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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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    Salt Lake City Hopes for a Park City Ambience

    Through a few small changes, Salt Lake City is attempting to keep locals in town during Sundance, while also convincing Park City diehards to stop by. Although Sundance has always had a presence in Salt Lake City, this is the first year that a "festival district" has been officially declared downtow...

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    PARK CITY '06: Yuan Zhang: "I realized that, no matter how young children might be...they have a com

    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: Holofcener and Cast Chat About "Friends with Money"; (And Queer Happenings

    The photographers were out en force last night for the Sundance Film Festival opening night film, "Friends with Money," directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan and Simon McBurney.

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    Sundance a springboard for under-the-radar films

    This year, Sundance continues its tradition of bringing in a host of eclectic, low-budget films, some of which may become the next big hits known for their intimacy and individuality. These are films that refuse to be lumped into categories, which is exactly what distributors are looking for; past successes include March of the Penguins, Garden State, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. "The obvious choices everybody already knows," says Peter Block, acqusitions president for Lions Gate Films. "It's the ones that don't fit that list that you need to pay attention to." Films with big potential to look out for this year include The Hawk is Dying, The...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: On Opening Day at Sundance...A New Institute Initiative (and a Spotlight o

    At the Sundance Film Festival's first opening day press conference in many years today, Sundance Institute president Robert Redford and Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore set the stage for an event that has become the most important film festival in the United States. With the Institute marking its 25th anniversary this year, Redford and Gilmore, seated alongside Nicole Holofcener, director of the opening night film "Friends With Money," announced plans for major new organization initiative. The Sundance Institute Art House Project is pairing the group with leading art house cinemas in the U.S. to create a program of screenings in ...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Managing (Biz) Expectations as Sundance '06 Begins

    With the Sundance Film Festival opening tonight, 'expectations' were the buzz amongst buyers and sellers checking in at the Park City Marriott this morning. An informal survey indicated that industry are taking a wait-and-see approach, trying to keep hype in check and not letting those expectations ...

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    Third Annual Queer Lounge at Sundance

    Queer Lounge, the only gay organization sanctioned by Sundance, returns to Park City for a third year. This "festival hot spot" is dedicated to building mainstream audiences and promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. Some of the most hotly anticipated films at...

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    PARK CITY '06: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer: "We didn't want this film to feel like it was ma

    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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    TIME: After 25 Years, Redford Reflects on Sundance

    TIME Magazine sits down with Robert Redford to discuss Sundance's evolution after 25 years. "...as the festival has increased in notoriety, the merchants came, then celebrities came, then the paparazzi came, then fashion came, and everybody's welcome. But at the core, we program the festival the same way we did the opening year, we program for diversity. So if you look at the festival from the inside, where the filmmakers are, you're going to get one perspective. If you judge it from the party circuit, outside, you might see a different festival. But the truth is we've never changed anything; it's just that the festival's population and exhib...

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