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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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    SUNDANCEdaily | "The Killer Inside Me," "The Kids Are All Right," "Smash His Camera"

    As the 2010 Sundance Film Festival nears it's midpoint, a roundup of the buzz surrounding three films: Michael Winterbottom's graphic, controversy-courting neo-noir "The Killer Inside Me," Lisa Cholodenko's breakout hit "The Kids Are All Right," and the paparazzi doc "Smash His Camera."

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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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    REVIEW | When Social Media Attack: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost's "Catfish"

    Many movies over last ten years have engaged with the dangers of online communication, but Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost's "Catfish" delivers the definitive narrative of social networking gone awry to cap off the decade. By turns hilarious, unsettling and sad, the documentary eng...

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    "Kids" More Than All Right: Cholodenko Shines At Sundance

    Introducing the world premiere of Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids are All Right," Sundance's John Cooper joked that if anything bad were to happen during the screening, "there would go the independent film industry." His reference came from the fact that reps from essentially every distributor were in attendance, anticipating the last minute entry to the fest and one of its hottest acquisition titles. Cholodenko admitted she had raced to get it finished in time, but there was absolutely no evidence of hastiness on screen. The audience laughed, even cheered (at a soon-to-be-classic scene in which "Kids" co-stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo s...

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    Queers, Tears and Cheers: Prop 8 Doc Rallies Sundance Audience

    "I am not immature enough to think we have 100% believers in this audience in what we are doing, and what we've done," "8: The Mormon Proposition" director Reed Cowan said as he introduced the world premiere of his film at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday. "So for those of you in the audience w...

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    Kristen Stewart and "The Runaways" Hit Park City

    "Very surreal. But in a good way." That's how rock icon Joan Jett summed up seeing her story brought to the big screen at the premiere of Floria Sigismondi's "The Runaways" last night at the Sundance Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | "Smash His Camera": Capturing the Phantom of Twentieth-Century Show Business

    The legacy of the paparazzo has never been a pretty one, but Leon Gast's "Smash His Camera" boldly suggests its artistic merits. Granted, his subject -- quintessential New York photographer Ron Galella -- has been around a lot longer than today's combative TMZ cameramen, but he's got a few battle sc...

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    Lynette Howell: “Are we looking at every option, or are we taking the easy way out?"

    The following is the text of "Blue Valentine" producer Lynette Howell’s keynote speech (as prepared and delivered to indieWIRE today) from the Sundance Producer's Brunch on Sunday, January 24 at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Duplass Brothers Score at Sundance With Bizarrely Hilarious "Cyrus"

    "These writer-directors are practically family at Sundance," Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper said upon introducing Jay and Mark Duplass's "Cyrus" in Park City last night. "They've had shorts, they've had features. But this is their first time in the big house. And we're really excited ab...

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