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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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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'And Who Taught You to Drive' Follows Three Quests for Foreign Drivers Licenses

Check out this exclusive clip from SXSW documentary "And Who Taught You to Drive?" The film, directed by Andrea Thiele, follows three different individuals as they jump through hoops to attain drivers licenses in foreign countries -- German Mirela in India, American Jake in Japan, and South Korean Hye-Won in Germany.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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2013 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with 'Mistaken for Strangers,' Road Documentary on Band The National

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April17-28) will open with Tom Berninger's road documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," starring the director on a personal journey with his brother, frontman Matt Berninger, on tour with his Brooklyn-based band The National.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 1, 2013 11:42 AM
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