Hatching A Star: The tenacious Hushpuppy, of Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, is played by the equally fearless Quvenzhane Wallis, who was plucked for the role from a Louisiana elementary school. "It was an absolute miracle that we found her," Zeitlin says. Jess Pinkham/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom opened the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He received Academy Award nominations for The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Niko Tavernise/Focus Features hide caption

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Director Wim Wenders spent a year working with 3-D experts in preparation for filming Pina. Donata Wenders hide caption

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Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin spent nine months in North Memphis, Tenn., with the Manassas Tigers. The Weinstein Co. hide caption

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Members of the Earth Liberation Front were charged with arson in the 2001 Superior Lumber Co. fire in Glendale, Ore. Roy Milburn hide caption

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Hell and Back Again focuses on Sgt. Nathan Harris' life on the battlefield in Afghanistan and at home in North Carolina. Courtesy Danfung Dennis hide caption

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Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life in prison when he was 16 years old. He was released in August 2011. Courtesy HBO hide caption

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Francisco, seen here with his mother, Maria, is one of the students Davis Guggenheim follows in Waiting for Superman. Paramount Vantage hide caption

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Filmmaker Charles Ferguson places the blame for the 2008 financial crisis on the American financial industry. Representational Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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