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On another note, there have been some great things posted on the blog this week. Particularly, take a look at the two highly informative posts from young producers attending the Sundance Creative Producer's Lab, Mynette Louie and Thomas Woodrow (links to their posts are below).

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor
      NEW IN THEATERS
THE COVE
Beneath the surface of the small town of Taiji, Japan lies a dark side: a slaughterhouse for dolphins. In The Cove, a documentary by Louis Psihoyos, we see dolphins making their yearly migration past Japan who are then caught and rounded up. The "lucky" ones get sent to marine parks and aquariums; the rest are turned into meat, endangering the country to a high level of mercury. With the assistance of a former dolphin trainer and a special ops team, Psihoyos uncovers the dangerous practices condoned and covered up by not only the Japanese fishing industry, but by the government and media, leaving many in the dark of how their meat is produced. The slaughterhouse (hidden by hills under high security) is the heart of many sinister and covert trades between Japan and other countries, and the making of The Cove risked the lives and reputations of its filmmakers and participants to uncover this secret industry practice. Winner of the Audience Award at this past Sundance, the film has become an early frontrunner for this year's Best Doc Oscar. Read our piece on Psihoyos from our Sundance coverage.

LORNA'S SILENCE
The Dardenne brothers (La Promesse, Rosetta) continue in their cinematic depictions of lower-class life in Belgium with the Cannes award-winning film Lorna's Silence. Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), an Albanian immigrant in Belgium, is stuck in a loveless marriage to junkie Claudy (Jérémie Renier) because she wanted Belgian citizenship. She wants to leave him to run away with her Albanian boyfriend and open a snack bar, but she doesn't have enough money. Her mobster friend Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione) offers this scenario: he'll murder Claudy, re-marry Lorna to a Russian mobster who will pay her and Fabio a lot of money in exchange for getting him a EU passport, then walk away. Would Lorna go through with this plan to follow her dreams? Is it worth the price? Interviewing the Dardennes for this week's Director Interviews, Nick Dawson says "Lorna's Silence shows the Dardennes at their best, creating realistic situations with true dramatic and emotional intensity." Read our interview with the Dardennes below.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay posts the uncondensed responses from Sam Green, Natalia Almada, Ross Kauffman and Joe Swanberg on our Summer issue piece highlighting the jobs filmmakers take when they're not making films, Macaulay also posts the experiences Mynette Louie (pictured left) and Thomas Woodrow had at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
19th ANNUAL GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS™ SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 1 AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET - SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
One of the leading awards for independent film, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ honor independently-distributed American feature films. The awards also present Tributes to icons within the creative and business community as part of the ceremony. Among those feted with Tributes as part of recent ceremonies are: actors Javier Bardem, Pénelope Cruz and Kate Winslet; filmmakers Mira Nair, Gus Van Sant and Melvin Van Peebles; executives Shelia Nevins (HBO Documentaries) and Jonathan Sehring (IFC Films); and film critic Roger Ebert. As the first major awards of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films and breakthrough actors and directors. Recent winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include Frozen River (2008), Trouble the Water (2008), Into the Wild (2007), Sicko (2007), Half Nelson (2006), and Iraq in Fragments (2006). Submissions are now being accepted in five competitive categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director and Best Ensemble Performance. The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST on Monday, September 21st, 2009. Criteria and applications are available here.

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE, LORNA'S SILENCE
By Nick Dawson

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 2008 Cannes entry Lorna's Silence, is a return to their preferred territory, stories of young outsiders, crime and poverty in contemporary Belgium. The movie's central character is Albanian immigrant Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), who is in a fraudulent marriage to junkie Claudy (Jérémie Renier) that has gained her Belgian citizenship. Her ultimate aim is to start a snack bar with her boyfriend Sokol (Alban Ukaj), however the men who paid Claudy to marry her now want her to marry a Russian gangster to grant him citizenship – which means getting Claudy out of the picture. read more

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Festival Dates: Feb. 11-14

New Hampshire Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Aug. 5
Festival Dates: Oct. 15-18

Sundance Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Aug. 17 (early), Sept. 25 (final)
Festival Dates: Jan. 21-31

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