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    Race Drama "Toe to Toe" Ushers in the New Obama Cinema (Sundance '09)

    To call filmmaker Emily Abt's compelling coming-of-age tale "Toe to Toe" the debut film of the New Obama Cinema, qualifies her debut feature drama as an American movie that treats race and class with insight and enthusiasm equal to the excitement over President elect Barack Obama and his impact on r...

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    Beyond Gay: Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" (Sundance '09)

    Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" is a comedic "Revolutionary Road" for twenty-first century audiences. Shelton's third feature evokes many of the underlying themes present in Richard Yates' novel of suburban discontent. You wouldn't guess that from the premise: Set in Seattle's hip urban youth scene, the movie focuses on two straight buddies intent on fulfilling the unlikely goal of filming themselves having sex -- with each other -- for the town's local porn festival. To these hilariously mixed up journeymen, violating their sexual dispositions offers an absurd, idyllic escape from their mundane existence. Thanks to crisp, believable performances fr...

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    John Krasinski, "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men": Adapting a Literary Masterwork for the Screen

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling dramatic and documentary competition and American Spectrum directors who have films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Kevin Willmott, "The Only Good Indian": Westerns, Representation and Revisionism

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling dramatic and documentary competition and American Spectrum directors who have films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Ross Katz, "Taking Chance": Iraq, War and Shame

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling dramatic and documentary competition and American Spectrum directors who have films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    E1 Films Gets "Cold" For Canada

    The Canadian distribution rights to Sophie Barthes' "Cold Souls" have been acquired by E1 Films Canada. Starring Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson and David Strathairn, "Souls" will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it is screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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    Broken Lizard Returns to Park City with "The Slammin' Salmon"

    Park City has special resonance for the five members of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard. In 1996, their first feature, "Puddle Cruiser," made waves at the Sundance Film Festival even though it failed to secure immediate distribution. Nevertheless, the movie successfully introduced Broken Lizard to t...

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    Sundance Live II: "Humpday" Premiere, "New" Storytelling, and "Copy" and "Max" Snapshot Reviews

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the festival indieWIRE is offering continuous updates from film screenings, events, and more. Check back here throughout the day to get the most recent news.]

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    Producer Rupert Isaacson, "Over the Hills and Far Away": Shamans, Mysticism, and a Family's Journey

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling dramatic and documentary competition and American Spectrum directors who have films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    David Russo, "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle": Shakespeare, Mixed Media, and "Tommy"

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