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The 2019 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 24 - Feb.3, in Park City, Utah

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Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards

Thursday, January 25----As the Sundance Film Festival moves into its final days (and the announcement of its competition awards on Saturday evening), the first of several awards announcements was made today. The Sundance Institute and NHK/Japan Broadcasting Corporation announced the winners of the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The four winners were selected from among 12 finalists by members of an international jury which included: Guillermo Arriaga, Carlos Diegues, Toshio...

The Catholic League wants federal investigation of HOUNDDOG

Thursday, January 25-- The Catholic League has gone as far as calling for a federal investigation of Sundance film, HOUNDDOG which stars Dakota Fanning (CHARLOTTE'S WEB, HIDE AND SEEK) and Robin Write Penn (WHITE OLEANDER, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE). The League believes that it has potential of being child pornography and has requested Laura Bush's assistance in asking the Department of Justice to investigate. In HOUNDDOG, Fanning portrays a 12 year-old girl who is raped by an older boy. Although...

SWEET MUD Premieres In Park City

Wednesday, January 24----SWEET MUD, the sole dramatic film from Israel in the Sundance World Cinema Drama Competition, debuted this evening at the Egyptian Theater in Park City. The film is the second feature by Israeli director Dror Shaul. Set in a kibbutz (collective farm) during the 1970s, the film is a powerful, courageous critique of kibbutzniks who ostracize a psychologically unstable young mother. It also shows the effect of their well-meaning prejudice on her youngest son, who stands p...

Sundance Celebrity Watch

Wednesday, January 24----Spotting celebrities is the favorite sport of Sundancers, with both jaded veterans and giggly novices delighting in catching sight of the famous in and around the Sundance Film Festival. ...

IKLIPZ Sundance Video Coverage

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Interview With Jared Leto of CHAPTER 27

Wednesday, January 24-----Jared Leto is the thinking man's Orlando Bloom. Possessed of a handsome face, a lithe body, piercingly deep eyes and an infectious smile, Leto is one of the few in Young Hollywood who shows no vanity in his screen performances. This is more than evidenced in his starring role as the chubby and erratic Mark David Chapman, the young man who, on a cold December night in 1980 in New York City, pointed his gun at music legend John Lennon and robbed the world of a man know...

Market News: Distribution Pickups Accelerate

Tuesday, January 23----A slew of acquisition pick-ups have accelerated as the Sundance Film Festival heads into its final days before the announcement of its awards on Saturday evening. Talks of bidding wars, all night negotiation sessions and aggressive kibitzing have generated alot of buzz in indie circles, with more announcements expected in the coming days. Among the prominent deals announced, Paramount Vantage, the newly formed specialty arm of Hollywood major Paramount Pictures, has pi...

Nominations Announced for 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Tuesday, January 23---The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) used the high profile media attention of the Sundance Film Festival to announce its nominees for the 18th GLAAD Media Awards, which honor film and television programs that have reinforced a position image of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Hosting one of the liveliest events of the week at the Side Car Bar, the crowded festivities was the place to see and be seen for the many gay and gay-frie...

Slamdance Doc: RED W/O BLUE

Sunday, January 21-- I applaud the Slamdance documentary programmers for selecting the fascinating film RED WITHOUT BLUE, directed by Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, and Todd Sills. After several screenings at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday, I walked up Main Street to the screening rooms of Slamdance and into the World Premiere of RED WITHOUT BLUE. At this point I vaguely remembered why I wrote this movie down on my screening grid. I actually wasn't even quite sure what it was about. However,...

Slamdance Arrives with WEIRDSVILLE (Red Carpet Photo Gallery)

Friday, January 19-- With over 3,500 films submitted, the 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival opened with the World Premiere of WEIRDSVILLE directed by Allan Moyle and starring Scott Speedman (FELICITY), Wes Bentley (AMERICAN BEAUTY), and Taryn Manning (HUSTLE AND FLOW, 8 MILE). In attendance from WEIRDSVILLE: Scott Speedman, Wes Bently, and Allan Moyle. In addition, Slamdance President/Co-Founder, Peter Baxter attended the Red Carpet Arrivals. WEIRDSVILLE revolves around one crazy n...

Sundance Diary: Doing The Party Crawl

Monday, January 22----Despite my earlier declaration to "Fuck The Parties", I fell victim to party fever as much as the next guy yesterday, but all were very pleasant affairs that were great networking opportunities and a chance to see old friends and colleagues. Things began at 11am at the Cafe Brilliant on Main Street, where the International Film Festival Summit held an informal get-together to introduce Sundance attendees to the plans to hold the first International Film Festival Summit i...

Market News: The Weinstein Company Picks Up GRACE IS GONE

Monday, January 22----In one of the few deals announced here for a fiction feature (documentaries have been getting all the action so far), The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of worldwide rights to GRACE IS GONE, screening in the US Dramatic Film Competition here. The film, directed by James C. Strouse, stars John Cusack in a departure from his useful laconic screen self, as a father who is overwhelmed when he gets news that his wife has been killed in the Iraq War. The film ...

European Film Promotion Offers Sales Support At Sundance

Monday, January 22----European Film Promotion, the pan-European organization that represents all the individual film promotion agencies in Europe, is lending financial and marketing support for eleven European films that are screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Film Sales Support (FSS), the European Film Promotion sales support initiative, is backing the promotion of 8 European feature films and 3 documentaries screening here this week. Begun in 2004, FSS is funded by the MEDIA Programme ...

