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    PARK CITY '06: Hadjii: "Personal experiences and the experiences of others are always heavy in my wo

    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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    "House of Sand" Wins Sundance Sloan Prize

    Andrucha Waddington's "The House of Sand," written by Elena Soarez, won this year's Sundance Film Festival Alfred P. Sloan Prize, winning a $20,000 cash award. The award will be presented Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival award ceremony in Park City.

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    Digital Technology Loosening Hollywood's Grip

    Many filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival are beginning to see the potential that digital technology in production and distribution can offer them in making their films available to an international audience. Instead of "being confined to art houses in large cities," through the Web, digital satellite distribution, and gadgets such as hand-held computers and cell phones, films will be able to reach every corner of the world. Of course, celluloid film has a long way to go before it becomes obsolete, but "this is more of a democratic technology, and that's great," said Marvin Jarrett, director of "Fast Future Generation." It's good news for...

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    "Alpha Dog" to End Sundance

    "Alpha Dog," directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Justin Timberlake, will bring Sundance to a close starting Friday, January 27, at the Eccles Theater. The film is based on a true story of suburban teenagers who fall into the world of drug-dealing, and the indifference of parents towards the mor...

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    PARK CITY BIZ DAILY: With Buyers Going Big At Sundance '06, Films Like "Saints" Hope For A Deal

    Buyers have been primarily focused on buying higher-profile, star-driven titles at Sundance this year, snatching movies with name actors or eyeing genre work. "The Darwin Awards" joined the list of bigger name buys, alongside the premieres "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Science of Sleep," "Right At Yo...

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    PARK CITY '06: Brian Jun: "There's no such thing as 'that's not my job' in indie film."

    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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    Struggling with Sickness: Four Sundance Docs Examine a Wide Array of Personal Battles with Illness

    Illness is never a pleasant topic, and getting people to watch documentaries about people who are sick, either physically or mentally, can often be a tough sell. This year's Documentary Competition section at Sundance offers four vastly different films that explore similar human themes: "So Much So ...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY:Newbies "Madeinusa," "Maximo," "Days" and "India" Surprise; Veterans Di

    Sundance is and always will be about American films. Case in point: the paltry attendance at the festival's press-and-industry international screenings. With so many films to see, journalists and industryites prioritize, just about always picking the low-budget thriller, Bruce Willis "indie" or star...

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    PARK CITY '06: Linda Hawkins Costigan & Linda Goldstein Knowlton: "...A documentary can be both beau

    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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    Sundance Institute Names Winners of Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award

    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The winning directors from each region will receive a $10,000 director's award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing support and assistance in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects. The winning filmmakers and projects are: Patrice Toye, "The Spring Ri...

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