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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Year of the Horse: The Stunning World of "Zoo"

    Known as the "horse-fucking movie," Robinson Devor's lyrical nonfiction portrait "Zoo" is, on the contrary, one of the most beautiful films of the year, let alone at Sundance. Without a hint of sensationalism or condemnation, the movie explores the true story of a Boeing engineer who died in 2005 fr...

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    Panorama Announces Opening Films and Panorama Dokumente

    Panorama will open their program this year with Bruce McDonald"'s The Tracey Fragments." The film portrays a fifteen-year-old girl's incoherent emotional world using innovative visuals, and was filmed in just 14 days. The Panorama Special will open with "Bushi No Ichibun" ("Love And Honor"), directed by Yoji Yamada. The film is the third and final installment in Yamada's samurai trilogy, and the story's protagonist is a young samurai (Takyya Kimura) who serves as a food taster for a lord. The Panorama Dokumente will screen 17 films, including 12 world premieres. "Big names and themes relating to politics, music, art and fashion will character...

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    iW VIDEO: Parker Posey and Zoe Cassavetes on "Broken English"; Director Martin O'Brien Talks Biodies

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Actress Parker Posey and Director Zoe Cassavetes chat about their Sundance film, "Broken English," Director Martin O'Brien talks about biodiesel, Anthony Kaufman reviews "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," and more.

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | $15 Million Dealmaking Day at Sundance; Also, Inside "Rocket Science"

    As the first weekend came to a close, bloggers and industry journalists continued to brand this year's Sundance a bust, saying that biz activity was off in Park City and trying to justify pre-fest predictions that the market this year would be soft. Yet dealmaking continued at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, heating up on Monday with millions of dollars in deals announced. Fox Searchlight announced two pacts, perhaps spending as much as $9 million for both Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly and George Ratliff's competition feature "Joshua." Warner Independent jumped into the action, nabbing Cherie Nowlan's "...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | David Gordon Green: "I was introduced to some people that work in movies,

    [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 | Dror Shaul: "The biggest challenge was making a film about a subject so c

    [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 REVIEW | Home of the Weak: The Middlebrow Melodrama of "Grace is Gone"

    Moving to some, bland to others, James C. Strouse's "Grace is Gone" follows the emotional journey of Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) after discovering his wife has been killed in Iraq, leaving him alone with their two daughters. Unable to bring himself to deliver the news, Phillips takes his girls on...

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    iW VIDEO: Gregg Araki Is All Smiles; Mia Farrow Speaks About "The Devil Came on Horseback"; Musician

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Filmmaker Gregg Araki talks about his Sundance film, "Smiley Face," Mia Farrow speaks out at "The Devil Came on Horseback" press conference, musician Alexi Murdoch performs at the Music Cafe, Anthony Kaufman reviews "Rocket Science," and more.

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    Christine Vachon Book Signing at Sundance Film Festival

    Christine Vachon, partner and producer for Killer Films, which produced the award winning films "Far From Heaven" and "Boys Don't Cry," will be having a book signing for her book, "A Killer Life: How an Independent Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond" which was published b...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Bad, Bad Boy: George Ratliff's "Joshua"

    At many film festivals, Cannes comes to mind; audiences would openly jeer a disastrous movie like director George Ratliff's unintentionally silly, bad seed horror drama "Joshua." At Sundance, where the film made its premiere over the weekend, the audience I sat with was polite and only laughed at al...

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