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Editor's Note
The Oscars are this weekend, and, as we do every year, we've created an Oscar section that includes all the articles from the print magazine and online about the nominees. Several are already up, and the remainder will be on the site by Sunday. We just posted today one of the best articles from our Fall 2010 issue -- Kramer vs. Kramer director Robert Benton interviewing Blue Valentine's Derek Cianfrance. At the end of the piece, Cianfrance asks Benton a question about career longetivity, and it's beautiful advice for all young filmmakers. Read it -- or bookmark it -- now. Earlier in the week we posted our Spring cover story on Debra Granik, nominated for her Winter's Bone. It's a very candid conversation about everything from having your financing fall apart at the last minute to respecting the communities you film in. Tomorrow visit the site for my interview with Darren Aronofsky about Black Swan.

Elsewhere on the site, after a brief hiatus "The Microbudget Conversation" returns, this week with a post about the challenge of realizing good sound on a low budget. In our Video section, Cedar Rapids director Miguel Arteta gives good advice for anyone thinking about directing a comedy. Enjoy the Oscars -- and the Spirit Awards -- and see you next week.

Scott Macaulay

P.S.: The IFP's Script to Screen Conference will be held on March 5. You can register now.

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IFP'S SCRIPT TO SCREEN CONFERENCE - MARCH 5 IFP's Script to Screen Conference explores new opportunities available to indie filmmakers and writers with this full day of workshops, seminars, and networking. Anchored by conversations with veteran writer/director Barry Levinson (Diner, Avalon, Sleepers) and hot newcomer Mark Heyman (Black Swan), the day will also feature a look at new platforms for writers with Carol Kolb, Head Writer of the Onion News Network; a case study with the creative team behind Sundance breakout Martha Marcy May Marlene Ted Hope; and once again this year - a chance for five selected attendees to pitch their script idea to a panel of experts from Glass Eye Pix, Magnolia Pictures, and Visit Films. Pitch submission deadline is Friday 2/25. Full details on panels and tickets here.
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HEARTBEATS Directed by Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), Heartbeats is a contemporary look at love and friendship which follows three young people in Montreal involved in a love triangle. Francis (Dolan) and Mary (Monia Cokri), a gay man and a straight woman, have always been the best of friends. When they meet Nick (Niels Schneider) at a party, his dreamy beauty and flirtatiousness cause them both to lust for him. Eventually their crushes lead to jealousy between the two friends. "Basically what I was trying to tell people through this film is how shallow we can be in love," says Dolan in this week's Director Interview. Read our interview with Dolan below.
OF GODS AND MEN Based on the story about the deaths of seven French Trappist monks in 1996 Algeria, Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois (Don't Forget You're Going to Die), takes us into the monastery of Tibhirine, where these monks live in harmony amongst their Muslim brethren. During the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, the monks were kidnapped and found dead two months later. While their deaths were originally attributed to the Armed Islamic Group, reports uncovered that they may have accidentally been killed by the Algerian army in a failed rescue attempt. The film, which stars Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes and has been nominated for Best Foreign Film at this weekend's Independent Spirit Awards.
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A stylized depiction of hopelessly "imaginary" love, Xavier Dolan's sophomore feature Heartbeats (which also premiered at Cannes) trails a pair of close friends -- witty, Audrey Hepburn manque Marie (Monia Chokri) and sweet-faced Francis (Dolan) -- who simultaneously crush out on tousle-haired Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a dreamy new acquaintance whose Adonis-like physical beauty and bedroom-ready manner drive them into a passive-aggressive rivalry for his affection. read more

Festival Deadlines
Seattle International Film Festival
FutureWave Submission Deadline: March 1
Festival Dates: May 19-June 12

Indianapolis International Film Festival
Regular Deadline: March 1
Late Deadline: March 15
Festival Dates: July 14-24

Late Deadline: March 1.
Extended Deadline: March 31
Festival Dates: Jun. 22-26

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