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Sundance 2013: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontiers Programs, Focus on Exhibition

Unlike most of the Sundance Film Festival sections this coming January, which largely introduce brand-new films, the Spotlight program screens the best of films that have already been shown around the world. Many are official Oscar submissions, including Sony Pictures Classics releases "Fill the Void" and "No," while their "The Gatekeepers" is in this year's documentary race. Sarah Polley's lauded Telluride/Toronto entry "Stories We Tell" (Roadside) will compete next year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2012 4:00 PM
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Athena Film Festival Returns in 2013; Honors Hurd, DuVernay, Haskell, Kuo & Mitchell

The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will return to Barnard College in 2013...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:56 PM
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Five Sundance 2013 Titles Hail from San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 Program

Sundance has chosen five films from the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 program for its 2013 edition. The five titles that will premiere at Sundance are...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 5:39 PM
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Sundance 2013: US and World Feature & Doc Competition Titles, NEXT Lineup

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is starting to release its schedule. Wednesday with its first round of programming - including its US and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition films, and its out-of-competition NEXT lineup.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 4:00 PM
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Doha Film Institute's CEO Talks Fest Growing Pains, Tribeca Connection & Arab Spring

Only weeks into the job, the Doha Film Institute's new CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater sat down to chat with TOH! during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival to discuss the long-term goals of the nascent festival, now in its fourth year, and DFI itself, the umbrella organization which presides over all of Qatar's film initiatives.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 24, 2012 6:59 AM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Jury Prizes to 'The Repentant,' 'Lebanese Rocket Society' & 'Lyrics Revolt'

The 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival bestowed its awards Thursday night in the Arab Film Competition, the region's only dedicated competition for Arab talent, in a ceremony held at the Al Rayyan Theatre in the Qatari capital's historic marketplace, the Souq Waqif.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 23, 2012 2:32 PM
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'Life of Pi' Review: Ang Lee's Gorgeous Adaptation is Stunning 3-D Triumph

Is it possible for a wild animal to love a human being? And vice versa? At a time in the world when religion can be so devisive, Martel's story of a Hindu/Christian/Muslim who is the sole human survivor of an ocean shipwreck reminds that film can both heal and inspire. But it is also a stunning technological triumph.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2012 12:53 PM
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Naomi Watts Nabs Achievement Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award on January 5. Watts has a history with the fest, which previously honored her Oscar-nominated performance in "21 Grams" in 2003.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 11:58 AM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Purvis & Wade Talk 'Skyfall,' Their Last Bond Movie, and Kinky 'Cocaine Nights'

At their Doha Tribeca Film Festival Masterclass, which took place on the rooftop of a hotel on the edge of the city's old souk (with a fighter jet screaming overhead to add to the 007 vibe), British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade revealed why "Skyfall" will mark the satisfying conclusion to their five-film James Bond journey. The ride began nearly 15 years ago with "The World Is Not Enough" and continued with Pierce Brosnan's final 007 excursion, "Die Another Day," as well as all three of Daniel Craig's outings, "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace" and "Skyfall."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 20, 2012 6:12 AM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Mira Nair Defends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist,' Discusses Difficult Journey from Page to Screen

Director Mira Nair was put in the unusual position of having to defend her film, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', from conflicting suggestions of pro- and anti-American bias at the film's press conference as opening-night film for the 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival. One regional journalist wanted to know why Riz Ahmed's Changez, the Pakistani protagonist who switches from successful Wall Street trader to fundamentalist Muslim professor (and possible terrorist) in a post-9/11 world, repeats the phrase, "I love America"; another questioned whether the film's mistrustful ending ultimately serves as a condemnation of the U.S.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 19, 2012 4:11 AM
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