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    From Sundance to Stardom at NBR Awards

    At one hundred and one years old, the National Board of Review is the oldest of the annual organizations that honor their favorite films, filmmakers and performances each year. Known for their sometimes quirky taste, and apparent fondness for Clint Eastwood, the group is nevertheless a champion of m...

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    Sundance Roundtable, Parts 1 & 2: Movies and Movie Screens, Large and Small

    "Success earlier in the decade is what hurt smaller independent films later in the decade," veteran producer and executive Maud Nadler told a group of colleagues last year, during a roundtable at the Sundance Film Festival. "Corporations began to expect greater returns on modest movies made by first...

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    "I Don't Want To Feel Safe": Andrea Arnold On Her "Fish Tank"

    "I don't think about themes," "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold told indieWIRE. "I don't think, 'Oh, well, I'm going to make a film about this.' I just start writing, and I try to write as truthfully as a I can, and I let it lead me where it leads m...

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    cinemadaily | "House" Party

    After touring the country for a series of special one-off screenings, Nobuhiko Obayashi's eye-popping, totally bonkers 1977 cult classic "House" ("Hausu"), is at long last getting a U.S. theatrical run starting this Friday at New York's IFC Center, courtesy of Janus Films. The film is then scheduled...

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    Sundance ‘10 | Sultan Sharrief's "Stand" - A 4 Year Project

    Director Sultan Sharrief arrives at Sundance with "Bilal's Stand." The film is the story of "Bilal, an upright black Muslim teen who works at his family’s taxi stand in Detroit. 'The Stand,' as they affectionately call it, has been the family’s social and financial hub for the past 60 years, and Bilal is in line to carry the torch. But Bilal, who burns the midnight oil to keep up both the family business and his grades, develops a secret life designed to enable him to attend a top university. When his two lives collide, Bilal is forced to decide between keeping The Stand alive—and living the only life he has ever known—or taking a shot at soc...

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    Sundance ‘10 | Kevin Asch Talks "Holy Rollers"

    Kevin Asch makes his feature debut with "Holy Rollers," set to compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. "Inspired by actual events, 'Holy Rollers' uses the incredible story of Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy in the late ’90s as a backdrop to examine the difference ...

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    Sundance '10 | Grady & Ewing's Pro-Life/Choice Corner "12th & Delaware"

    Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, following up on their Oscar-nominated 2006 doc "Jesus Camp" and the hugely popular lost boys doc "The Boys of Baraka," with an investigation of American religious life. This time, they shift from the evangelical youth camp to a corner of a small town in Florida, one in...

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    Sundance '10 | Eric Mendelsohn Shoots in Color for "3 Backyards"

    Eric Mendelsohn, whose first two films, "Through an Open Window" and "Judy Berlin" (Sundance '99 alum), screened in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section, visits Sundance for the second time with his latest, "3 Backyards." Not only will the Sundance premiere be the public's first look at "3 Backyard...

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    Sundance '10 | "The Dry Land" Director Ryan Williams Focuses on Authenticity

    "The Dry Land" is the feature debut of 28 year-old Ryan Piers Williams, screening in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film focuses on a young veteran's return to Texas from Iraq who faces challenges to feeling at home...

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    cinemadaily | To Russia, with Love

    The New York Post's Lou Lumenick and film blogger Farran Smith Nehme (known to readers the Self Styled Siren) have curated Shadows of Russia, a monthlong series for Turner Classic Movies, currently airing every Wednesday. "This look at how Hollywood depicted Russia and its effect on the U.S. — in ev...

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