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    Sundance Announces '06 Fest Jurors

    Sundance Film Festival organizers have named the jurors for the upcoming festival, which starts this week in Park City, UT. On the Independent Film Competition dramatic jury are filmmakers Miguel Arteta, Alan Rudolph, and Audrey Wells, actor Terrence Howard, and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber. On the Independent Film Competition doc Jury are filmmakers Joe Bini, Zana Briski, Andrew Briski, Alexander Payne, and Heather Rae. In the World Cinema competitions, the dramtic jurors are Locarno festival director Irene Bignardi, Chinese filmmaker Lu Chan, and Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, while on the doc jury are filmmakers Jean-Xavier de Lest...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Valley"

    ThinkFilm has acquired North American rights to David Jacobson's "Down in the Valley," starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Rory Culkin, and Bruce Dern. The film will be released this Spring. The film was produced by Norton's Class 5 Films, in partnership with Holly Wiersma and Element Films' Adam Rosenfelt. Set outside Los Angeles, it is described as "the story of a bored teenager, Tobe (Wood), whose aimless existence is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Harlan Carruthers (Norton), a charismatic cowboy who seems as if he would be much more at home in Monument Valley than in the San Fernando Valley." ThinkFilm E...

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    PARK CITY '06: Ryan Fleck: "...It came out of a frustration with wanting to change the world but not

    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 email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06: Christian Frei: "A documentary never starts with an idea. It starts with something 'r

    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 email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06: Joseph Mathew: "I learned how to just hang out and let the story come to me."

    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 email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    Reuters: Studio makes unprecedented Oscar push for "Crash"

    Independent film studio Lionsgate, buoyed by surging acclaim for its racial drama "Crash," said on Thursday it has sent more than 130,000 DVD copies to Hollywood insiders as part of an unprecedented Oscar campaign for the movie. The huge scope of the "Crash" DVD mailing, including copies to all memb...

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    PARK CITY 'O6: Andrucha Waddington: "Since the film takes place over 59 years...we made a tough deci

    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 email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    First Look Gets "Fish"

    Following a recent announcement that Ruth Vitale has joined the company as its new president, First Look Studios has acquired the Australian hit "Little Fish," starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Rowan Woods. The film will open in March. The film won four Australian Film Institute Awards and has broken box office records Down Under. The film is described as "a powerful drama about breaking free. Trying to escape her drug addicted past, Tracy Heart (Blanchett) is seduced into one last criminal venture by her brother and ex-boyfriend as she struggles towards a better life." It was written by Jacquelin Perske and produced by Vincent Sheehan ...

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    Braun & Kass Set Up "Button Man" at DreamWorks

    Fresh from the success of their deal setting up "A History of Violence" at New Line, indie producers and film repsJosh Braun and Roger Kass have set up the graphic novel "Button Man: The Killing Game" at DreamWorks. "Button Man" was written by "A History of Violence" author John Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Ranson and is described as the story of "a stylish modern day gladiator tale about an elite group of jaded millionaires who pit their personal assassins against each other in high stakes, life or death games." The two are producing Ti West's follow-up to "The Roost." [Eugene Hernandez]"A History of Violence","Button Man: The Killing Ga...

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    Hamilton Named VP at Par Classics

    Over at the company described in a press release Thursday as "Paramount's new Specialty Division" -- for now we still call it Paramount Classics -- the new company president John Lesher announced the appointment of Chad Hamilton as VP, Production, reporting to EVP of production and acquisitions, Amy...

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