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    "Stay" Stuns Sundance Audiences

    Bob Goldthwaite's "raw, original, and edifying" film "Stay" (as described by Sundance) has been shocking festival audiences since the weekend. The heartwarming but highly eccentric story centers on a girl whose fiancee walks out on her when she reveals a past secret that even she can't understand. "...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: New Self-Distribution Initiative Unveiled; Park City Filmmakers Sign On for

    Independent filmmakers, some in Park City this week without the support of high-profile sales reps and high-priced publicists, will have a new outlet when looking for help in releasing their films without giving up their rights. Withoutabox has announced the launch of The Distribution Lab, a new pro...

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    PARK CITY '06: Alan Berliner: "I wanted to understand the source and seed of some of my deepest conf

    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: Mark Dornford-May: "I got into film very late - last year!"

    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 BIZ DAILY: Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million; IFC Unveils Day & Date Progr

    Michel Gondry's latest, "The Science of Sleep," an at times romantic look inside the mind of one of the most distinctive directors working today, has been nabbed for $6 million by Warner Independent Pictures. The company acquired U.S., Canadian and U.K. rights to the movie, closing the deal at 4 a.m...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: World Docs Shed Light from Beyond the Grave: "KZ" and "Broadhurst" Hig

    Sundance prides itself on its devotion to the documentary form, and the organization likes to take credit, in some part, for the recent rise of nonfiction in the U.S. marketplace. This equal attention for true-life and fictional stories also applies to the world cinema program. Last year's international nonfiction competition showcased some of the best documentaries of 2005, including "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire," "Unknown White Male," "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia," and most notably, the world premiere of Werner Herzog's celebrated "Grizzly Man." While it seems there is little in the selection so far that is as m...

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    PARK CITY '06: Heidi Specogna: "With no fixed story in mind, being open and most important: having t

    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 BUZZ DAILY: "Half Nelson" Takes Full Applause; Al Gore Charms at Discovery Party

    Under a cloudless sky in Park City, a huge crowd of industry and festival attendees turned up at the Racquet Club for the premiere of Ryan Fleck's dramatic competition feature "Half Nelson," with tremendous performances by Ryan Gosling and newcomer, Shareeka Epps. The film centers on an improbable f...

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    PARK CITY '06: Hilary Brougher: "I flirted with being a painter but realized I needed a medium invol

    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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    IFC Launches 'First Take', New Day & Date Banner

    This morning at Sundance, IFC Entertainment officially announced the launch of IFC's First Take, a new distribution banner debuting in March that will release at least 24 films theatrically and on demand -- day and date -- this year. The new service is being billed by the company as a new national a...

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