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Wes Anderson Selects Louis Malle's 'The Fire Within' for Carte-Blanche Programming Screening at COL*COA 2013

LA's 17th annual COL*COA has given director Wes Anderson carte-blanche to program one of his favorite French films. No surprise here, Anderson's taste is impeccable: He has selected Louis Malle's 1963 lyrical depression drama "The Fire Within."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2013 2:41 PM
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Tribeca Announces Spotlight, Midnight, Storyscapes and Special Screenings -- From 'Almost Christmas' to 'Before Midnight'

The Tribeca Film Festival announces the films playing in their Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings programs, as well as the lineup for their new Storyscapes transmedia section.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2013 2:31 PM
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Trailer Watch: SXSW Narrative Spotlight Comedy 'Kilimanjaro' Follows One Man's Quest to Climb a Mountain and Get a Grip

Check out the trailer for Walter Strafford's comedy "Kilimanjaro," premiering at SXSW on March 9 in the fest's Narrative Spotlight section. The film centers on Doug (Brian Geraghty, "The Hurt Locker"), who decides to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in the wake of a bad breakup...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 2:38 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Geoff Gilmore and Programmers Talk Tribeca 2013 Program, Reveal World Narrative and Doc Competition Slates

"A number of films personally affected us," says Gilmore, "made an impact on us. They were emotional and memorable, wouldn't leave us for a few couple days. What struck me is how much the films seem to deal with the state of the world; there is a shadow over that storytelling, which moves you and makes you think." Gilmore also recognized a new "resonance between the American work and the international work, films that really speak toward a more singular coherent universal vision."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2013 2:20 PM
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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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