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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | American Wine: Randall Miller's "Bottle Shock"

    Does every film festival get the wine movie it deserves? Four years ago, Cannes popped the cork on Jonathan Nossiter's "Mondovino," a rich and full-bodied documentary wherein the subject of winemaking was mainly a means to explore the buzz-kill of globalization and to toast anti-Americanism (at leas...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Catching Up: 100+ Dispatches, Buzz, Photos, Notebooks, Reviews, and Interviews From

    The 2008 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its coverage this week. Our dispatches, reviews, interviews, news, photos and buzz from Park City '07 included more than 100 articles and buzz items about Sundance and Slamdance 2008, iPOP p...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Love Rollercoaster: Dennis Dortch's "A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy"

    Six vignettes make up "A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy" and as is always the case with omnibus storytelling, some of writer/director Dennis Dortch's LA-based stories of men, women and their sexual battles are better than others. What's undeniably consistent about "Black & Sexy," premiering in the Dram...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Dancing Fool: Stanley Tucci's "Blind Date"

    Ordinary conversations between actor/director Stanley Tucci and his past collaborator actress Patricia Clarkson would be joys to behold compared to Tucci's creative stumble, a backwards remake of late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh's 1996 couples drama "Blind Date." Tucci and Clarkson have displayed liveli...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | "Frozen River" and "Trouble The Water" Win Top Prizes at Sundance '08, "Man

    Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" won the dramatic grand jury prize and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble The Water" won the documentary grand jury prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival tonight. The dramatic audience award went to Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," while the documentary audience award went to Josh Tickell's "Fields of Fuel." In the world cinema documentary competition, James Marsh's "Man on Wire" won both the grand jury prize and the audience award, while the world cinema dramatic jury prize went to Jens Jonsson's "King of Ping Pong" ("Ping Pongkingen") and the dramatic audience award went to Amin Matalqa's "Captain Abu Raed...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Overlooked Frontier and Midnight Sections Offers Standout "Half Life" and W

    While the Sundance 2008 comes to close and the air clears around the buzz for the big sales out of the premiere and competition sections, the often wrongly overlooked New Frontiers and Midnight programs float to the surface as some of the year's most interesting offerings.

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Kicking and Screaming: Azazel Jacobs' "Momma's Man"

    The year's prevailing Sundance theme--young males kicking and screaming their way into acceptance of adult duties and/or downward mobility--finds one of its fullest expressions in "Momma's Man," director Azazel Jacobs's exceptionally tender, funny, and poignant New York indie. Like "Sugar," and "Ballast," the festival's other great narrative films, Jacobs's low-fi third feature forges unique stylistic territory for the American independent film while specifically recalling such disparate classics as Alexander Sokurov's "Mother and Son" and Albert Brooks's woefully underrated "Mother." Jacobs's work is a rare cinematic expression of heartfelt ...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Slamdance Docs "Dear Zachary" and "My Mother's Garden" Offer Personal Stori

    There's a certain intensity to low budget productions that often heightens their impact. At the Slamdance Film Festival, where singular vision overwhelms the importance of name talent and studio appeal, a number of sturdy entries achieve their cogent artistic intentions with focused minimalism. This...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Cat's Out of the Bag: David and Nathan Zellner's "Goliath"

    "Goliath," co-directed by brothers David and Nathan Zellner, is an experimental film in appearance, tempo and most importantly spirit. Its tale, about a sad sack of a man (David Zellner) searching for his beloved lost cat Goliath, is something chancy filmmaker Harmony Korine would love. Yet, midway ...

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    iW NEWS | "The New Year Parade," "Song Sung Blue" Lead Slamdance's Awards

    The 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced 15 film and screenplay prize winners in three categories who will share more than $200,000 in cash and prizes, plus, for one winner, guaranteed production of a feature film. The just-concluded festival received over 3,500 submissions from 25 countries for less than 100 programming slots. Notable winners include Tom Quinn's "The New Year Parade," which was awarded the Grand Jury Award for best narrative feature, and Greg Kohs' "Song Sung Blue," which won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary feature. Audience awards were given to Ryan Piotrowicz's "The Project" in the narrative feature...

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