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Marston.jpgFilmmaker Joshua Marston's movie Forgiveness of Blood is about blood feuds in Albania and it's sparked a feud of its own after being disqualified as an Oscar contender for best foreign-language film. Marston tells us his side of the story and challenges the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules. His film opens in Los Angeles and New York on February 24 and extends to more cities after that. Plus, we go behind the scenes on producing the Independent Spirit Awards-- indie films' biggest event. Put on by the non-profit organization Film Independent, this awards show is like no other. It's a luncheon where whiskey flows like water and the past hosts like John Waters, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson were irreverent and unpredictable. This year it will carry on that tradition with Seth Rogan as its host. The event takes place Saturday, February 25 and airs that night on IFC at 10pm.

Today's Banter Topics:
- Former agents sue actor Chris Pine
- Comcast earnings show life for Universal and cable channels but not NBC
- Oprah tweets to Neilson families, then apologizes



Photo of Joshua Marston courtesy of IFC Films and Sundance Selects
Guest Interview Filmmaker Joshua Marston; Putting on the Spirit Awards

Guests:
Joshua Marston, filmmaker
Diana Zahn-Story, Independent Spirit Awards
Shawn Davis, Independent Spirit Awards

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