’11/8/16′: More Than 30 Filmmakers to Take Part in Election-Day Documentary

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The election will be over in six days, but this cycle has been unprecedented in so many ways — most of them bad — that it’s likely to take years of hindsight and any number of books and movies to fully understand. Jeff Deutchman will start that process with “11/8/16,” a documentary he’s producing that will be directed by a huge group of directors that includes David Lowery, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang. The Orchard will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson and Danielle Digiacomo.

Read More: Career Moves: Jeff Deutchman Leaves Alchemy, Bob Pilon Goes to Participant and More

More than 30 filmmakers total will document Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier “11/4/08.” “This election has started to feel like it is testing the
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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

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For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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Co-Director/Dp Michael Palmieri on the Arkansas-Set Sundance Short Peace in the Valley

Filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher have collaborated on four documentaries since 2009: October Country, Off Label, Rougarouing and, their latest, Peace in the Valley. Presented in the Shorts program at Sundance 2016, their new film concerns issues of religion and Lgbt rights in a small Arkansas town. Below, co-director and Dp Palmieri discusses his visual approach for the film. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Palmieri: One of the reasons I gravitated towards documentary film had to do […]
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Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections

Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections
Sundance Institute has announced the full lineup of the 72 short films for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Jason Reitman and Bryce Dallas Howard are among those with short films at the festival. Howard’s “Solemates,” which also screened at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, is told through the perspective of shoes, while Reitman’s docu short “Roast Battle” chronicles the Comedy Store event.

Nasty Baby” director Sebastian Silva and Canadian helmer Don McKellar are among other established filmmakers going the short route at this year’s fest.

The shorts selection has been home to several films that have had influential careers, including “World of Tomorrow,” “Whiplash,” “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and “Fishing Without Nets.” This year’s lineup will include both a Midnight and New Frontier section, tying into the festival’s other programming.

“Our longstanding showcase of short films has become a home for audiences who love watching these rowdy,
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‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Launching Documentary Unit (Exclusive)

‘Citizenfour’ Director Laura Poitras Launching Documentary Unit (Exclusive)
Citizenfour” director-producer Laura Poitras is teaming with Aj Schnack and Charlotte Cook to launch Field of Vision, a documentary unit that will commission and create 40 to 50 episodic and short-form nonfiction films each year.

Field of Vision was developed in collaboration with The Intercept and First Look Media. The Intercept, launched in 2014 by Glenn Greenwald, Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, is a website “dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism.”

Field of Vision will launch at the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival on Sept. 27 with Poitras’ “Asylum,” a short-form series tracking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he publishes diplomatic cables and seeks asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.

Field of Vision will then start its first season on Sept. 29 on The Intercept through November with a second season to debut in early 2016. The first two season will feature new works by Kirsten Johnson, Heloisa Passos, Iva Radivojevic, Michael Moore, Shola Lynch, Yung Chang,
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Festival Focus: American Film Festival in Wrocław and U.S. in Progress Projects

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Opening with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the latest edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (22-27 October 2013) has screened some of the most important American independent films of the year. Being the only festival of its class in Eastern and Central Europe the festival has become the most important venue to connect American filmmakers with European buyers and audiences through programs like U.S. in Progress Wrocław (23-25 October 2013).

This year's program taking place at the New Horizons cinema presented 80 movies out of which 42 are Polish premieres, 3 are European premieres and 1 is a World Premiere. Among them 10 documentaries and 17 feature films competed for cash prizes in the audience-vote competitions.

The first competitive section - Spectrum ($10,000 audience award for the Best Narrative Feature) included films that have been well-received here in the U.S such as A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, and Bluebird by Lance Edmands. The second competition - American Docs ($5,000 audience award for Best Documentary Feature) had a selection of films depicting varied current issues in American society including Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, Our Nixon by Penny Lane, Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade and Stephen Silha and Before You Know It by Pj Raval.

