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EXCLUSIVE CLIP & Interview with 'Starlet' Director Sean Baker on Keeping it Vérité with Dree Hemingway

Sean Baker's second feature, "Prince of Broadway," a micro-budget vérité film shot in New York City's wholesale fashion district, won a slew of festival awards after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 (winning Best Narrative Feature) and landed on many Best of 2010 lists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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AFI FEST Audience & Jury Awards Announced; 'A Royal Affair,' 'Nairobi Half Life,' 'A Hijacking' & More

AFI FEST 2012, which concluded yesterday, has unveiled the recipients of this year's Audience and Jury Awards. Winners include Nicolaj Arcel's Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," starring Mads Mikkelsen, and David Tosh Gitonga's Kenyan Oscar entry "Nairobi Half Life." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:55 AM
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DOC NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 3:37 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary Day Two: Assayas Talks 'Carlos,' Gets Tour

Public screenings start at the civilized hour of 11 AM at the Morelia Film Festival, where on day two I was going to check out actress-director Sandrine Bonnaire’s “J’enrage de son absence” (“Maddened by His Absence”). But ubiquitous film festival consultant Denis DeLaRoca came over to tell me that Olivier Assayas, who hadn’t been expected to attend the festival, had flown in from Los Angeles the day before and was just about to give an unannounced Master Class right across the street in the Teatro Jose Ruben Romero.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 7, 2012 2:28 PM
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Blanchett Heads Dubai Fest Filmmaker Award Jury; Awards $100K to Arabian Peninsula Filmmaker Projects

Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 12:30 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary Day 1: Discovering Mur Oti, Binoche and Ramirez's 'A Coeur Ouvert'

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was calm compared to the one I took from the Berkeley Hills to Oakland – and thence to the San Francisco Airport – once I realized that the e-ticket itinerary I’d printed out that afternoon was not for the Sunday night redeye flight I’d requested, but Saturday night – i.e., three hours hence. And I was not yet packed. And had arranged for a ride 24 hours later. And had never done quite such a stupid thing before. At least, not when it comes to travel.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 6, 2012 12:15 PM
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AFI Mid-Fest Report: On the Red Carpet with 'On the Road' and 'Silver Linings'; 'The Hunt,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Our Children' & 'War Witch' Reviews

We're in the thick of AFI Fest, with too many films to see and not enough time. TOH's Anne Thompson reviews opening night film "Hitchcock" here, Matt Mueller reviews "Holy Motors," Beth Hanna tackles the devastating Belgian Oscar entry "Our Children," and I checked out "Silver Linings Playbook," "On the Road," "War Witch" and "The Hunt." Part One of our AFI Fest coverage is here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2012 3:59 PM
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Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 2:42 PM
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SFFS French Cinema Now 2012: 'Camille Rewinds,''Sister,' 'Louise Wimmer'

The San Francisco Film Society steps up to a radically reduced reality of foreign film distribution by programming a number of focused mini-fests, including Hong Kong Cinema, Taiwan Film Days, and the upcoming New Italian Cinema. While contemplating the ten-film line-up of French Cinema Now, I asked myself how many French films I’d seen in the past year locally, in general release, outside of film festivals.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 31, 2012 5:45 PM
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AFI FEST 2012: The World's Best Cinema - From 'Hitchcock' to 'Rust and Bone,' Foreign Oscar Hopefuls & AFM

While the American Film Market takes Santa Monica, the 26th annual AFI Fest brings diverse cinematic life to Hollywood Thursday night with the world premiere of "Hitchcock." The Sacha Gervasi film starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson is one of only two world premieres at the festival, and the second has technically already had a "secret screening" at the New York Film Festival: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2012 4:23 PM
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