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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Black vs. White: "Banished" Opens Up Thorny Reparations Debate

    With Iraq documentaries all the rage, it's refreshing to come across an old-fashioned nonfiction piece that sets its lacerating sights not "over there," but right here at home, in the heartland and neighborhoods of America. In another revealing account of racial injustice in the U.S. of A., director...

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    AFP: World War II, globalization in focus at star-studded Berlinale

    Next month's Berlin International Film Festival will be a star-studded showcase of movies on the impact of globalization and the ongoing struggle to come to terms with the horrors of World War II, its director has told AFP. Dieter Kosslick said in an interview ahead of the February 8 to 18 event tha...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The Girl Couldn't Help It: David Stenn's "Girl 27"

    My favorite David Stenn book is "Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow," a wonderful look at Hollywood's first blonde sex symbol and the dark and tragic circumstances regarding her too-short life. Insights about early Hollywood, sex scandals and ruthless exploitation by studio executives are similar themes in another Stenn book, the equally wonderful "Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild." Everything I enjoy about Stenn's writings can be found in his debut documentary, "Girl 27," a fascinating investigation into a late 1930s sex scandal involving MGM. In 1937, at a MGM sales convention, 17-year-old dancer Patricia Douglas was raped at a convention ...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Andrew Wagner

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the last of indieWIRE's Park City interviews with over forty competition filmmakers from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the same ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | New York Shuffle: Alfredo de Villa's: "Adrift in Manhattan"

    The intersecting lives that amble throughout "Adrift in Manhattan," director Alfredo de Villa's good-natured but forgettable New York street life drama include a young Latino named Simon (Victor Rasuk) who snaps photographs of just about everyone he meets. One person in particular captures his attention. Rose (Heather Graham), an eye doctor, first appears on a Manhattan park bench wearing a pretty scarf that contrasts with her sour facial expression. Rose is separated from her husband Mark (William Baldwin) for reasons described in a flashback involving their infant son late into the movie. By the time Rose and Simon meet face-to-face, in an ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Survivors' Tales: Steven Okazaki's "White Light/Black Rain"

    World War II events as infamous as the attack of Pearl Harbor are Aug, 6 and 9, 1945; the days the United States dropped atom bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombings not only ended the War in the Pacific but pushed mankind into the nuclear age. How to tackle a story this humong...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The President's Analyst: Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight"

    An acquaintance working at a conservative daily newspaper used to tell me that when President Bill Clinton was in office, they had a corporate mandate to choose the worst possible photos whenever running a story about him. The point was to make Clinton look like a fool. Filmmaker Charles Ferguson mu...

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    PARK CITY '07 | "Padre Nuestro" and "Manda Bala" Win Top Prizes at Sundance '07

    A pair of Latin American stories won the top prizes at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, which will close tomorrow night here in Park City, UT. Christopher Zalla's "Padre Nuestro," a Spanish-language immigrant drama set in New York City was awarded the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and Jason Kohn's "Manda Bala" ("Send a Bullet"), a profile of lives in Brazil, won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize (along with the cinematography prize), capping the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Also receiving accolades at the packed ceremony inside the Park City Racquet Club tonight were Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem's "Enemies of Happiness," winners of the Document...

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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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