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    PARK CITY '07 NEW FRONTIER NOTEBOOK | Fest Within a Fest: Experimental Sidebar Re-Imagined at Sundan

    The most ambitious and hyped makeover at Sundance this year was lavished on the section that needed it most. The experimental Frontier sidebar, until now little more than an afterthought category where films are usually sent to be ignored, has been beefed up and rebranded New Frontier. With more mov...

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    "Once" Croons to Summit and Samson Joint Deal

    Sundance world dramatic competition film, "Once" by John Carney, has been acquired by Summit Entertainment in a deal that includes theatrical, video and television rights. The film sales company will sell worldwide rights, excluding Ireland, in conjunction with Dublin-based Samson Films, which produced the feature. "We have been tracking 'Once' for a while because its one of those unique treasures which appeals across all ages and genders--and we are thrilled to be working with the producers David Collins and Martina Niland on this Sundance crowd-pleaser," remarked Summit's David Garrett in a statement. "John Carney's sure hand and a lightnes...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Iraq Doc Stirs Talk at Sundance; "No End in Sight" Fuels Outrage

    As President Bush made his now infamous landing on a U.S. aircraft carrier declaring victory in Iraq with bravado, an onslaught of lawlessness and widespread looting raged in full view of the American military, decimating not only livelihoods, but the ancient country's cultural heritage. Even worse, the chaos exposed a political vacuum that opened in an Iraqi capital plunged into anarchy. Unlike most news networks operating in the United States 9 including the U.S. version of CNN and Fox News), international outlets such as BBC revealed a glaring difference between the "liberated" Iraq the Bush Administration propagated and the reality. That ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Sound Machine: Irene Taylor Brodsky's "Hear and Now"

    The cochlear implant - already the star of another Sundance documentary, 2000's "Sound and Fury" - is the hook to "Hear and Now." But the two retirement-aged parents who live like teenagers, perpetually sneaking out the bedroom window for a late-night adventure, are actually the story. These kooky ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The Showgirls of Sundance: Deborah Kampmeier's "Hounddog"

    Calling filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier's over-the-top Southern gothic "Hounddog" the "Showgirls" of Sundance is recognizing the much talked about adolescent drama as the great, unintentional cult classic in Sundance history. Bad festival movies are common but "Hounddog," with its loony characters, pile...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Woman on the Beach: "Never Forever" Tells Overripe Tale of Female Desire

    Gina Kim's competent romantic melodrama "Never Forever" stars new indie-queen Vera Farmiga as Sophie, a New York waif married to Andrew, a well-to-do Korean-American businessman (David McInnis). Their mixed-race marriage doesn't particularly please Andrew's devoutly Christian family, especially sinc...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Jessica Yu: "I was intrigued by the path of someone who tries to shape his

    [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 | Masha Novikova: "I wanted to make a film about the two wars in Chechenya,

    [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 | Beautiful Squalor: Steve Berra's "The Good Life"

    The standout surprise on the slow burning melodrama "The Good Life" never appears on-screen. It has more to do with its origins. Writer/director Steve Berra is a top skateboarder turned self-taught filmmaker but "The Good Life," his solid debut effort, has little to do with skateboarding and takes p...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "Khadak" Stands Out in World Cinema Program; Docs "Kahloucha"

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

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