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SXSW 2013: 'Bellflower' Producer Grashaw Talks Directorial Debut 'Coldwater'

Vincent Grashaw produced, edited and acted in SXSW's 2010 hit "Bellflower," written, directed and starring his fellow Coatwolf Productions pal Evan Glodell. Now he's back in Austin with "Coldwater," his feature directorial debut, which he also co-wrote. The testosterone-fueled drama centers on a teenage boy (Ryan Gosling look-a-like PJ Boudousque) sent to a privately run reform boot camp for misbehaving youth.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2013 7:32 PM
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SXSW Opens with Raucous 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

The SXSW Film Festival's opening night has been the terrain of celebrity-infused audience-pleasers from "Kick-Ass" to "The Cabin In the Woods" and this year played to a seemingly winning formula. Friday evening, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde took to the stage at the Paramount Theater in the heart of Austin to introduce "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" to a packed and rowdy audience that SXSW seems to breed and studios (and their smaller brethren) eat up. If spontaneous hollers and boisterous guffaws can pass as a barely scientific poll for how a film played, then "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" appeared to be a hit. Brass at New Line, indeed, received what past openers have found here -- a raucous crowd.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • March 9, 2013 12:51 AM
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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Reveals 2013 Slate

At a time when doc production is exploding and ways of telling real-life stories have never been more innovative and varied, it's a great moment to check out the eclectic selection at the 16th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which is becoming a major doc showcase. Running April 4-7 in Durham, North Carolina, Full Frame has revealed its 2013 slate.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 2:56 PM
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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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