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    iW VIDEO: Christine Vachon on Her "Killer Life," Sundance Survival Tips, A Review of "Zoo," and More

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Producer Christine Vachon chats about her Killer Life, festival veterans offer Sundance survival tips, Anthony Kaufman Anthony Kaufman reviews "Zoo," and more.

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Drowned Man: Sterlin Harjo's "Four Sheets to the Wind"

    Waist-high in blue-green pond water, a young man smokes a cigarette as tiny waves ripple to the edges of the screen. My memory of this postcard-perfect image in Sterlin Harjo's feature debut, "Four Sheets to the Wind," hasn't dissipated over time, and that may be because this coming-of-age drama builds to a quiet intensity not unlike that initial ripple. Early on, however, one fears a film of corny escapades and over-the-top sit-combinations: We see in the short sequence leading to this pond image that the man has, in fact, found his father dead, carried his flaccid, heavy body down to the water, and put him to rest deep in the pond, per the...

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    Berlinale Announces "Berlinale Special" Program

    The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the line-up for Berlinale Special as part of their official program. The Berlinale Special, themed "Remembrance and Experiment," will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, and five of the nine films showing will be world premieres. Included in this year's Special program is Richard Trank's documentary, "I Have Never Forgotten You." Narrated by Nicole Kidman, the film focuses on Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted himself to tracking down Nazi war criminals until his death in 2005. Also screening is Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani's "The Lark Farm," Krisztina Goda's "Children of Glor...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Romeo and Juliet, Only Nuttier: Dan Klores' "Crazy Love"

    The will-she or won't-she rehab antics of actress Lindsay Lohan pale in comparison to the New York tabloid tale of lying husband Burt Pugach and his beautiful girlfriend Linda Riss. Director Dan Klores, a prominent member of the Sundance community thanks to his films "The Boys of 2nd Street Park" and "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," captures the pulpy spirit of their oddball, fifty-year love affair with his stand-up-and-cheer documentary "Crazy Love." The fact that their story made newspaper headlines for many years is clear in the first minutes of Klores' rollicking film, his finest effort yet. Despite the sadness, crimes and terri...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Indian Job: Chris Smith Works Quiet Wonders with "The Pool"

    In our globalized economy, it only seems natural that Chris Smith, director of working-class portraits "American Job" and "American Movie," would turn his attentions to India. In his assured, neorealist feature "The Pool," Smith tells the simple story of Venkatesh, an 18-year-old boy trying to make ...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Donal MacIntyre: "The head of the Noonan crime family casually told me tha

    [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 | Mitchell Lichtenstein: "It became clear very quickly that -- mainly becaus

    [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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    iW VIDEO: David Gordon Green on "Snow Angels"; "Rocket Science" Kids, A Review of "Grace is Gone," a

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Director David Gordon Green chats about his latest film, "Snow Angels," Reece Daniel Thompson and Anna Kendrick talk about their lead roles in "Rocket Science," Anthony Kaufman reviews "Grace is Gone," and more.

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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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