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    "Dark Matter" Wins Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival has announced that "Dark Matter" is this year's recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize. The film was directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and written by Billy Shebar. The prize carries a $20,000 award to a feature film focusing on science as a theme, or that has a scientist or mathematician as a major character. The prize is part of Sundance Institute's Science-in-Film initiative, and is made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Dark Matter" was inspired by a true story and portrays the world of a young and passionate Chinese student who comes to America to study the origins of the universe, only to ...

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    Park City '07 SHORTS NOTEBOOK | Create Your Own Shorts Playlist: Over Forty Sundance Films are Just

    Time Magazine's recent selection of "You" as the "Person of the Year" was spot-on. This year, the short film programmers at the Sundance Film Festival officially ceded control to you, the viewer. Before the festival began, the programming professionals spent months carefully considering what short should play before which feature, and how best to bundle the shorts-only programs. But now with more than half of the 71 official selections streaming for free on the festival's website, it's your turn to choose what you want to see and when you want to see it. For those who might feel overwhelmed by the extensive a la carte menu available online, h...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Killing Fields: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's "Nanking"

    Images of grisly murders and mass graves, war-orphaned children, and refugees in rags, should, it seems, be difficult for people of conscience to turn away from. Yet, the truth is people of conscience do it every day. From Rwanda to Sudan to Iraq, it's been made painfully clear that there's no ceili...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Video Nerds Rule!: Lincoln Ruchti's "Chasing Ghosts"

    A strong subject, the birth and stratospheric rise of the video gaming industry, and fascinating, quirky characters - in this case the young male gamers who became video arcade superstars - are the rock solid foundation for director Lincoln Ruchti's likable documentary "Chasing Ghosts." The fact that "Chasing Ghost's" beeps, buzzes and computer graphics have homespun origins adds to the film's appeal. Granted, Ruchti and his crew, cinematographer Lisa Wiegand and editor Eddie Brega (Ruchti also assisted in editing) tell their gaming tale in surprisingly straightforward fashion. One expects this sort of documentary to be a little more eye-popp...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Being JJ Lask: "On the Road with Judas" Takes Narcissistic Meta Trip

    Is a self-indulgent, self-referential movie any less annoying if it unabashedly acknowledges its self-indulgence and self-referentiality? That's one of the central questions posited by "On the Road with Judas," a slick, boy-meets-girl meta-movie that takes its inspirations from Charlie Kaufman and W...

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    At Sundance, "Hounddog" Director Wins VW from Fest Sponsor, a Bad Review from NY Times

    The festival's official awards ceremony is still hours away as we post this link, but as The Reeler notes, "Hounddog" director Deborah Kampmeier has already received the VW Relentless Drive Award from Sundance's official vehicle sponsor. The prize includes a new car and is touted in a full page ad on the back of the festival's official daily newspaper. Meanwhile, the film has stirred audiences all week, and been subjected to a number of negative reviews. Among the harshest comes in the latest festival dispatch from Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: As sincere as it is stupid, "Hounddog" is pure art-house exploitation, as evidenced by the ...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Slamdance Awards Prizes, "Bible" and Gays, Darfur Doc, Hammer, and Mo

    Dylan Verrechia's "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" won the grand jury award for best narrative feature and Adam Hootnick's "Unsettled" won the grand jury award for best documentary feature at Slamdance 2007 as the festival awarded its prizes on Friday night in Park City. Audiences at the 13th annual event, ...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "How She Move" Outdances Hollywood, "Son of Rambow" Offers Ple

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

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Adam Bhala Lough: "I had a dream one night. I woke up and wrote it down. T

    [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 INTERVIEW | Steven Okazaki: "It is an extraordinary story in which all of the characte

    [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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