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Free Screening of Gasland this Friday!

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      See a FREE SCREENING of GASLAND this Friday! Presented by The Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation. GASLAND Friday, September 3* 9:00pm American Tobacco Campus - Main Lawn 318 Blackwell Street Durham, NC, 27701 FREE! When filmmaker Josh Fox discovers that Natural Gas drilling is coming to his area-the Catskillls/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, he sets off on a 24 state journey to uncover the dee...

Sundance Audience Favorite Opens Gen Art FF

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  Some might say that the most prized award given at the Sundance Film Festival is the public prize. Winners of the Audience Award, as opposed to winners of the juried competitions, tend to indicate an innate audience appreciation that speaks volumes to film distributors and critics. In that light, tonight's Opening Film at the 15th Gen Art Film Festival is bound to be a crowd pleaser. HappyThankYouMorePlease is the directorial debut of actor Josh Radnor, best known for his role o...

Sundance can really pick the winners... this year.

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Along with new festival directors, this year the Sundance Film Festival had an entirely new vision.  Main Street was crowded, people dined and socialized well into the early morning and Sundance just felt more "alive" than it was last year.  This could be partly due to the slight rise claimed in the American economy or it could simply be the better selection of films. As proof that the festival is doing it's job, many of the films are moving on to be featured in o...

Sundance's Chilly Winner

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  Maybe it is the altitude or its location high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, but Sundance Film Festival jurors seem to gravitate towards films that can be both chilly (and chilling) in tone and execution. Two years ago, it was FROZEN RIVER, a film about border smuggling in the frozen tundra of upstate New York that put one in the mood for an overcoat and a teeming cup of Ovaltine. Last year’s winner PRECIOUS, which just secured an impressive five Oscar nominations this morni...

European Docs Shine At Sundance

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In a somewhat strange convergence, European documentaries were the overall winners in all categories at the Sundance Film Festival, which announced its awards Saturday evening. While this is certainly a boon for European non-fiction makers, the European dramatic films in the World Cinema competition were uniformly snubbed. . However, there was much love for European docs, which is certainly something to celebrate. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section...

Sundance Film Festival jury and audience award winners

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Thirty-four films were awarded prizes in 29 categories, honoring both veteran and first-time filmmakers from the U.S. to Spain, Cambodia, and beyond. First-year Festival Director John Cooper had branded the 2010 Festival a reboot, calling for a return to the Festival's rebellious roots, and the diversity of tonight's winners would seem to move toward satisfying that mission and complicate received notions of the homogenous "Sundance film." As he did throughout the week, Cooper broug...

Hasidic Drug Dealers At Sundance

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The Sundance Film Festival is an event full of unusual stories....but Hasidic drug dealers? That has to be a first. The film, appropriately called HOLY ROLLERS, was produced and stars Danny A. Abeckaser, who is best known as a rock impressario and club promoter. The film, set in New York in the 1990s, is about a pair of Hasidic Jews who become part of an ecstasy smuggling ring. The film is the feature directorial debut of Kevin Asch with a screenplay by actor/scenarist Antonio Masc...

Deals (Finally) Blossom At Sundance

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  As the Sundance Film Festival shifts into its final weekend, with awards being announced on Saturday evening, several distribution deals have been announced. While the horde of film executives left the Festival in the past 48 hours, a rash of deals have been announced, with more expected in the days and weeks ahead. The heyday of when films were bought in the opening hours of the Festival are long gone, due to the difficult distribution landscape and the smaller number o...

Sundance, Can We Talk?

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  Joan Rivers, the queen of comedy who has been perfecting her craft in a career that spans over five decades, is as unlikely a personality as one would expect to find in the uber-indie surroundings of Park City. However, the comedienne, who is as well known for her addiction to plastic surgery as she is for her classic comedy ("can we talk?" being her signature catchphrase) is here at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of the documentary JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF...

Chinese Mass Migration At Sundance FF

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  After winning the top prize at the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the world’s most prestigious showcase for non-fiction  film, the Canadian/UK co-production LAST TRAIN HOME is making a splash at its International Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Now the clear favorite for awards recognition in the World Cinema Documentary competition here, the film seems poised for a distribution deal.   LAST TRAIN HOME by director Lixin Fan is a beautif...

Mark Ruffalo Dons Director's Cap

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  Actor Mark Ruffalo, a genial leading man who has been one of the most consistent (and unheralded) actors in significant films over the past decade, has made his directorial debut here at the Sundance Film Festival. His sturdy direction offers a quirky spin to SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, a comedy drama bout a diabled disk jockey who wakes up one day with the power to heal. The DJ, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair, is winning played by Christopher Thornton, who also wro...

