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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Name Actors Not Needed: "Baghead," "Ballast," "Momma's Man" Shine in Park C

    Back in 2005 at the Sundance Film Festival, The Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair" debuted rather quietly here in Park City. At the time, the low-budget indie reminded many of the sort of sleeper that specialty companies would have quickly plucked from the festival a few years earlier, yet it took ...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Under Construction: The Nonfiction New Wave Takes Root at Sundance

    At the end of a recent blog posting, Premiere film critic Glenn Kenny wondered aloud about some of the documentaries he'd seen at the Sundance Film Festival. Summing up his thoughts on Nanette Burstein's hit "American Teen" Kenny wrote "Burstein's trim, fast-moving film utilizes tricks and technique...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Queer Cinema Then and Now at Sundance '08

    A rather staggering forty-four films with either GLBT themes or a GLBT director are screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival, including new works from directors Tom Kalin ("Savage Grace"), Isaac Julien's "Derek"), Bruce LaBruce ("Otto; Or Up With Dead People"), producer Christine Vachon, as w...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Immigration and Water Make a Sundance Splash

    Filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck returned this week to the very same podium at the Sundance Film Festival's Racquet Club Theater where two years ago they first introduced their acclaimed "Half Nelson." Boden and Fleck's latest film, "Sugar," which had its world premiere Monday at the venue, is t...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Buying Heats Up At Sundance; 3 Films Quickly Nabbed As Insiders Ponder The

    Way back in October, sellers began speculating that with the looming Writer's Guild strike, this year's Sundance Film Festival would see booming business. For months, buyers, sellers, and journalists set the stage: narrative films would catch fire as the strike continued and docs would face tough ti...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Docs Shine at Sundance; "Teen," "Polanski," and "Myths" Among Hyped Titles

    The buying frenzy that has engulfed a number of nonfiction films at Sundance 2008 is all the more remarkable for the fact that 'A,' everyone was predicting a hands-off approach to docs after a lackluster 2007 for theatrical documentary and 'B,' not a single narrative film -- as of this writing early...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Docs Continue to Stir Sundance: "Teen," "Water," "I.O.U.S.A."

    There's no question that documentaries have dominated the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival; critically and business-wise, docs seem to be stirring the most talk. "No fiction films have sold yet?" one leading independent film producer emailed indieWIRE this morning, "That is crazy." While ...

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    iW PROFILE | "Be Kind, Rewind" Director Michel Gondry

    Rundown French cinemas inspired Michel Gondry's latest, "Be Kind Rewind," which had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opens this Friday (February 22, 2008) in U.S. theaters. "I noticed in my district in Paris there were so many abandoned movie theaters," Gondry noted last mo...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Opening Weekend: Docs in Focus - "Polanski," "Secrecy," "The Recruiter"

    Any concern about the potential for documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival seems to be dissipating in the early days of the event. Doc deals have dominated industry talk (so far), with a number of other pacts announced and also pending. Zeitgeist nabbed Yung Chang's "Up The Yanghtze" and H...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Eat, For This Is My Body" Director Michelange Quay

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling first-time feature directors who have films screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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