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SPECIAL SECTION

EXTERMINATING ANGEL

Howard Feinstein speaks with Dogville provocateur Lars von Trier. Plus: Carol Nahra on The Five Obstructions.

COUNTER PROGRAMMING

Jehane Noujaim's Control Room offers a fascinating glimpse into the inner working of Al-Jazeera during the recent war in Iraq. By Danny Schechter.

THE NUMBERS GAME

Mary Glucksman on the hits and misses of the Sundance class of 2003. Plus: the 2003 Sundance Box Office Chart.

FANTASY ISLAND

In the Realms of the Unreal is a new documentary about outsider artist Henry Darger. Peter Bowen discusses the film with director Jessica Yu.

THE KING IS DEAD

In Never Die Alone, Ernest Dickerson updates cult novelist Donald Goines's world of '70s hustlers to the bling-bling new millennium. Andy Bailey reports.

IN A SILENT WAY

Eric Eason speaks with Andrei Zvyagintsev, director of Venice Film Festival winner The Return.

SECOND ACTS

Ray McKinnon's Chrystal is a tale of redemption in the hills of rural Arkansas. By Scott Macaulay.

POST PUNK

The Slamdance Film Festival, founded as an alternative to Sundance, turns 10 this year. Festival veteran Marina Zenovich reports.


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CONFESSIONS OF A SHORT-FILM PROGRAMMER

Sundance and CineVegas programmer Mike Plante on what makes a good short film.

TREMBLING BEFORE VIDEO

Sandi DuBowki, director of Trembling Before G-d, on making his first DVD. Plus: Microcinema DVDS.

IN THE FIELD

Documentarian Garrett Scott discusses his experiences making a film about the war in Iraq.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Scott Saunders reviews four DVD authoring applications.

HOLDING PATTERN

Tamara Krinsky checks in with the directors of Filmmaker and the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival's Fast Track program.


REPORTS

Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes; Save the Green Planet!; Tupperware!; Cindy Sherman; Pictures by Jeff Bridges; New Def Filmmaker Festival Tour; the 2003 IFP Market; Double Dare; Future Cinema; Commotion Records; Police Actors; Sadie Benning; Bodysong; Sex, Y & Z; Heartworn Highways; Tom LeGoff; Clearance & Copyright; the first annual Craic Extravaganza; Glen Fogel. PLUS: more new books and DVDs.


Winter 2004 Table Of Contents

FEATURES

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Andy Bailey discovers four new independent films about Los Angeles.

THE ELECTRIC COMPANY

JT LeRoy speaks with Paul Devlin, the director of Power Trip, a tragicomic portrait of the pitfalls of capitalism in the former Soviet Republic.

THE CRITIC

Matthew Ross and controversial film critic Armond White talk about movies, writing and the corrosive power of hype.

DESERT OF THE REAL

Travis Crawford reports on Bruno Dumont's mysterious Twentynine Palms.

BLUE MOVIE

Andrew Repasky McElhinney's new film is an art-porn hybrid based on Georges Bataille's The Story of the Eye. By Jeremiah Kipp.

SHAKEY CAM

Neil Young, a.ka. director Bernard Shakey, gets behind the camera for his third feature, the musical tone-poem Greendale.

VOD CALENDAR

Filmmaker's curated calendar of the latest video on demand titles.
Free Men Sensation Restless City
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COLUMNS

RISKY BUSINESS

Anne Thompson on the MPAA screener controversy and court case.

NEW YORK SCENE

Anthony Kaufman on the headache of Sundance fever.

WORLD CINEMA

Noah Cowan on the politics (or lack thereof) of this winter's foreign releases.

GAME ENGINE

Graham Leggat on The Lord of the Rings and the film/game convergence.

THE SUPER EIGHT

IN FOCUS

Mary Glucksman profiles six new features in production.

FEST CIRCUIT

Anne Thompson on Toronto; Andrea Meyer on the Hamptons; Tod Booth on Vancouver; Ira Sachs on Cinematexas; Carol Nahra on London.

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