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The Sundance Kids

Friday, February 21, 2003

The Oscars are just around the corner, but for those filmmakers with more independent proclivities, the year's biggest soiree is already history. Screenwriter Cami Dalavigne arrived at this year's Sundance Film Festival with a movie to screen, a script to pitch….and a tape recorder. She brings us this report from ...

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Scene: Airplane

Friday, February 21, 2003

Chances are, if you've seen an airplane in a movie, it was a set. The same set, in fact, that was used in that other movie you saw with the airplane in it. And that other one. Reporter Rachael Myrow journeys to the San Fernando Valley, where moviemakers pay big ...

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Foreign Film Strikes Back

Friday, January 24, 2003

Despite the critical hype around some recent foreign films, movies from abroad bring in only a tiny fraction of box-office revenues. Once upon a time foreign films were much more popular in American theaters. On The Media's Paul Ingles looks back at the heyday of foreign films and gives a ...

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The Two Jaspers

Friday, January 24, 2003

In 1998, James Byrd Jr., an African American man, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men in Jasper, Texas. This week, PBS revisited the racially-motivated murder by airing a documentary called "The Two Towns of Jasper." It's the product of a collaboration between two ...

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Hollywood Joins the Fray

Friday, December 27, 2002

An armload of big-ticket Hollywood talent, including some of the folks who brought us Star Trek and the Shawshank Redemption, have signed on to bring American-style programs, and through them presumably, American-style values to the Muslim world. The programs will be funneled through a non-profit group called Al Haqiqa (which ...

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More Accurately

Friday, December 06, 2002

Filmmaker Michael Moore gained fame with the 1989 movie "Roger and Me," a look at the closing of the GM plants in Flint, Michigan. He was denied an academy award nomination for best documentary either because the film was too anti-establishment (his explanation) or, as it later came out, because ...

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"100 Days in Rwanda"

Friday, November 22, 2002

Shot at the actual scenes of the mass murders of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, "100 Days in Rwanda" is a new film about the horror that took place there. Before "100 Days," director and co-producer Nick Hughes had already made documentaries about the genocide—but in this new endeavor, he and ...

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Potter Fans on This Side of the Pond

Friday, November 15, 2002

While the Harry Potter tour may not be so accessible for young fans in the States, studios have found other ways to satisfy American fans who want more than the celluloid experience. OTM special correspondent Frank Brindle reports.

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"I Wanna See Harry Potter…in England!"

Friday, November 15, 2002

Through the magic of the huge movie opening this weekend, everyone’s favorite boy wizard is coming to a theatre near you. But seeing Harry Potter on the big screen still isn’t close enough for everyone. The Harry Potter tour in England takes the most devoted of fans to the locations ...

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(Not) Coming to a Theater Near You!

Friday, November 08, 2002

Independent filmmakers: optimistic or short-changed? Bob speaks with the Burton sisters-- producers from the new independent film "Manna from Heaven"-and Harry Shearer-writer and director of independent flick "The Teddy Bear's Picnic"-about their ideas on how independent films will sink or swim when faced with the ever-present challenge of distribution.

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Cinerama

Friday, October 11, 2002

Fifty years ago, post-war America witnessed the birth of pop-luxe and theretofore unsurpassed commercial culture. One example of the boom in disposable income and entertainment-related spending came in the form of the 1952 film "This is Cinerama"-a movie which would introduce viewers to what was then the largest movie screen ...

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Indy of the Month Club

Friday, September 20, 2002

Thanks to the Internet, soon film buffs won't have to fly to Portland and Cannes to see all those independent films that didn't make it to the local Blockbuster. Subscribers of the new film club Film Movement will able to view first-run independent films in the comfort of their living ...

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Director's Guild

Friday, September 20, 2002

Breakthroughs in technology have been a boon to filmmakers, but as software prices go down and become more accessible, the same breakthroughs have also become something of a bane. Family-friendly companies now offer services to edit sex, violence, or rough language out of films. Brooke talks to filmmaker and Director's ...

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Indian Film Censored

Friday, August 30, 2002

Films in India are routinely censored if there’s too much sex or violence. But now Indian officials are censoring a documentary for its anti-nationalist message. Bob talks to Anand Patwardhan, director of War and Peace.

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Movie Novelization

Friday, August 30, 2002

Saving Private Ryan was called an accurate depiction of war and a throwback to the great WWII films of the fifties. It’s also quite a page-turner. Max Allan Collins wrote the novel based on Speilberg’s film. He also wrote the novelization of Road to Perdition, which is kind of weird, ...

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Hollywood’s Native Americans

Friday, August 23, 2002

There are two types of Native Americans on Hollywood sets: the scalping savage of Westerns, and the noble spiritual guide of more recent films. Luckily, Tinseltown isn’t the only place making movies. OTM’s Paul Ingles finds out how Hollywood holds up against independent releases in representing Native Americans.

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Here’s the Pitch....

Friday, July 19, 2002

Everyone has a sense of what it takes to pitch a movie to a studio executive: talk fast, compare it to two earlier blockbusters, and, if at all possible, think sequel. But that’s just the 9/10ths of it. In a groundbreaking report - think Watergate meets Tailwind - OTM’s Rex ...

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Film Festivals

Friday, June 21, 2002

There are 500 to 1500 film festivals worldwide. Some festivals turn small towns into film distribution factories, while others are salutes to specific genres, like silent flicks, while still others bring the blockbusters of Hollywood to isolated parts of the world. Bob talks with Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan, ...

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Dirty Cops Sound Off

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Police officers depicted on television often come with standard issue halos, but cops in movies have a grittier, less-than-saintly edge to them. Good or bad, though, one staple of all police dramas is that cops have to break the rules sometimes in order for justice to be served. Brooke talks ...

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Star Wars Myth is…Well, a Myth

Saturday, April 27, 2002

George Lucas’ epic saga of light sabers, death stars and ewoks is the popularized restoration of a timeless arc of storytelling: the myth. Actually, Star Wars has less to do with Lucas’ intense interest in comparative mythology than in the science fiction he read growing up. So argues Salon.com writer ...

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