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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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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Park City Gets Political; ITVS, Cinetic, and Gen Art Parties Host Throwdow

    Some Sundance filmgoers exiting the Holiday Village Cinema in Park City Monday evening appeared glossy-eyed following the screening of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's gripping competition doc "The Trials of Darryl Hunt." The film chronicles the story of North Carolinian Darryl Hunt, a black man who...

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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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