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    PARK CITY '06: Patrick Creadon: "Final Score: Happy Results = 1, Red Tape = 0."

    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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    One of the World's Most Famous Stories Modernized

    South African film "Son of Man" attempts to reconstruct the traditional Western image of Jesus and portray him as a contemporary black African born, like the traditional Jesus, in "an occupied state and preach[ing] equality at a time when that [isn't] very acceptable" (director Mark Dornford-May). H...

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    Rosie O'Donnell Discusses Her New Documentary

    "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise," a documentary by Shari Cookson about Rosie O'Donnell's cruise for gay and lesbian families, debuted on Tuesday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. The former talk-shot host and her partner Kelli chartered a ship from New York City to the Caribbean, on which Cookson documented the experiences of the passengers and their families, from the fun and excitement of the cruise itself to the horror of the bigotry they encountered at the final stop in Nassau. TIME reporter Desa Philadelphia interviewed Rosie about the inspiration for the film, difficulties they encountered during the cruise, and what she hoped...

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    PARK CITY BIZ DAILY: IFC Gets Crossword Doc, Lionsgate's "Door", Sundance Channel @ 10, and More

    Does anyone remember "the old days" at Sundance, when the cool thing to do was arrive in Park City on the Tuesday or Wednesday of the festival? The second half of Sundance was when the fest really picked up. Some buzz had been generated from early screenings, and business seemed to intensify as the event headed into awards weekend. Not anymore. As the festival hit its halfway point this year, Main St. became much more manageable. Gone were the traffic jams of Saturday and Sunday, and while a number of films are in buyer's sights, the mega-deals of the first weekend have subsided. With many insiders leaving today, now Sundance feels much more ...

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    AtomFilms Announces Intel Indies Winners at Sundance

    AtomFilms announced today at Sundance the winners of its Intel Indies Film Contest. According to AtomFilms, the theme of this year's contest challenged filmmakers to "create films that imagine what could be transformed with the touch of a magic wand. Nicholas J. Worthey received the grand prize for ...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Money, Money, Money...And A Drag Queen Dessert

    Some of the pillars of indie film, including producers Christine Vachon ("Boys Don't Cry"), Ted Hope ("American Splendor"), Michael London ("Sideways"), Effie Brown ("Real Women Have Curves"), and directors Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), and Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven") joined Filmmaker Magazine e...

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    "Heart of Gold" Wins Hearts at Sundance

    Director Jonathan Demme's new concert film "Heart of Gold" wasn't something that Neil Young, the subject of the film, was sure would be made. Sundance hails the film as "an intoxicating record" of the the two-night "Prairie Wind" concert held last August in Nashville, Tennessee. Young began making the album shortly after he was diagnosed with a brain aneuryism last spring; "It was important to say what needed to be said so that you wouldn't be sitting there with it all in your mind but not able to move," he said. During his recovery after successful surgery, Young worked with Demme to film the first concert of the album, which "exudes a palpa...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: Looking for Int'l Innovators: "Sleep" and "Battle" Break Ground

    Innovation. It's surprisingly rare at the Sundance Film Festival. Sure, risk exists, but sometimes it's like finding a needle in a snow bank. Worthy performances and a compelling story are hard enough to achieve, so perhaps it's too much to ask emerging filmmakers for something original and refreshi...

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    PARK CITY '06: Bobcat Goldthwait: "I'm really more interested in the excitement and the creativity o

    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 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Sleep," "Wristcutters," "Illusionist" Refreshing Sci-fi/Fantasy; "Rat

    Fantasy and science fiction have broadened the scope of this week's Sundance premieres, in a welcome departure from the gritty personal realism that is the festival's stock in trade. Most radical of these is the surrealist amour fou of Michel Gondry's warmly received love story "The Science of Sleep...

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