The American Film Festival also ran a retrospective of Shirley Clarke and presented Polish premieres of high-profile films such as As I Lay Dying by James Franco, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein’s Lovelace, Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani, and Maladies by Carter. The festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sundance hit Don Jon along several U.S. in Progress participants and festival hits like I Used to be Darker by Matt Porterfier and Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Patrick Carbone. Lastly, a special section titled 'Masterpieces of American Cinema 90 Years of Warner Bros." showed 14 digitally-remastered productions by the studio from The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland (1927) through A Clockwork Orange ,The Exorcist and Christopher Nolan’s Inception

The festival will close on October 27th with Steven Soderbergh's Emmy Award-winning film Behind the Candelabra.

All competitions titles:


American Milkshake by David Andalman, Mariko Munro, USA 2012, 82'

Blue Highway by Kyle Smith, USA 2013, 70'

Coldwater by Vincent Grashaw, USA 2013, 104'

The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, USA 2013, 95'

Drinking Buddies by Joe Swanberg, USA 2013, 90'

Lily by Matt Creed, USA 2013, 85'

A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, USA 2013, 75'

Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, USA 2013, 93'

Pearblossom Hwy by Mike Ott, USA 2012, 78'

Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, USA 2013, 105'

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors by Sam Fleischner, USA 2013, 102'

Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, USA 2013, 96'

The Cold Lands by Tom Gilroy, USA 2013, 100'

In a World... by Lake Bell, USA 2013, 93'

A Song Still Inside by Gregory Collins, USA 2013, 82'

Bluebird by Lance Edmands, USA 2013, 90'

American Docs

Big Easy Express by Emmett Malloy, USA 2012

Off Label by Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, USA 2012

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, USA, Italy 2013

Fall and Winter by Matt Anderson, USA 2013

The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, USA 2013

Lenny Cooke by Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie, USA 2012

Our Nixon by Penny Lane, USA 2013

Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, USA 2013

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, USA 2013

Before You Know It by Pj Raval, USA 2012

U.S. Progress Projects

This year 6 projects in the final production stages were chosen to take part in the two-day workshop knows as U.S. in Progress Wroclaw (23-25 October, 2013). The event presents the American independent projects to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of these films in Europe.

Selected from over 40 submission the chosen projects are the dramas Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari), Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell ) and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware), crime story Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh), frontier black comedy Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum (producers: Noah Lang and Iyabo Boyd) and Summer of Blood – a New York vampire comedy by director-producer Onur Tukel.

The prizes are awarded by a jury of professionals and include post-production services from European partner companies worth almost $60.000 and promotional services from other partners. Us in Progress’ partners are: Platige Image (Warsaw), Di Factory (Warsaw), Alvernia Studios (Krakow), composer Maciej Zielinski of Soundflower Studio (Warsaw), Soundplace (Warsaw), DCinex (Belgium), Vsi (Paris), Europa Distribution, Cicae and Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers Network.

U.S. in Progress Wrocław (formerly Gotham in Progress) was started in 2011 by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film. Previous films presented at the event included, among others: I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (both shown at Sundance Ff in 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin’s Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh Iff, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt’s Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota Ff).

U.S. in Progress Wrocław is supported by the City of Wrocław, American Embassy in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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6 Reasons University Screenings are Valuable for Indie Filmmakers

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6 Reasons University Screenings are Valuable for Indie Filmmakers
This weekend, festival favorites like Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" and Donal Mosher and Mike Palmieri's "Off-Label" will screen at a festival in Central New York. This isn't an independently-run festival, though; it's the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival.  "The Act of Killing" and "Off-Label" join Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim's award-winning "Rafae: Solar Mama," Grant Lahood's "Intersexion," and Abhishek Kapoor's "Kai Po Che!" at this weekend's Suhrff. As indie filmmakers often focus on developing a resume of the most impressive film festivals and focus their theatrical campaigns on their biggest markets, universities provide a unique opportunity to provide filmmakers opportunities they miss if they don't entertain the possibility of screening for university-sponsored film festivals. Here are some reasons that university film festivals are worthwhile for filmmakers to consider: University professors often have similar interests as independent...
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Off Label Movie Review

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Off Label Movie Review
Title: Off Label Directors: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher Acute moments of heartbreak punctuate the new documentary “Off Label,” a collage-type snapshot of runaway pharma-culture which otherwise struggles to find a topic sentence or cultivate a cogent point-of-view. A nonfiction competition title at the Tribeca Film Festival, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s movie is an example of well-intentioned cinematic social advocacy undone by haphazard, point-and-shoot construction. “Off Label” ostensibly centers around seven subjects (or family members of same) who have served, either wittingly or unwittingly, as test subjects for drug manufacturers or doctors nominally in their employ. And certain of its narrative strands are undeniably hugely compelling. Iraq War veteran [ Read More ]

