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Jonathan Glazer
Gotham Fest Celebrates Fierce Independents

LOS ANGELES ( - The Gotham Independent Film Awards, an event that bills itself as the kickoff to the film awards season, is entering its 24th year. But it wasn't until 2004 that the ceremony started to resemble similar kudofests -- including its West Coast sibling, the more conspicuous Film Independent Spirit Awards -- by introducing best feature and documentary prizes. Last year, it incorporated actor and actress kudos into the proceedings. The event, taking place Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street, started out as a career achievement showcase, with various breakthrough awards entering into the equation over the years. Now there are seven competitive awards, that judge films...