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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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    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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