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COL-COA Adds Docs and Shorts to French Program

City of Lights, City of Angels (running at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood from from April 15 to 22) has confirmed its 2013 program of documentary features and short films, whetting our palates with a few of its titles before the entire lineup is announced March 27. Three films will round out COL-COA’s French documentaries:
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2013 8:18 PM
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What to See at Tribeca, from Transmedia Experiments to Steinem & 'Wajda,' Eastwood & Aronofsky

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2013 3:30 PM
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Behind Joshua Oppenheimer's Genocide Documentary 'The Act of Killing' -- Where Are the Survivors?

When New Directors/New Films opens Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, it will mark another ambitious survey of fresh talent and movies, beginning with the D.C.-sniper inspired “Blue Caprice” (its catalog description begins: “The ability of innocence to embrace evil is a chillingly reality"--and yes, someone was paid to write that). Guaranteed to grab ND/NF audiences by the throat – just as it’s been doing since last year’s Telluride – is “The Act of Killing,” (TOH! review here) directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who cast his movie with real killers who celebrate the art and craft of murder.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 19, 2013 2:04 PM
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SXSW 2013 Wrap: Best in Show, Disappointments and Four Takeaways from a Festival First-Timer

I got the chance to attend the SXSW Film Festival for my first time this year, and was impressed with the enthusiastic and respectful vibe of the festival, the warm reception from Austin locals and out-of-town festival goers alike, and -- importantly! -- the films. Below, my four takeaways from covering SXSW, and my rundown of best of the fest, buzzy titles I missed, and disappointments.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 1:27 PM
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Sun Valley Film Fest Day Two: From Steve Gaghan and Adam West to 'The Summit,' 'Chlorine,' and a New Nat Geo Nature Short Competition

A day of peaks and valleys (mostly peaks), oddly bookended by two encounters with screenwriter/directors: one glamorous, famous, handsome, self-assured, garlanded with accolades and awards, including, yes, the Oscar; the other, an indie guy, quiet, subdued, self-deprecating, even apologetic.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 16, 2013 5:54 PM
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Brody Diary Day One: Sun Valley Film Festival Brings Will McCormack, Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway, 'Wind Walkers'

Why am I at the Sun Valley Film Festival for its second annual outing? Because I ran into film blogger Michael Guillen, of The Evening Class, at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event on February 16 – a delirious day-long extravaganza of silent films with eclectic live music accompaniment, a teaser for the annual four-day festival in July – my favorite among many film festivals in San Francisco.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 15, 2013 1:02 PM
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Tribeca All Access Celebrates Ten Years, Adds Eleven New Projects

The Tribeca Film Institute’s first-ever artist program – Tribeca All Access -- is celebrating its 10th Annual program with 11 new projects (highlighted below) and a TAA Celebration on April 26, during the Tribeca Film Festival. A total of $150,000 in grants will be awarded to filmmakers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2013 2:14 PM
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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Adds More Stars and Screenings: Mel Brooks, Mickey Rooney, SNL's Bill Hader to Present

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival (April 25-28) continues to add more stars and screenings to its slate, including Mel Brooks in conversation following "The Twelve Chairs," Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters appearing with epic nutty ensemble comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and the already announced Max von Sydow tribute has added a new screening of Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of the Condor."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2013 12:51 PM
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Soderbergh to Give State of Cinema Address at San Francisco International Film Festival 2013

Brainy Steven Soderbergh, who has earned stripes as both indie and studio director, will deliver the 10th annual "State of Cinema" address at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29. The festival runs April 25 thru May 9. This should prove more than informative.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2013 12:50 PM
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Watch: Tribeca Programmers Talk Their Selections for the 2013 Film Festival

Check out this video chat, live-streamed on March 12, between Slate film critic Dana Stevens and Tribeca Film Festival chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore, and head fest programmers Genna Terranova, Sharon Badal and Frederic Boyer as they discuss their programming process and selections for the 2013 fest, which runs April 17-28 in New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2013 12:00 PM
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