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    Christine Vachon Book Signing at Sundance Film Festival

    Christine Vachon, partner and producer for Killer Films, which produced the award winning films "Far From Heaven" and "Boys Don't Cry," will be having a book signing for her book, "A Killer Life: How an Independent Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond" which was published b...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Bad, Bad Boy: George Ratliff's "Joshua"

    At many film festivals, Cannes comes to mind; audiences would openly jeer a disastrous movie like director George Ratliff's unintentionally silly, bad seed horror drama "Joshua." At Sundance, where the film made its premiere over the weekend, the audience I sat with was polite and only laughed at al...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: From Serious to Silly, A Range of Emotions Evoked During Sund

    As the opening weekend of Sundance 2007 came to a close, buyers were circling a number of new festival films. As usual, the first few of days saw a number of acquisitions. As announced on Sunday in indieWIRE, The Weinstein Company quickly jumped on James C. Strouse's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Grace is Gone," nabbing worldwide rights for $4 million and making it the fest's first on-site deal announcement. Meanwhile, Magnolia Pictures has just confirmed its mid-six figure pact for Dan Klores's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Crazy Love." In other deals, Fox Searchlight is preparing to announce its acquisition of George Ratlf...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Petr Lom: "Leaving the safety net of my life in the university for a freel

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Forecasting the End: Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand's "Everything's Cool"

    It snowed in Malibu on the day leading up to the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, unexpected publicity for directors Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand's timely but surprisingly misguided global warming documentary "Everything's Cool." Playing bookend to the similarly themed "An Inconvenient Truth," abo...

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    Maverick Films to Co-produce Winning Scripts from Slamdance Horror Screenwriting Competition

    Maverick Films will jointly finance and co-produce a feature film based on the annual winning script from the newly-created Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition, with Slamdance and Angel Baby Films. Maverick Films has recently launched Maverick Red, a new division based solely on the horror genre. The premiere of each film will take place at the following year's Slamdance Film Festival. Previous winners from Slamdance Screenplay Competitions include Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace" and "The Woodsman", written by Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fetcher. Though the creation of the Horror Screenplay Competition is new, it will build off the ...

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    iW VIDEO: Slamdancer's Talk About What Makes Their Festival Special; iW Reviews "Weapons," iPOP Capt

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish, President and Co-founder Peter Baxter, and other Slamdancers talks about what makes their festival special, indieWIRE writer Anthony Kaufman reviews "Weapons," iPOP hits Friday night's parties, and more.

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    Weinstein Company Takes Worldwide Rights to Sundance '07 Feature "Grace is Gone"

    Worldwide rights to James C. Strouse's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Grace is Gone" have been acquired by The Weinstein Company, the company's co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced Sunday afternoon. The worldwide deal has been pegged at $4 million. Weinstein, Michael Cole, co-head of production, and Michelle Krumm, EVP of acquisitions and co-productions, negotiated the deal on behalf of The Weinstein Company, while Cinetic Media and William Morris Agency represented the filmmakers in negotiations. Starring John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Shelan O'Keefe and Gracie Bednarczyk, the film is described as a "heart-wrenching drama about a ...

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    Donation Drive created by "Low and Behold" filmmakers to help Gulf Coast Recovery

    Don't know what to do with that extra swag? The filmmakers behind "Low And Behold", in conjunction with Sidetrack Films, The Blackhouse Foundation and the Louisiana Film Commission, have announced a donation drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans. "Low and Behold", a movie about post-Katrina victims trying to mend their lives, was filmed on location in New Orleans and was made by Zack Godshall(co-writer/director) and Barlow Jacobs(co-writer/producer/lead actor) and a supplemental cast and crew of other LA natives, many of them real victims of the hurricane. Jared Moshe, of Sidetrack Films said in prepared statement,...

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    CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Swag, the Ugly Truth

    When stars and filmmakers worry more about goodies than promoting their films, that's a problem for Jeremy Walker, who runs the New York-based publicity firm Jeremy Walker + Associates. So he pulled a "Jerry Maguire" and wrote up his "Swagifesto," which he sent out a few days ago to the stars and fi...

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