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Off Label: A Tragicomically Beautiful Art-Doc

Off Label: A Tragicomically Beautiful Art-Doc
The profound, personal tales stemming from the commercialization and subsequent abuse of prescription drugs deserve a penetrating exposé, but don't discount October Country filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's tragicomically beautiful art-doc, which sensitively favors unflinching testimonials and visually impressionistic observations over journalistic activism. In a tangentially linked, cleverly edited medley of portraits, a 22-year-old army medic gripes about the inapt pharmaceutical dregs offered him to combat Ptsd from his Abu Ghraib stationing, while a former inmate forgives the institutional villains who ruined him through forced medical experiments. Other guinea pigs step forward, like the neo-hippie couple who undergo drug trials to pay for their wedding,...
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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for 'Off Label' Asks "Is America Overmedicated?"

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Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher received Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominations for their debut film "October Country," a moody experimental documentary that explores the ghosts -- of all sorts -- haunting Mosher's relatives in Upstate New York. For their second documentary, the filmmaking team took on a problem of a larger scale:  America's obsession with prescription drugs.  But the filmmakers tell their story from the perspective of those affected by these drugs:  a woman who lost her son to suicide while he was being treated, a man who worked as a drug rep, men who volunteer themselves to be human lab rats. Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film in theaters and on VOD August 9.  Check out the trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, below:
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Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'

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Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2012, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's documentary "Off Label" has found North American distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film takes a serious and sobering look at our country's pharmaceutical culture, where doctors liberally dole out prescriptions to psychotropic drugs, causing alarmingly increasing rates of abuse and dependence. Weaving together stories and accounts from drug testing subjects, big business representatives, and others affected by the rampant overmedication of America. O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “Mike and Donal have created an unflinching look at an important subject, and their adept direction ensures that no matter how infuriating this information is, the film always remains touching and emotional." "Off Label" will be released on August 9th, receiving both theatrical and digital-platform distribution.
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Oscilloscope to release Off Label

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Oscilloscope to release Off Label
Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher’s documentary [pictured] will be given a theatrical and digital release in August.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher’s Off Label.

The documentary, which sees the filmmakers examine the medicine cabinets of America through stories of drug testing subjects and Big Pharma respresentatives, received its world premiere at Tribeca.

Oscilloscope will release Off Label theatrically and across all digital platforms on Aug 9.

O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub commented: “Mike and Donal have created an unflinching look at an important subject, and their adept direction ensures that no matter how infuriating this information is, the film always remains touching and emotional.”

“It’s a privilege to have Off Label on such an outstanding roster, and an honor to be working with a company that consistently demonstrates their great taste, open-mindedness and support for risk-taking films,” added Palmieri & Mosher.

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Off Label

Exploration of pharamceutical companies' ethics and reach.

The title of this documentary by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher refers to the use of any drug in a manner for which it was not originally intended or prescribed. The film, however, might more aptly be named The Guinea Pigs as it takes us on a guided tour of drug testing - both voluntary and less so - that is just one of the manifold ways that big pharmaceutical companies have knitted themselves into the very fabric of western, and specifically American, society.

Among the interviewees are professional guinea pig...
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Hot Docs Review: ‘Off Label’ Shows You The Reality Of Human Pharmaceutical Test Subjects

Off Label, the new documentary from Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country), investigates the epidemic of skyrocketing prescription drug use in America – more specifically, how medications are being tested, marketed, sold and used for purposes they weren’t originally intended for, and the toll it takes on human subjects. The film follows seven stories of people who serve as human test subjects – both willing and unwilling – by pharmaceutical companies. There’s a man who’s made his living as a human guinea pig and has just reached the age where he can no longer take part; the middle-aged bipolar woman who takes 18 pills a day with varying degrees of success; the mother of a boy who brutally killed himself when he was put on the wrong medications in a clinical study; and a young Iraq war vet with Ptsd who was prescribed a cocktail of drugs instead of getting the treatment he needed. All
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Adventures in Dslr Filmmaking: Using 4 Different Cameras to Shoot 'Off Label'

