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Tribeca 2012 Wrap, Must-Sees and Avoids: 'War Witch,' 'Una Noche,' 'Francophrenia' Come Out on Top; 'Lola' on Bottom

Tribeca 2012 is over. Here's my list of what was memorable out of this year's programme --and not. RECOMMENDED
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 30, 2012 4:27 PM
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Wolfe Takes US Rights to SXSW's 'Gayby'

"Gayby" has gone to Wolfe Releasing for US distribution. The comedy, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, premiered at SXSW and won audience and jury prizes at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The story, based on Lisecki's 2010 short film of the same name (that screened at over a hundred festivals), is about a gay man and a straight woman who decide to have a baby together. Wolfe's Maria Lynn says, “'Gayby' is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years." Wolfe will release the film theatrically later this year in collaboration with The Film Collaborative; a DVD/VOD release will follow in 2013. A full synopsis is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 3:38 PM
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EXCLUSIVE First Look Clip: Kat Coiro's Tribeca Premiere 'While We Were Here'

Writer-director Kat Coiro's "While We Were Here" debuts at Tribeca on April 21. Our exclusive first-look clip is below. Shot on the glorious Amalfi Coast in black and white, Coiro's second feature (after cutesy trifle "L!fe Happens," in limited release this month) stars Kate Bosworth, Iddo Goldberg and Jamie Blackley.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 10, 2012 2:08 PM
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Trailer Watch: Michelle Williams Carries Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz'

Sarah Polley's follow up to 2006's "Away from Her"--which earned two Oscar nominations, for Julie Christie's acting and Polley's adapted screenplay-- is almost here. "Take This Waltz," starring Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, has a new trailer that reveals more than the first one...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2012 12:11 PM
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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: We Can Do Better (Poll)

Less than six months since Steve Job's passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 1:51 PM
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Eli Roth Will Deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote on April 20

On April 30, the Independent Film & Television Alliance will present its 13th annual IFTA Production Conference, titled “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget," with a keynote address by indie filmmaker Eli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin Fever," "The Last Exorcism.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2012 6:10 PM
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Adam Leon's SXSW Winner 'Gimme the Loot' Goes to Sundance Selects

"Gimme the Loot" goes to Sundance Selects for North and Latin American distribution. The Adam Leon film, which just won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW, follows two teenagers in the Bronx who must raise $500 to exact revenge on a rival graffiti gang that destroyed their latest masterpiece...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:04 PM
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Gravitas Expanding Release for Aaron Rottinghaus' 'Apart' via Tugg

Gravitas Ventures will use on-demand enabler Tugg to expand the current theatrical and VOD run of Aaron Rottinghaus' psychological thriller "Apart."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 5:29 PM
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Film Independent Announces Filmmakers for 2nd Annual Documentary Lab

Film Independent announces the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, which is sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. The filmmakers , listed below, will participate in a seven-week intensive in Los Angeles beginning this week through the end of April...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 2:58 PM
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SXSW Interview: Duplass Brothers Talk 'Jeff,' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' and Career Plan (Video)

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and Red Flag Releasing, a small indie run by ex-Warner Independent execs Laura Kim and Paul Federbush, who are able to do day-and-date VOD in a way that the studio cannot without straining relationships with exhibitors. The Duplasses figure they are getting the best of both possible worlds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 10:56 AM
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