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    PARK CITY '06: Max Makowski: "A true indie is made by filmmakers armed with nothing more than a scri

    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: Tin Dirdamal: "I became a filmmaker by accident."

    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: Sundance's Wide Wide World: Int'l Movies Mine Religion, Fate and Famil

    Fledgling directors gather every year at Sundance, looking to expose their movies to American audiences for the first time. But contrary to popular opinion, those filmmakers don't just hail from places like New York, Los Angeles, Austin or Memphis. In just the first couple days of the festival, atte...

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    Band Members Direct Music Films

    Music films are a familiar sight at Sundance, but there are two this year that tell their stories from entirely new perspectives. Stewart Copeland's Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out was created from Super 8 footage he shot during a Police tour in the late 70s, providing a first-person version of their rise from obscurity to stardom. In contrast, Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! is the result of Adam Yauch's (of the Beastie Boys) idea to give digital cameras to 50 concert-goers at the 2004 Madison Square Garden concert, "creating a 'concert film' like no other". "Everyone Stares" is in the Spectrum program this year, while "Awesome" screens...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Buyer's Buzz On Day One; "Sunshine" Selling; SonyBMG Goes For "Reggaeton"

    Thursday's clouds and snow gave way to blue skies and cool temperatures Friday, the first full day of the Sundance Film Festival screenings. And buyers in Park City got their first taste of what this year's lineup has to offer. The widely expected acquisition deal of the weekend is Jonathan Dayton &...

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    "Eve & The Fire Horse" warms up snowy Sundance

    Vancouver director Julia Kwan received a warm welcome from Sundance viewers for her first (and the only Canadian) feature-length film, Eve & the Fire Horse, at its world premiere on Friday evening. Kwan's short film "Three Sisters on Moon Lake" was screened at the 2002 festival; her current tale of...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: "Crossing Arizona" Premiere; Friday Night Party Madness; Saturday Parties

    Outside the Holiday Village theater yesterday, a small gathering of press had assembled around a group of people in the parking lot. A CBS crew and a Reuters cameraman were shooting members of the opposing sides of the national immigration debate. Joseph Mathew's "Crossing Arizona," screening in the festival's documentary competition, takes a look at the tense stand-off that is occurring along the U.S./Mexican border in Arizona, which has seen thousands die since the mid '90s. The film spotlights the crisis through the personal accounts of Mike Wilson, an Indian living on native land that has become a popular route for migrants, and who work...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Somebodies" A Diamond in the Rough; "Friends," "Everybody" Entertaini

    Money changes everything, so it's apt that Sundance, the most renowned and successful film festival in America open with "Friends with Money," Nicole Holofcener's charmingly observant but ultimately disappointing look into the lives of four Los Angeles women and their struggles with affluence. Watch...

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    PARK CITY '06: Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg: "It's...a gift to find a subject that truly inspires yo

    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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    "War Stories" from Sundance

    With the crazed surreality of Park City during Sundance (a film festival in the Utah mountains in the middle of January is not a natural occurence), it's not surprising that rather odd things happen to festival-goers on a regular basis. Sean P. Means reports for the Salt Lake Tribune about "Sundance...

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