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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million; IFC Unveils Day & Date Progr

    Michel Gondry's latest, "The Science of Sleep," an at times romantic look inside the mind of one of the most distinctive directors working today, has been nabbed for $6 million by Warner Independent Pictures. The company acquired U.S., Canadian and U.K. rights to the movie, closing the deal at 4 a.m...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: World Docs Shed Light from Beyond the Grave: "KZ" and "Broadhurst" Hig

    Sundance prides itself on its devotion to the documentary form, and the organization likes to take credit, in some part, for the recent rise of nonfiction in the U.S. marketplace. This equal attention for true-life and fictional stories also applies to the world cinema program. Last year's international nonfiction competition showcased some of the best documentaries of 2005, including "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire," "Unknown White Male," "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia," and most notably, the world premiere of Werner Herzog's celebrated "Grizzly Man." While it seems there is little in the selection so far that is as m...

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    PARK CITY '06: Heidi Specogna: "With no fixed story in mind, being open and most important: having t

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: "Half Nelson" Takes Full Applause; Al Gore Charms at Discovery Party

    Under a cloudless sky in Park City, a huge crowd of industry and festival attendees turned up at the Racquet Club for the premiere of Ryan Fleck's dramatic competition feature "Half Nelson," with tremendous performances by Ryan Gosling and newcomer, Shareeka Epps. The film centers on an improbable f...

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    PARK CITY '06: Hilary Brougher: "I flirted with being a painter but realized I needed a medium invol

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    IFC Launches 'First Take', New Day & Date Banner

    This morning at Sundance, IFC Entertainment officially announced the launch of IFC's First Take, a new distribution banner debuting in March that will release at least 24 films theatrically and on demand -- day and date -- this year. The new service is being billed by the company as a new national a...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: IFC Gets "Factotum"; Crossword Doc in Play, and More

    As Sundance '06 continued Sunday, buyers honed in on other festival entries to acquire. IFC Films nabbed North American rights to Bent Hamer's "Factotum," starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. The film, based on the Bukowski novel, had been acquired by Picturehouse in Cannes, but accor...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: "Sunshine" Pact Among Top Tier of All-Time Sundance Fest Deals

    A major acquisition deal -- one of the largest in the history of the Sundance Film Festival -- was signed early Saturday morning with Cinetic Media selling worldwide rights to Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" to Fox Searchlight within hours of its rousing world premiere at the...

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    "The Ground Truth" about Iraq veterans

    Paul Rieckhoff, of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), reports on Patricia Foulkrod's documentary "The Ground Truth", which opened at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday evening. IAVA worked with Foulkrod for nearly two years to create this film, which reveals the struggles that troops...

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    Sundance Is Busy "Breaking Conventions"

    While many people are lamenting that the Sundance Film Festival seems to be going more and more mainstream, this year's festival is hosting a number of undeniably unconventional films that are anything but ordinary. Roger Ebert comments on "Somebodies" in particular, a story about a group of young African-American men trying to live life and "make sense of the senselessness that is American today" (as described by Sundance). The film has no political or social agenda, it's just about ordinary guys who are "very, very funny because they don't seem to know they're in a movie...they're performing to celebrate themselves." Ebert also comments on ...

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