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    PARK CITY '06: Brian Hill: "Although the prison authorities were very supportive...filming schedules

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    Internet Extension of Sundance

    Recent years have seen a marked rise in the amount of content posted on the internet to showcase short films, podcasting, and blogging related to the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Institute Online has posted over 50 of the short film entries on its website for the general public to view, in an ef...

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    Questions Raised About Social Impact of Films

    At a panel discussion on Saturday for the Sundance Film Festival, founder Robert Redford commented on the social and political roles of film in the world today. "I don't know how much films actually impact social movements," he said. But it's definitely worth at least trying to make a statement, he ...

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    "Stay" Stuns Sundance Audiences

    Bob Goldthwaite's "raw, original, and edifying" film "Stay" (as described by Sundance) has been shocking festival audiences since the weekend. The heartwarming but highly eccentric story centers on a girl whose fiancee walks out on her when she reveals a past secret that even she can't understand. "...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: New Self-Distribution Initiative Unveiled; Park City Filmmakers Sign On for

    Independent filmmakers, some in Park City this week without the support of high-profile sales reps and high-priced publicists, will have a new outlet when looking for help in releasing their films without giving up their rights. Withoutabox has announced the launch of The Distribution Lab, a new pro...

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    PARK CITY '06: Alan Berliner: "I wanted to understand the source and seed of some of my deepest conf

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06: Mark Dornford-May: "I got into film very late - last year!"

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million; IFC Unveils Day & Date Progr

    Michel Gondry's latest, "The Science of Sleep," an at times romantic look inside the mind of one of the most distinctive directors working today, has been nabbed for $6 million by Warner Independent Pictures. The company acquired U.S., Canadian and U.K. rights to the movie, closing the deal at 4 a.m...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: World Docs Shed Light from Beyond the Grave: "KZ" and "Broadhurst" Hig

    Sundance prides itself on its devotion to the documentary form, and the organization likes to take credit, in some part, for the recent rise of nonfiction in the U.S. marketplace. This equal attention for true-life and fictional stories also applies to the world cinema program. Last year's international nonfiction competition showcased some of the best documentaries of 2005, including "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire," "Unknown White Male," "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia," and most notably, the world premiere of Werner Herzog's celebrated "Grizzly Man." While it seems there is little in the selection so far that is as m...

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    PARK CITY '06: Heidi Specogna: "With no fixed story in mind, being open and most important: having t

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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