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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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    Rollins Set for SXSW

    Henry Rollins will participate in a one-on-one chat with Andy Langer of Esquire Magazine at SXSW 2006, organizers have confirmed. The host of IFC's upcoming "The Henry Rollins Show" will take part in a discussion of, in the words of organizers, "his feelings on the current state of the media, pop cu...

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    Sundance Unveils Short Film Lineup for '06 Fest

    A total of 73 short films -- dramatic, documentary, and animated -- will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The shorts were selected from a total of 4,327 submitted for the upcoming festival, running January 19 - 19, in Utah. All of the films will also be available beginning on January 19th ...

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    Holofcener's "Friends" To Open Sundance; Fest's Premieres Lineup Unveiled

    Nicole Holofcener's "Friends With Money" will open the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19th in Park City, UT. The festival's closing film will be Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog." Sundance organizers made the announcement today, also unveiling the roster of high-profile, often star-driven, titles...

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    Slamdance To Kick Off With Clark's "Rockers"

    Larry Clark's "Wassup Rockers," which debuted this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, will open the 12th Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT on January 19th. The film described as "a skateboarding odyssey about a group of Latino teens who leave their East Los Angeles neighborhood ...

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    Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

    Making the second of four program announcements, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the rosters for the Spectrum, Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections. The new Spectrum section, renamed from the former 'American Spectrum' section, will now include both American and international titles. As ...

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    Downey, Dawson Star in Sundance Entries

    Ashley Judd, Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal and singer Tom Waits are among the stars appearing in movies competing for top honors at January's Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, festival organizers announced 64 films that will play at the Park City, Utah, festiva...

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    Sundance Unveils Competition Lineups for '06 Fest; 84 World Premieres To Screen At Upcoming Event

    Sixty-four feature films will screen in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, in four sections, festival organizers have announced. The competition is the heart of the United States' leading film festival, which this year will screen 120 features from January 19 - 29, 2006. Organizers sele...

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    Citing a Festival of "New Faces" Sundance's Gilmore and Cooper Discuss '06 Event

    "I think that this year is going to be the festival of new faces," Sundance Film Festival director of programming John Cooper told indieWIRE Monday during a telephone interview alongside festival director Geoff Gilmore. Cooper cited discoveries both in front of and behind the camera this year. "I th...

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    Sundance '06 Lineup Coming Soon...

    Sundance Film Festival organizers will unveil the feature film lineup for the 2006 event early this week. Planners intend to reveal the American and World Competition films on Tuesday, November 29th at 1:00 a.m. ET, followed by the announcement of the Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight lineups on Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 a.m. ET. On Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 a.m. ET, the Premiere's Feature Film list is scheduled to be unveiled. The festival's short film lineup will be released on Monday, December 5th, according to festival organizers. indieWIRE will have comprehensive coverage of the announcements when they are official...

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