Queer Lounge Panel: Online & Original

Sunday, January 21-- This afternoon the Queer Lounge hosted a panel called Online & Original- Filmed Content on the Web. The panal discussed how the explosion of online social networking platforms such as YouTube and MySpace has created new opportunities for LGBT filmmakers to find wide audiences. Although self-distribution and producing creative content for the web can help bring LGBT content to the masses, the major concern is, can you make any money? With the Internet becoming saturated...


Sunday, January 21-- What could possibly lead human beings to such unspeakable acts? That was the question AN AMERICAN CRIME director Tommy O'Haver (BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS, ELLA ENCHANTED) asked himself after the incident occurred involving Sylvia Likens and Gertrude Baniszewski in his hometown of Indianapolis. In 1965, 16-year old girl, Sylvia, was found starved and tortured in the basement of a suburban home. Her beatings were done by her caretaker, Gertrude, and Gertrude's children...

Kevin Bacon And Kyra Sedgwick Launch Charity Website

Sunday, January 21----Actor Kevin Bacon and his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick (who just won a Golden Globe Award last week for her role in the television drama THE CLOSER) were in Park City to launch their charitable website, a charitable community in which celebrities and regular folks alike share their favorite charity. When someone donates to someone’s charity through, a “badge” from the person whose charity is supported is shown on your Web site or blog....

Interview With Mike Cahill, Director of KING OF CALIFORNIA

Sunday, January 21----One of the more anticipated big-name films that has its world premiere later this week is KING OF CALIFORNIA, a comedy drama about the often flinty relationship between a father and a daughter. The film stars Michael Douglas in one of the quirkiest performances of his long career, and Evan Rachel Wood, a fast rising star who made her mark a few years ago with the Sundance sleeper THIREEN (directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who is serving as a juror this year). KING OF C...

PLANETOUT Short Movie Award Winners

Saturday, January 20-- The 8th annual PlantOut Short Movie Awards were celebrated with a brunch at Cicero's this morning with thanks to presenting sponsor Scion. Jenny Stewart opened the morning with an intro followed by Robert Gant and Chad Allen. PlanetOut still remains the largest LGBT short film competition. In addition to the $15K in cash prizes, independent filmmakers are provided with an online audience of 5 million, and a special screening at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival...

Market Report: Documentaries Finding Distribution

Saturday, January 20----CRAZY LOVE, a documentary feature competing in the US Documentary Film Competition ,is one of the first to be close to a distribution deal, according to trade website IndieWire. Magnolia Pictures, a division of 2929 Entertainment, is set to pick up distribution rights to the film, which had its world premiere here on Friday night. The film by Dan Klores, a film publicist-turned-director, documents the long romance between a New York socialite and a shark-like lawyer, ...

Sundance Diary: Fuck The Parties

Saturday, January 20----It borders on heresy, but after spending the last two evenings attempting to attend parties TO WHICH I WAS OFFICIALLY INVITED, I am loudly proclaiming for all to hear: "Fuck the parties!". Of course, trying to crash parties is one of the key Sundance sports, along with ticket scalping and Redford spotting. The fever begins in the early part of the day, as information on the night's soirees heat up cel phones and email connections. What's on? Where is it? How do I get a...

The Scene On Main Street

The scene on Main Street, Park City: ...

A Bittersweet Homage To An Indie Icon

Saturday, January 20----It is pretty much di rigeur that if one has one's film at the Sundance Film Festival, one moves hell and high water to make it here for the premiere. A rare exception to this rule is the case of the film WAITRESS, written, directed and co-starring Adrienne Shelly, a beloved indie actress who made her first impressions in the early films of auteur Hal Hartley (whose FAY GRIM is premiering here as well). Ms. Shelly, sadly, will not make an appearance in Park City this wee...

Strangeness, 8 bit videogame culture, and Japanese Anime = WE ARE THE STRANGE

Saturday, January 20- Sundance showcased the world premiere of WE ARE THE STRANGE at the festival's first Midnight screening of the 2007 festival. Many have gotten a glimpse of the trailer on which has already attracted over 600,000 views. The major accomplishment of this movie is that it is the first-ever digitally animated feature of its kind at Sundance. Director M dot Strange developed a new style of animation which is called Str8nime. M dot Strange spent 10 years developing...

Tribeca Alumni Premiere At Sundance

Tuesday, January 20----Three filmmakers, whose young careers have been nurtured by Tribeca All Access (TAA), the Tribeca Film Institute program, will have world premieres of their films at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The Tribeca All Access program,now in its fourth year, selects thirty directors and screenwriters from an open call for submissions and provides them with one-on-one meetings with industry insiders. The 2007 Tribeca All Access participants will be announced in early March. A...

Redford Sightings

January 19----Like a rare bird in flight, an extinct animal in the wild, a glimpse of a special species of tropical of the delights of the Sundance Film Festival is an activity known as "Redford sightings"....seeing the Sundance superstar Robert Redford in his natural habitat. Attached a few Redford sightings from the past 24 hours: Sandy Mandelberger Sundance Online Dailies Editor ...

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