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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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    Documentaries to Remain at the Heart of Sundance

    After the Sundance Film Festival ends, even the best documentaries find it hard to land lucrative commercial distribution deals. Regardless of success in the market, Sundance has renewed its commitment to keep the nonfiction genre at the forefront of the festival by showing the documentary "Chicago ...

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    PARK CITY '07 SHORTS NOTEBOOK | With a Strong Emphasis on Storytelling, Columbia University Filmmake

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is part one of two features that indieWIRE is publishing about the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's shorts program.]

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | What Women Want: Zoe Cassavetes' "Broken English"

    The downside for Zoe Cassavetes regarding her famous family, actress Gena Rowlands and her late father, actor/filmmaker John Cassavetes, is that there will always be comparisons. The upside, at least regarding her New York-to-Paris romantic comedy, "Broken English" is that it's something of a homeco...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The Return of the Oppressed: The Haunting "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"

    "Apocalypse Now" meets "The Shining": That's how one of the U.S. military police stationed at Abu Ghraib describes the infamous prison in Rory Kennedy's must-see new documentary, "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib." Like those dramatic films, Kennedy's investigation into the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib ...

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