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May 1, 2003 | Mark Olsen, Special to the Times
It is unlikely that many filmmakers can lay claim to having once been Miss Illinois. Or, for that matter, to a past that includes regular roles on such durable daytime soap operas as "Days of Our Lives" and "The Guiding Light." For Karen Moncrieff, writer and director of "Blue Car," the journey from pageants and soaps to lens and film speeds and release dates has been a long one.
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May 1, 2003 | Mark Olsen, Special to the Times
It is unlikely that many filmmakers can lay claim to having once been Miss Illinois. Or, for that matter, to a past that includes regular roles on such durable daytime soap operas as "Days of Our Lives" and "The Guiding Light." For Karen Moncrieff, writer and director of "Blue Car," the journey from pageants and soaps to lens and film speeds and release dates has been a long one.
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May 2, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
It can happen late in a career, or early, or several times, but what all performers hope for is that defining role, a part that makes full use of all they have to give at a particular moment in time. For Agnes Bruckner, not yet 18, "Blue Car" is that kind of film. Sensitively directed by Karen Moncrieff, who also wrote the screenplay, "Blue Car" made an impact at Sundance 2002 despite being unceremoniously shunted off to a noncompetitive slot.
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December 29, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Writer-director Karen Moncrieff divides "The Dead Girl," her dark follow-up to "Blue Car," into five short stories, each bearing a title referring to one of its characters. A blanched diorama of beaten-down women connected to one another by the hand of a killer, the film captures the sense of desperation that seeps into contemporary life when we are confronted by the inhumane.
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November 29, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
After several years of honoring more mainstream fare, Film Independent's Spirit Awards returned to their indie roots for many of the nominations announced Tuesday in Los Angeles. While one of the best feature nominees -- "Little Miss Sunshine" -- was a breakout hit and likely Oscar contender, the others -- "American Gun," "The Dead Girl," "Half Nelson" and "Pan's Labyrinth" -- had limited distribution or haven't been released.
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January 19, 2002 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year's Sundance Film Festival is one of the hottest film markets in recent memory, with more than half a dozen movies picked up for distribution so far. Yet many people here are complaining that the festival, which wraps up this weekend, lacks the fireworks, the breakout movies, that have characterized the past couple of years. "It absolutely is the most robust year in quite a while," says Jeff Dowd, a producer's representative who has a number of films here.
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July 15, 1985 | JENNINGS PARROTT
--This is the week that Eric DeWilde, the penniless orphan, becomes an independently wealthy adult. Three years ago, having run away from home in Hollywood, Fla., after a scolding by his aunt, he found a sack alongside railroad tracks where he was walking. Inside were jewels worth $346,800. Police were notified, but no one ever claimed the bag. Most of the 76 unset diamonds, rings, bracelets and brooches the teen-ager found were auctioned off last year by Christie's in New York.
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January 9, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Whatever else people say about the Sundance Film Festival--and they say quite a lot--it's an event that's been known for its dependability. Up to now. Be prepared to think of Sundance 2002 as the Sundance of dislocation, displacement and business not as usual.
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December 28, 2006
TODAY THEATER What the body can do The acrobats of the New Shanghai Circus will perform their eye-popping array of magic, juggling, archery, trick cycling and more at the Cerritos Center. New Shanghai Circus, Cerritos Center, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Opens today at 2 and 8 p.m. $31 and $42. (562) 467-8810; www.cerritoscenter.com* Also 2 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Ends Sunday.
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February 19, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Director Alexandra Lipsitz's debut feature, "Air Guitar Nation," struck the right chord with cinephiles on last year's film festival circuit. The whimsical documentary chronicling the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, where mock rockers finger the frets and twang the strings of their invisible instruments, won audience awards in Austin, Texas, and Traverse City, Mich.
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December 26, 2006 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
At the world premiere of "The Dead Girl" last month as part of AFI Fest, writer and director Karen Moncrieff held her young daughter as she introduced the film. Moncrieff announced that the night was also the little girl's first birthday. As the crowd began to clap at the news, so too did young Ruby. For a few moments the night seemed an unexpectedly joyous occasion.
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