Haiti Crisis Adds Resonance To Sundance Docs

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   The recent tragic events in Haiti have given an unexpected resonance to a new documentary on child sponsoring that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. A SMALL ACT by Jennifer Arnold looks at the modern day phenomenon of Westerners sponsorship and adoption of third world children.   With the Haitian crisis generating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from almost every nation of the world, often by exploiting images of ...

A New Chapter for Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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When you have already won an Oscar, have your own theater stage company and are one of the go-to acting talents in the business, there is a need for new horizons to keep oneself fresh. Such is the case  for actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, an Oscar winner for his role in the biopic CAPOTE, who debuted as a feature film director this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival with his film JACK GOES BOATING. Hoffman was born in Rochester, New York on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in hig...

Punk Rock Biopic Hit At Sundance

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  Well into its first frenzied weekend, one of the standout premieres at this year's Sundance Film Festival is the musical biopic THE RUNAWAYS, based on the girl punk rock group of the same name. The film is adapted from the band's lead-singer Cherie Currie's book 'Neon Angel' - a reflection of her experiences as a rock star. The movie chronicles THE RUNAWAYS from 1975 - 1977 at the height of the punk rock revolution in the UK and the USA. Formed by teenage girl...

Sundance Sightings 1

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Robert Redford, Sundance Founder               John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director                 Brendan Hill, HESHER               Joseph Gordon Levitt, HESHER             Paris Hilton,...

Sundance Begins With A Howl

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  More than 50 years after its initial publication, the tone poem HOWL is still a shocking bit of humanism, a cry for tolerance and a yell for individual self-expression. The poem's author, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, remained a controversial figure his entire life. The impact of this envelope-pushing literary classic and the bohemian philosopher who was its inspiration make for an appropriate opening night for this year's Sundance Film Festival, the mecca of independent a...

The Global Film Village: Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti During Sundance Film Festival

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by Marla LewinIn response to the powerful earthquake that has devastated the island of Haiti, the “Tweet House” in Park City during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is offering a virtual and physical event called “The Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti”. The Tweetup will be held at The Tweet House, located at the SHOP Yoga Studio in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 23rd from 5 to 7pm.Actor LeVar Burton, best known for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-host of the Tweetup sa...

New York Showcase En Route To Sundance

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  A group of very lucky Russian filmmakers will have the double opportunity of impressing North American audiences and industry professionals via a unique program sponsored by CEC ArtsLink. The not-for-profit organization has partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to co-host a group of four independent Russian filmmakers in the US from January 20 to February 2. Their award-winning short films will have a North American premiere screening in New York. The filmmakers will then continu...

Keeping Things Fresh - Next year's Sundance

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It may seem a bit too soon to even start thinking about the Sundance Film Festival, while still in the whirlwind of Cannes, yet plans are already in the making for this independent movie festival held every January in Utah. Celebrating their 26th year, Sundance is on the quest of finding new talent with the goal of coming back "fresher" every year. Held at the American Pavilion, Sundance Film Director, John Cooper and Program Director, Trevor Groth, discussed the ever-changing world o...

Big Mike Craft invites Reporter/female wrestler Portia Perez to join our Company

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It is with a happy heart that I am able to write you all this early in the week. I have just spent hours on Canadian Journalisms Canoe.com. It is done with great respect for the news and it is done with very serious reporting. I have asked their contributing sports reporter, Portia Perez to join our little group in Saratoga N.Y. this summer. Our film will be better, with a reporter directly involved in the production. I will personally look after Ms. Perez and see to it that all our actors are r...

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

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We are now accepting applications for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival at www.sundance.org/festival.  You may CLICK HERE to view our 2009 Submissions FAQ document, or HERE to access our 2009 Eligibility Requirements document.  The following are our deadlines and fees for this year:EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE:U.S. & INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMSMonday, August 18th, 2008 - $35 ENTRY FEEU.S. & INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES Monday, August 18th, 2008 - $45 ENTRY FEEOFFICIAL SU...

Sundance Final Wrap

 Monday, January 28----------The 2008 edition of the Sundance Film Festival is now history and a few assessments are now in order. First of all, griping aside, the Festival's venue, a ski resort high in the Wasatch Mountains, is severly limited in many respects. Not only is traffic a nightmare, accomodations scarce and ridiculously overpriced, and transportation between screening theaters rickety at best, the Festival lacks any credible center (other than a hotel lobby). With more than 50,000 v...

Final Deals At Sundance

 Monday, January 28---------With filmmakers and professionals back at their home bases, a few last minute deals for this year's Sundance season were still announced on the Festival's final day. Sony Pictures Classics, who have been unusually active this year, has closed a deal for North American rights to Jonathan Levine's THE WACKNESS, which stars Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as a New York City pscyhiatrist who trades therapy for marijuana. The film, which won the Feature Audience Award...

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