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Terry George Talks Oscar-Winning Short 'The Shore,' Michael Mann's 'Luck'

Last week in New York, Irish writer-director Terry George and I met at the fabled Monkey Bar off Fifth Avenue to talk about his Oscar-nominated short, "The Shore." The Irish filmmaker was nominated for writing "In the Name of the Father" and "Hotel Rwanda" and directed Don Cheadle to an acting nomination in that film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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SXSW Releases Full 2012 Festival Lineup

Unknown ObjectThe South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival today revealed the full lineup for its 2012 conference and festival, scheduled to open on March 9 with the premiere screening of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," and run through March 17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 15, 2012 3:00 PM
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Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2012 11:51 PM
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Oscar Watch: William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Oscar Winner 'Fantastic Flying Books' UPDATED

William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Fantastic Flying Books
Who says high and low tech can't come together in animation and publishing?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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Oscar Watch: Director Patrick Doyon Talks Animated Short "Sunday"

What it feels like to be going to the Oscars: "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen when I was making the film—I just wanted it to be the best it could be. The Oscar nomination is like the cherry on the sundae."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 9, 2012 10:56 AM
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SXSW Announces Lineup of Midnighters and Short Films

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest. This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 3:10 PM
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Oscar Watch: Directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Talk Animated Short "Wild Life"

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's Oscar-nominated animated short "Wild Life" is anything but conventional. Set in 1909, it follows a young Brit who travels to the great adventurous unknown that is Canada, eager to make a life for himself as a rancher. Once he arrives, however, he finds his rarefied upbringing hasn't prepared him for his new life.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 2:06 PM
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Pixar's 'La Luna,' Timeless Coming of Age Fable from Director Enrico Casarosa

Here's a first look at Pixar's latest short film, La Luna, which premiered at the Annecy International Animation Festival, running June 6-11. The short's director and Head of Story, Enrico Casarosa, began with Pixar in 2002, working as a story artist on Cars, followed by Ratatouille and Up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2012 8:52 PM
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Oscar-nominated Shorts to Screen Theatrically on February 10

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures are teaming up for the theatrical release of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short firms, including those for animation, live action and documentary.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 26, 2012 10:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Cinelan's Focus Forward Doc Initiative

Last October we announced GE and Cinelan's documentary initiative, Focus Forward. Check out this video featuring the directors of the thirty upcoming 3-minute films, including "Super Size Me"'s Morgan Spurlock, "Wasteland"'s Lucy Walter, "Shut Up & Sing"'s Barbara Kopple, "Paradise Lost"'s Joe Berlinger and many more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 3:09 PM
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