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Cinema Potpourri: February

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CINEMA POTPOURRI: February (This is a new monthly segment that will cover a variety of topics -- casting news, movie happenings, and whatever happens to be on my movie-crazed mind)  SUNDANCE(what it was…what it became…what it now wants to be)Of course, the independent film movement existed long before the Sundance Film Festival opened its doors in 1985 and officially adopted its title in 1991.  But never before had mainstream Hollywood responded so resoundingly to its possibilities. Redfor...

2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards

Sunday, January 28-----The Sundance Film Festival roared into its Awards Ceremony last evening with the speed of an on-going train, as the nervous anticipation of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors filled the cavernous Racquet Club for the festivities. Anchored by the unflappable Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, the choices for Jury and Audience Awards in the US and International Feature and Documentary categories were a bit of a surprise, since many of the films that received nods w...

Sundance 2007 Awards

Sunday, January 28-----The Sundance Film Festival roared into its Awards Ceremony last evening with the speed of an on-going train, as the nervous anticipation of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors filled the cavernous Racquet Club for the festivities. Anchored by the unflappable Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, the choices for Jury and Audience Awards in the US and International Feature and Documentary categories were a bit of a surprise, since many of the films that received nods w...

Market News: Last Minute Deals At Sundance

Saturday, January 27----A series of "last minute" deals were announced in the past 24 hours that have made this Sundance a very positive one for film buyers and sellers. While there will undoubtedly be more announcements in the coming days, these acquisition pick-ups underscores the Festival's growing importance as not only a treasure trove of American indies, but of international fare as well. This was evident with the announcement that ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, a Danish documentary by Eva Mulva...

Anti-Bush Protest At Sundance

Friday, January 26----While most of the milling about on Main Street in Park City has to do with celebrity-watching, party-crashing and film-hopping, an earnest group of filmmakers, industryites and audience members used the high visibility of the Sundance Film Festival to mount a protest against President Bush and his avowed "plan" (??) to add more than 20,000 more troops and several billion more dollars to the Iraq War. With several documentaries at the Festival openly critical of the costl...

Market News: Deals, Deals And More Deals

Friday, January 26---On the eve of the Festival's closing weekend, several impressive distribution deals have been announced, which have made this one of the more active Festivals in recent years. In light of the box office and awards bonanza of the little-film-that-could LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (a Sundance pick-up last year for Fox Searchlight), acquisition execs have been aggressive in snatching up films with equal potential. Of course, whether these were wise decisions that will pay off hands...

Market News: More Deals Confirmed

Thursday, January 25----Deals are coming fast and furious as the Sundance Film Festival enters its final weekend. While some acquisition execs will be waiting to see what American and international titles win jury and audience awards, the activity has been brisk with more deals announced in the past 48 hours of various films that have world premiered at the Festival. ONCE, a tender Irish romantic musical comedy by John Carney, has sold worldwide rights to sales company Summit Entertainment. O...

IKLIPZ Sundance Video Coverage

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Market News: Distribution Pickups Accelerate

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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...

Sundance Online Dailies Coverage

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Friday, January 19----For the next 10 days, focus will be placed on the Sundance Film Festival. Experience the films, personalities, parties and ambience of Sundance via our Online Dailies coverage on website: Sundance Film Festival Coverage. New stories will again be posted to AWARDS WATCH starting the week of January 29th. Sandy Mandelberger Awards Watch Editor ...

Sundance Online Dailies Coverage

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Friday, January 19----For the next 10 days, focus will be placed on the Sundance Film Festival. Experience the films, personalities, parties and ambience of Sundance via our Online Dailies coverage on website: Sundance Film Festival Coverage. New stories will be posted to FILM NEW YORK starting the week of January 29th. Sandy Mandelberger Film New York Editor ...

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...

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 ...

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: ...

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 fish...one 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 ...

Sundance Announces Competition Juries

Friday, January 19-----At its first Press Conference, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which opened last evening. The juries are made up of twenty-four individuals selected from the global film community, each of whom are bringing a broad range of experience and a unique perspective on film. The award winners will be announced on the evening of January 27 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park Cit...

Sundance Diary: A Rough Start.......

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Friday, January 19----I know I should have planned it differently. When I usually attend a film festival, I make sure to arrive a day early, in order to adjust to the maddening pace, and also encounter the inevitable lines, mix ups and technical snafus. Well, all of the above greeted me when I arrived this morning at the Marriot Park City Hotel, the Festival's main hq. In order of annoyance, my Press Badge was not there (even though I had diligently sent in my Accreditation request in in early...

Geoffrey Gilmore, Robert Redford and Brett Morgen At Sundance Press Conference

Friday, January 19----Photo Op: Sundance Film Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, Sundance Film Institute Founder Robert Redford and CHICAGO 10 Director Brett Morgen at yesterday's Opening Press Conference, held at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street in Park City. ...

Sundance Opens On A Historical Note

Friday, January 19----And so we're off.....the Sundance Film Festival opened last evening with the world premiere of CHICAGO 10, an intoxicating mix of straight-ahead documentary, visionary animation and truthful recreation of one of the more shameful periods of recent American history. The trial of the Chicago 10, leaders of the anti-war protestors who had gathered in Chicago for the 1968 Democratic Party Convention to express their outrage with the Vietnam War, was a milestone clash between...

The Problem and the Promise of Sundance

Thursday, January 18----I will freely admit it….I’ve got a little bit of a problem with Sundance. First, there is the location. As a New York City boy, I have always been more impressed with film festivals that happen in real cities, as opposed to the rarified environment of beach resorts (Cannes, Deauville), mountain retreats (Sundance, Telluride) or country wilds (The Hamptons). For me, there is no replacing the mixed vitality of a first class festival that is part of the fabric of a di...

The Gay Edge At Sundance

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Tuesday, January 16-----As one of the world’s most cutting-edge film festivals, Sundance has been a welcoming environment for gay and lesbian filmmakers and their unique perspectives. Whether immersed in gay subject matter, or adding a particular gay spin to a genre film (hard to describe, but you know it when you see it), there is a definite gay edge at Sundance, evidenced by films with GLBT interest (that’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender for you sexual innocents) and a slew of in...

The Comic Touch of Mike White

Monday, January 15----Mike White, whose off-kilter humor and perceptive writing made such films as CHUCK AND BUCK and THE GOOD GIRL major Sundance discoveries of the past few years, is back in Park City with an auspicious directorial debut, YEAR OF THE DOG. In this richly crafted tale of self-discovery, White invests his characters and their comedic confusion with a poignant and compassionate touch that has pundits dubbing the film as next season's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Not only has White c...
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