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    PARK CITY '06: Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan: "For better or worse, we made these films the way we w

    Every day for the next three weeks, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    As Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration, Redford & Sundance Find A Home In Brooklyn

    Citing the 40.6 degree of latitude shared between Park City, UT and Brooklyn, NY, this afternoon Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute joined the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in announcing a collaboration dubbed, Creative Latitude: Sundance Institute at BAM. To mark the 25th anniversary of th...

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    Sundance Channel Sets Fest TV Host

    The Sundance Channel has announced that Whitney Cummings from TV's "Best Week Ever" and "Punk'd" will host the cable network's "Festival Dailies" on-air coverage of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival later this month. Daily coverage will air at 9 p.m. ET from January 20 - 29, for 30 minutes each day.

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    SXSW '06 To Open With Robert Altman's "Prairie"

    The 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival in Austin, TX will open on March 10th with the North American premiere of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," organizers announced Monday. The film features an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Kei...

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    "Factotum" Dropped From Picturehouse Slate

    Just a month before its U.S. premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Bent Hamer's "Factotum" has lost its theatrical distribution deal with Picturehouse. A Picturehouse rep told indieWIRE that the film is no longer a company release, explaining, "Unfortunatley we weren't able to complete the deal due to delivery issues." When asked for further clarification, the rep would not specify the issues, explaining that an unresolvable legal matter prevented the deal. The spokesperson reiterated that the company picked up "Factotum" in Cannes this year but was simply not able to conclude the deal for the movie. It had been set for an early '06 re...

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    First Person: Christian Gaines on Film Festivals

    [This is the second in a new regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    Sundance Announces Slate for Winter '06 Screenwriters Lab

    The Sundance Institute has announced the 12 film projects it has invited to its January 2006 Screenwriters Lab. The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day workshop during which time selected participants focus exclusively on developing their feature film scripts. Established writers provide workshop partic...

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    Sundance Names Finalists for NHK International Filmmakers Awards

    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced the twelve finalists for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The annual award supports new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions to support them in realizing their next projects. One winner from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan is selected by members of an international jury.  The four winners will be announced during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The twelve finalists are: Veit Helmer's "Azerbaijan Dream" (Germany), Nanouk Leopold's "Wolfsbergen" (The Netherlands), ...

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    Slamdance Set With Lineup for 12th Annual Park City Fest

    The 2006 Slamdance Film Festival will screen twenty competition feature films (11 narrative and 9 doc) this year, along with six special screenings, with the festival kicking off on January 19th with Larry Clark's "Wassup Rockers." Fifty-seven short films are set for this year's festival, organizers...

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    NY Times: The Soul of Sundance's Machine

    The festival has become so famous it is practically synonymous with independent film, but until now, the process by which films are selected has remained a mystery within the industry. In a rare discussion of the festival's inner workings, the programmers said they were suffering not only from the sheer volume of images cascading into their heads, but the pressure of discriminating among them. Added to that are the expectations of the media, the public and the independent film industry, a field that has both influenced what mainstream Hollywood makes and in some ways supplanted it. John Clark reports on the inside workings of the Sundance Fil...

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