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    TF1 International Takes non-English Territory Rights to Sundance doc "God Grew Tired of Us"

    TF1 International announced today the acquisition of international rights excluding English-speaking territories to Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us," which has its world premiere on Sunday, January 22 at the Sundance Film Festival where it is part of the documentary competition. The film is produced by Quinn and Molly Bradford and narrated by Nicole Kidman. "God Grew Tired of Us" follows three "lost boys of Sudan" over four years as they leave Africa for New York City and attempt to make sense of their new country. After the initial culture shock, they begin to lead "normal" lives yet they remain deeply committed, both spiritually ...

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    PARK CITY '06: Hilary Brougher: "I flirted with being a painter but realized I needed a medium invol

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    IFC Launches 'First Take', New Day & Date Banner

    This morning at Sundance, IFC Entertainment officially announced the launch of IFC's First Take, a new distribution banner debuting in March that will release at least 24 films theatrically and on demand -- day and date -- this year. The new service is being billed by the company as a new national a...

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    Sony Classics Gets "Italian"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Andrei Kravchuk's "The Italian, the Russian entry for Academy Awards consideration in the best foreign language film category. The film is described as "a lyrical drama about a young child's complicated journey to finding his mother, his h...

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    "Brokeback" Wins Producer's Guild Prize

    On the weekend that the film expanded to nearly 1,200 screens, Brokeback Mountain won the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, for producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana. The film earned an estimated $7.8 million this weekend, according to Focus Features...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: IFC Gets "Factotum"; Crossword Doc in Play, and More

    As Sundance '06 continued Sunday, buyers honed in on other festival entries to acquire. IFC Films nabbed North American rights to Bent Hamer's "Factotum," starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. The film, based on the Bukowski novel, had been acquired by Picturehouse in Cannes, but accor...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: The San Francisco Film Society and indieWIRE announce launch of SF360.org

    [EDITORS NOTE: The following is an announcement from indieWIRE.]

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: "Sunshine" Pact Among Top Tier of All-Time Sundance Fest Deals

    A major acquisition deal -- one of the largest in the history of the Sundance Film Festival -- was signed early Saturday morning with Cinetic Media selling worldwide rights to Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" to Fox Searchlight within hours of its rousing world premiere at the...

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    "The Ground Truth" about Iraq veterans

    Paul Rieckhoff, of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), reports on Patricia Foulkrod's documentary "The Ground Truth", which opened at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday evening. IAVA worked with Foulkrod for nearly two years to create this film, which reveals the struggles that troops...

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    Sundance Is Busy "Breaking Conventions"

    While many people are lamenting that the Sundance Film Festival seems to be going more and more mainstream, this year's festival is hosting a number of undeniably unconventional films that are anything but ordinary. Roger Ebert comments on "Somebodies" in particular, a story about a group of young African-American men trying to live life and "make sense of the senselessness that is American today" (as described by Sundance). The film has no political or social agenda, it's just about ordinary guys who are "very, very funny because they don't seem to know they're in a movie...they're performing to celebrate themselves." Ebert also comments on ...

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