Sharon Knolle

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Mad Hot Ballroom

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With the immortal phrase "This would make a great movie,"  freelance writer Sewell turned an article on ballroom dancing in New York City grade schools into her first film, "Mad Hot Ballroom."

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Brokeback Mountain

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"I was sort of relentless," Ossana admits of her eight-year odyssey to bring "Brokeback Mountain" to the screen. "It was both a blessing and a curse for the people around me."

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Crash

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As if the logistics of making a sociopolitical indie film in multiple locations in Los Angeles with an all-star ensemble cast wasn't headache enough, disaster struck the production of "Crash" when…

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman had to be convinced he was the man for the highly demanding lead role of "Capote." The fussy physicality and the high, fey voice were all challenges the actor was reluctant to…

Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal steps away from the sensitive, moody roles he's been known for into the aggressive, intense life of a Marine on the eve of combat in "Jarhead," based on the Persian Gulf War memoirs…

Don Cheadle

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Don Cheadle might have only a supporting role in "Crash," but he was instrumental in getting the film made. Once he read the script, by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, he immediately came onboard as…

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Multitasking marvels

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Small, personal films don't seem to get made without star power and a whole lot of fundraising. George Clooney, Tommy Lee Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Don Cheadle, who shepherded a handful of…

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