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    indieWIRE@Sundance: Rounding Up the Fest

    The 2010 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals have come to a close here in Park City, Utah, and indieWIRE has rounded up all our coverage over the course of the fest (and will continue to add articles until the fest ends). Features, reviews, news and interviews are all listed below for your conven...

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    SUNDANCEdaily | Controversial Doc "Catfish" Divides Sundance

    This week's biggest noise came not from a film in competition. The festival's Spotlight section premiered the new documentary "Catfish." Over the week since its premiere, though, many critics and audience members doubted the film's truth claims. Few can deny that the film was entertaining, engagi...

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    SUNDANCEdaily | Our Critics’ Favorite US Competition Docs

    As the Sundance Film Festival is wrapping up, it's time to reflect on the highlights of this year's fest. Manohla Dargis's report from the fest was in today's New York Times. In it, she notes the face of the festival in the persisting recession and new leadership under director John Cooper. Here at indieWIRE, after collecting a number of reviews from our team of highly esteemed and respected critics here in Park City, many docs are rising up as critics' favs in the fest’s U.S. Documentary Competition. We've already covered our #3 ("Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work") and #4 ("Restrepo") highest rated docs in SUNDANCEdaily. Early responses fr...

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    DISPATCH FROM SLAMDANCE | Against Contrived Road Movies and Meet-Cute Romanticism

    The opening scene of "The Scenesters," a narrative feature playing at the Slamdance Film Festival, plays as a mock trailer for the embodiment of American indie cliches. Comprised of pull quotes from fake sites like "mumblecore.com" and glimpses of a meandering plot in which nothing happens, this mil...

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    SUNDANCEdaily | Our Critics' Favorite US Competition Dramas

    After collecting a number of reviews from our team of highly esteemed and respected critics here in Park City, there are three clear favorites in the fest's U.S. Dramatic Competition. Today's SUNDANCEdaily culls the Internet to find out what the critics are saying about these three films: Debra Gr...

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    10 Things You Want To Know About Joan Rivers

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" has been very well received here at Sundance. The film presents a sharp, funny and often quite touching portrait of Rivers, who at age 75, still struggles with both her insecurities and her ability to find steady work. Though as enthusiastic as the audience was for the film at a screening yesterday, Rivers upstaged herself at the Q&A afterwards. Following a standing ovation, she spent nearly 20 minutes responding to a slew of compliments and questions, putting the audience in hysterics a good two dozen times. The entire Q&A is available here, but indieWIRE has also...

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    From the Sundance Vaults: "Poison" & "Metropolitan," 20 Years Later

    “This won’t offend a mother will it?” asked the woman in front of me while we waited in line at the Prospector Square Theater last Friday for a screening of Todd Haynes’ “Poison.”

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    "Off and Running" Director Nicole Opper

    Nicole Opper's documentary "Off and Running" tells the story of Avery, an Arican-American girl raised by white Jewish lesbian parents in Brooklyn, who sets out to discover her birth mother and roots. The film opens January 29 at IFC Center in New York City. indieWIRE contacted Opper via email to dis...

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    The Doctors Are In: Sundance Ponders New Distribution Solutions

    "Sundance 2010 is a turning point in independent distribution," declared consultant Peter Broderick on Monday at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, during an unconventional panel pegged to a moment of emerging distribution opportunities and experimentation for independent films and filmmakers.

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