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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Slamdance Awards Prizes, "Bible" and Gays, Darfur Doc, Hammer, and Mo

    Dylan Verrechia's "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" won the grand jury award for best narrative feature and Adam Hootnick's "Unsettled" won the grand jury award for best documentary feature at Slamdance 2007 as the festival awarded its prizes on Friday night in Park City. Audiences at the 13th annual event, ...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "How She Move" Outdances Hollywood, "Son of Rambow" Offers Ple

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is part two of two features that indieWIRE is publishing about the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema program. Read part one here.]

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Sundance/NHK Pick Pix, Glass Brings "This American Life" to TV, and M

    At a late afternoon reception on Thursday, the Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced the four winners of the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards, selected by an international jury from 12 finalists. The winning filmmakers and projects are: Lucia Cedron f...

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    PARK CITY '07 SLAMDANCE NOTEBOOK | Moving to a New Level with Some Quirks Along the Way

    As the 2007 Park City festival nears the end and Slamdance prepares to depart from the Treasure Mountain Inn, we look back through the memories of the crowded lobbies, late running times, projection problems and home cooked atmosphere to reflect upon some of the best and the worst of this year's Sla...

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    PARK CITY '07 NEW FRONTIER NOTEBOOK | Fest Within a Fest: Experimental Sidebar Re-Imagined at Sundan

    The most ambitious and hyped makeover at Sundance this year was lavished on the section that needed it most. The experimental Frontier sidebar, until now little more than an afterthought category where films are usually sent to be ignored, has been beefed up and rebranded New Frontier. With more mov...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Iraq Doc Stirs Talk at Sundance; "No End in Sight" Fuels Outrage

    As President Bush made his now infamous landing on a U.S. aircraft carrier declaring victory in Iraq with bravado, an onslaught of lawlessness and widespread looting raged in full view of the American military, decimating not only livelihoods, but the ancient country's cultural heritage. Even worse, the chaos exposed a political vacuum that opened in an Iraqi capital plunged into anarchy. Unlike most news networks operating in the United States 9 including the U.S. version of CNN and Fox News), international outlets such as BBC revealed a glaring difference between the "liberated" Iraq the Bush Administration propagated and the reality. That ...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "Khadak" Stands Out in World Cinema Program; Docs "Kahloucha"

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is part one of two features that indieWIRE is publishing about the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema program.]

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | 'Festival Fever' Intensifies, Cinetic Bash Yields Deals for "La Misma

    The annual Cinetic Media party, the hottest industry ticket at Sundance, maintained its dominance among festival soirees Monday night luring buyers, sellers and filmmakers to Zoom on Main St. No RSVPs were accepted for the party this year, instead a simple email was sent to guests who were told their name would be at the door. Those who skipped competing agency parties and nighttime fest screenings were treated to a front row seat as company head John Sloss brokered a pair of deals in Zoom's upstairs dining room. The Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein arrived a half-hour early to talk business, and when guests were allowed in at 9 p.m.,...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | $15 Million Dealmaking Day at Sundance; Also, Inside "Rocket Science"

    As the first weekend came to a close, bloggers and industry journalists continued to brand this year's Sundance a bust, saying that biz activity was off in Park City and trying to justify pre-fest predictions that the market this year would be soft. Yet dealmaking continued at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, heating up on Monday with millions of dollars in deals announced. Fox Searchlight announced two pacts, perhaps spending as much as $9 million for both Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly and George Ratliff's competition feature "Joshua." Warner Independent jumped into the action, nabbing Cherie Nowlan's "...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: From Serious to Silly, A Range of Emotions Evoked During Sund

    As the opening weekend of Sundance 2007 came to a close, buyers were circling a number of new festival films. As usual, the first few of days saw a number of acquisitions. As announced on Sunday in indieWIRE, The Weinstein Company quickly jumped on James C. Strouse's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Grace is Gone," nabbing worldwide rights for $4 million and making it the fest's first on-site deal announcement. Meanwhile, Magnolia Pictures has just confirmed its mid-six figure pact for Dan Klores's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Crazy Love." In other deals, Fox Searchlight is preparing to announce its acquisition of George Ratlf...

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