subsequent relationship with their new young partners (Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham), played well to the crowd at the Castro Theatre.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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Louisiana International Film Festival Continues with Industry Expo, Strong Documentaries, 'I Am Divine' (TRAILER)

The days' screenings: it's doc day! "Life According to Sam" showed at Sundance and is to be broadcast on HBO in the fall . The second doc is Jeff Kaufman's lively, densely-populated "The Savoy King," which debuted at the New York Film Festival. The third is "I Am Divine," by accomplished documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz, who previously directed HBO's "Vito." If you're a Divine fan, this movie is right up your alley -- I am one, and yet I was totally ignorant of her disco career. If the John Waters star is unknown to you, you'll be a fan after you see the movie.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 26, 2013 3:13 PM
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