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    Sarah Polley, Mos Def, Darren Aronofsky To Serve as Jury Members for 2007 Sundance Film Festival

    Today the 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes for the competition sections of the festival. For U.S. Dramatic Competiton jury members are Mos Def, Catherine Hardwicke, Dawn Hudson, Pamela Martin, and Sarah Polley; For U.S. Documentary Competition: Alan Berliner, Lewis Erskine, Lauren Greenfield, Julia Reichert, and Carlos Sandoval; For World Documentary: Raoul Peck, Juan Carlos Rulfo, and Elizabeth Weatherford; For American and International Shorts: Jared Hess, Daniela Michel, and Mark Rosenberg; and for the Alfred P. Sloan Prize: Darren Aronofsky, Ann Druyan, Dr. Brian Greene, Howard Suber, and...

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    Berlin Fest to Fete Fassbinder with Gala Screening of Restored Classic

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Germany's most successful post-war director, Ranier Werner Fassbinder, the Berlinale, taking place February 8-18, will host a restored for cinema gala of "Berlin Alexanderplatz," which the festival describes as "one of the finest of his artistic accomplis...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Ian Iqbal Rashid: "My main influences were the dance films I grew up with:

    [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 | David Sington: "At the end of 90 minutes the audience does feel it really

    [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 | Jason Kohn: "I really thought of 'Manda Bala' as a non-fiction 'RoboCop'

    [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 | James C. Strouse: "I don't believe in moving the camera or doing a close-u

    [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 | Xiaolu Guo: "It is very much a writer's film which I think [stems] from my

    [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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    Sundance Fest on iTunes

    Sundance Institute and Sundance Channel have announced a deal to distribute short films from the upcoming Sundance Film Festival via iTunes. Launching on January 22, 2007, the shorts will be priced at 1.99 (US) each with a portion of the receipts going to the filmmakers. Free podcasts from the fest will also be available for free via iTunes during the event. Additionally, beginning January 18 (and continuing through April 18) the festival website will again offer free downloads of select short films. In a statement, Institute head Robert Redford said, "I have felt, from the earliest days, that if people really care about independent film, the...

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    Berlinale Adds Competition Titles for '07 Fest

    Eight films have been added to the roster of titles screening in the Competition section for the upcoming Berlinale (February 8 - 18, 2007), the Berlin International Film Festival. On the list are Stefan Ruzowitzky's German-Austrian co-production "Die Faelscher" (The Counterfeiter), Jacques Rivette's "Ne touchez pas la hache" (Don't Touch the Axe) and Andre Techine's "Les Temoins" (The Witnesses) from France, Gregory Nava's "Bordertown" from the U.S. (starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata, and Martin Sheen), Saverio Costanzo's "Memoria di me (In Memory of Myself) from Italy and, from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Irene Taylor Brodsky: "When my parents told me they were going to get coch

    [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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