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Adventures in Dslr Filmmaking: Using 4 Different Cameras to Shoot 'Off Label'
At a recent preview screening of Donal Mosher and Mike Palmieri's "Off Label" (which makes its world premiere this week at the Tribeca Film Festival), Palmieri was lurking through the audience taking close-up footage of people's hands with his Dslr camera (digital single-lens reflex, cameras which, crudely put, are digital adaptations of 35mm cameras). When you hear about "Off Label," you're not expecting the images to be captivating: it's a film about people who, for various reasons, take copious amounts of prescription drugs. Some have been prescribed to a panoply of anti-psychotics; others test drugs for money. While most assume it's an issue film, it, like their last film "October Country," is actually much more. While contemporary Dslr cameras have been called out for democratizing high definition filmmaking, "Off Label" has stylistic flourishes that distinguish it from the pack. After seeing the team's images,...
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Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #20: 'Off Label' Directors Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher

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Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher don't see filmmaking as a choice as much as it is an incurable addiction; fitting for two directors who made a film about pharmaceutical drugs. "Choose to make movies?" they said. "We think of filmmaking as an accident from which no amount of physical therapy or prescription drugs can help us recover from." Palmieri has worked at everything from cinematography and editing to directing music videos, narratives and documentaries. Mosher's writing and photo work has primarily been conceptual documentary realm, so he two found the move into film to be pretty natural. What it's about: "Off Label" is a road trip through medicalized America, examining the pervasiveness of pharmaceutical drugs through the lives of eight very unique characters. Directors Palmieri and Mosher say: "While any number of expose style films could have and should be made on this issue, our personal interest is in...
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The Monkey on Our Back

Tribeca: Tell us about Off Label. How do you describe the movie in your own words? Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher: Off Label is a medicalized road trip across the United States and an associative essay on the pervasiveness of pharmaceuticals in our culture. This includes and extends past medicine and healing into social relations and belief systems. The film is literally all over the map, because we are interested in examining mainstream social issues that are relevant to everyone through the viewpoints of those who live on social and economic margins. It's at these margins where you begin to really see how extensive the problem is, and how it relates to other issues around it. Our hope was to bring the visual and metaphorical style we began exploring with October Country to an expanded set of themes and issues. Tribeca: What inspired you to tell this story? Was
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City.

The Festival was curated by a new programming team this year. Frédéric Boyer has joined Tff as Artistic Director, having most recently served as Artistic Director and Head of Programming for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, has expanded his role in overseeing the Festival program. Genna Terranova has been promoted to Director of Programming and Cara Cusumano returns as Programmer.

“It’s been so gratifying to watch the new programming
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James Franco's 'General Hospital' film to highlight Tribeca Film Festival

James Franco's 'General Hospital' film to highlight Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival announced half of this year’s movie showcase, the 11th edition of the New York celebration set for April 18-29. James Franco’s behind-the-scenes General Hospital feature, Francophrenia, will have its North American premiere in the Viewpoints section – the program established last year that highlights more personal stories. “He’s kind of constructed this really interesting and well-crafted film about that experience that plays with the boundaries of documentary,” says Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “It’s a bit tongue in cheek, as James himself can be. He’s a bit enigmatic and the film is as well.
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Initial 2012 Line-Up; First Look at Juno Temple In ‘Jack and Diane’

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Initial 2012 Line-Up; First Look at Juno Temple In ‘Jack and Diane’
With The Five-Year Engagement set as the opening title for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, they’ve announced more of the line-up today with World Narrative & Documentary Features as the Viewpoint titles. We’ve got the next film from The Exploding Girl director Bradley Rust Gray, Jack and Diane (as well as a first look about featuring Juno Temple, thanks to Styd).

There is a new Harmony Korine short as well Kate Bosworth‘s While We Were Here and The Girl, starring Abbie Cornish. James Franco also has his latest film, Francophrenia, featuring footage from his performance on General Hospital. Nothing sticks out too greatly yet, but if I see something as interesting as Beyond the Black Rainbow or Magic Valley like last year, I’ll be a happy man. Check it out below and come back Thursday for the rest of the announcement.

World Narrative Feature Competition

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