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    PARK CITY '08 | Buzzing About The Buzz and Managing The Chattering Class as Sundance Approaches

    The Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday, is where the new year's buzz starts for independent and specialty movies hoping to become arthouse hits. Last year's Sundance worked for "Waitress," "Once," "No End in Sight," "The Savages" among others, but how does the buzz get started at Sundance? Or, more to the point, how do some films get on festgoers' short list of must-see titles even before the event begins? Such advance buzz can be a leg up for those films since, according to Sundance's press office, 121 feature-length entries are being shown this year. With 87 being world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 12 U.S. premieres,...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Trouble the Water" Co-directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

    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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    iW NEWS | "Harold and Kumar," "Seattle," "Crawford," "Mister Lonely" Among SXSW Titles Added

    Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg's New Line Cinema release, "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," the sequel to "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," will join the line up at the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival. Suspected of terrorism after they try to sneak on board a plane to Amsterdam, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. Joining the line up as well are: Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle," David Modigliani's "Crawford," Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely," Steve Conrad's "The Promotion," and "The Toe Tactic" by Emily Hubley. Helen Hunt will join a pane...

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    iW NEWS | Scorsese's "Shine A Light" to Open the 58th Berlinale

    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film "Shine A Light" will open the 58th Berlin International Film Festival February 7, the event announced today. The film captures two concerts at New York's Beacon Theatre on October 29 and November 1 in 2006. Sixteen cameras and more than a half milion feet of concert footage were shot. The concerts also featured performances from Jack White of the White Stripes as well as appearances by Christina Aguilera and Buddy Guy in addition to behind the scenes coverage. "We are extremely excited to have the world premiere of this magnificent film as our opening gala," commented festival director Dieter Koss...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "A Raisin in the Sun" Director Kenny Leon

    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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    iW NEWS | Sundance Bound Union Square Becomes Berk|Lane

    En route to Park City with Steve Schachter's "The Deal," which will have its world premiere on January 22nd, Union Square Entertainment principals Jason Berk and Matt Lane are re-branding their company as Berk|Lane Entertainment. They said Tuesday that they will jumpstart independent film developmen...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "The Last Word" Director Geoff Haley

    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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    iW NEWS | New Site Seeks to Connect Filmmakers With Fans, Funding

    Described as a new "online social marketplace connecting filmmakers and fans," Indiegogo.com is launching today, offering a new web-based venue that will "address the fundraising challenges and market inefficiencies affecting independent filmmaking today." The new site intends to enable filmmakers to connect with the potential audiences for their films and raise money to move their projects forward. Among the first films joining the site is 2008 Sundance Film Festival entry "Flow: For The Love of Water" by Irena Salina. The filmmakers are looking to raise $10,000 for post production and music clearances, offering a range of benefits to contri...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Ballast" Director Lance Hammer

    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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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Secrecy" Co-Director Peter Galison

    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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