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    PARK CITY '06: Brian Jun: "There's no such thing as 'that's not my job' in indie film."

    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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    Sundance Dramatic Competition Film "Stay" Picked Up by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films

    Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films today announced the joint acquisition of Bob Goldthwait's Sundance dramatic competition film, "Stay." The film is a heartwarming comedy about Amy, a young school teacher with a bright future and nice-guy fiance who is haunted by an impulsive sexual encounter from her past. Advised by her friends, family and fiance that a successful marriage requires complete honesty, Amy reveals her secret and all hell breaks loose. The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, Peter Goldwyn, vice president, acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films, and William Morris Independent on b...

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    Struggling with Sickness: Four Sundance Docs Examine a Wide Array of Personal Battles with Illness

    Illness is never a pleasant topic, and getting people to watch documentaries about people who are sick, either physically or mentally, can often be a tough sell. This year's Documentary Competition section at Sundance offers four vastly different films that explore similar human themes: "So Much So ...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY:Newbies "Madeinusa," "Maximo," "Days" and "India" Surprise; Veterans Di

    Sundance is and always will be about American films. Case in point: the paltry attendance at the festival's press-and-industry international screenings. With so many films to see, journalists and industryites prioritize, just about always picking the low-budget thriller, Bruce Willis "indie" or star...

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    PARK CITY '06: Linda Hawkins Costigan & Linda Goldstein Knowlton: "...A documentary can be both beau

    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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    Sundance Institute Names Winners of Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award

    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The winning directors from each region will receive a $10,000 director's award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing support and assistance in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects. The winning filmmakers and projects are: Patrice Toye, "The Spring Ri...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: Politically Charged "Fragments," Blackout"; Breakout Acting in "Half N

    Political filmmaking is an evergreen in Sundance's documentary competition, but two standout works complement each other powerfully in their emphasis on the local effects of national and international policies. Overseas, James Longley's mesmerizing "Iraq in Fragments" shakes off the oversaturated vi...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Appoints Three New Programmers

    Three new Canadian programmers have been appointed by the Toronto International Film Festival. Marguerite Pigott, a film and television consultant and former VP of development and production at Odeon Films, and Jesse Wente, a film critic on CBC Radio and producer of "The Arts Tonight," join the Canadian features programming team, while Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo joins the Short Cuts Canada programming committee. "We're thrilled to have such a powerhouse team on board," said festival co-director Noah Cowan in a statement. "Marguerite, Jesse, and Agata all bring expertise, knowledge, and passion for Canadian cinema that will be invaluable in sel...

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    "Improbable" Al Gore Surprises Sundance

    Former Vice President Al Gore received a standing ovation at the premeire of "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he put together with director Davis Guggenheim about the impending dangers of global warming in the very, very near future. The film is based on slide shows, charts, short cartoons, and flow charts that Gore has been presenting all over the country since he lost the 2000 election, all of which demonstrate potential catastrophic weather patterns beginning in as little as ten years, due to pollutants in the atmosphere that have been accumulating since the industrial age. Gore's presentations are very dear to him, and it took som...

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    The Lost Boys at Sundance

    Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us" is a "fish-out-of-water survival story" about three of the Lost Boys of Sudan. In 2001, 3,600 Lost Boys were being sent to the United States to escape the civil wars in their home country, and TV Journalist Quinn decided to follow John, Daniel, and Panther "on their unbelievable odyssey in a strange New World" (as described by Sundance). The young men, now acclimated to their lives in New York and Pennsylvania, came to Sundance in support of the film, which premiered in the Independent Film Competition: Documentary category on Sunday. Both National Geographic and Participant Prods. are looking for a ...

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