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    Sundance '10 | Adam Bowers Mines His Love Life, Reaches "New Low"

    Adam Bowers injects some humor into the brand new NEXT section at this year's Sundance with "New Low," a film, which, as he confesses in this interview, is unfortunately, more than a little autobiographical.

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    Sundance '10 | Zeina Durra Explores Cultural Identity in "Imperialists"

    Director Zeina Durra heads to Sundance with her first feature, "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" The film concerns Asya, "a successful visual artist working in post-9/11 Manhattan [who] lives the life of the hip and glamorous, replete with exclusive art parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines, while she carefully follows the situation in the Middle East on television. Out partying one night, Asya learns that her childhood friend, Faisal, has disappeared—the victim of a purported CIA abduction. That same night, she meets Javier, a sexy Mexican PhD student, and romance blossoms. Javier finds Asya’s conspiracy theories overly paranoid—but...

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    Sundance '10 | Katie Aselton's Hubby Convinced Her to Make a Movie About Open Relationships

    Actress Katie Aselton is taking the Sundance stage with her first film as a director. She's decided to write and direct herself into a role after she not "getting the jobs that she wanted." Her husband, Mumblecore royalty Mark Duplass, encouraged Aselton to do what he and his brother did several ye...

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    Sundance '10 | Jeffrey Blitz: "Lucky" Director's Upside Down Exploration of the American Dream

    Jeffrey Blitz, the filmmaker behind Oscar-nominated "Spellbound" as well as "Rocket Science," which won him the Directing Prize at the 2007 Sundance Fest, is back with his latest documentary, "Lucky." The director, who has been working hard directing episodes of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreati...

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    Sundance Roundtable, Parts 1 & 2: Movies and Movie Screens, Large and Small

    "Success earlier in the decade is what hurt smaller independent films later in the decade," veteran producer and executive Maud Nadler told a group of colleagues last year, during a roundtable at the Sundance Film Festival. "Corporations began to expect greater returns on modest movies made by first...

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    "I Don't Want To Feel Safe": Andrea Arnold On Her "Fish Tank"

    "I don't think about themes," "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold told indieWIRE. "I don't think, 'Oh, well, I'm going to make a film about this.' I just start writing, and I try to write as truthfully as a I can, and I let it lead me where it leads m...

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    Sundance ‘10 | Sultan Sharrief's "Stand" - A 4 Year Project

    Director Sultan Sharrief arrives at Sundance with "Bilal's Stand." The film is the story of "Bilal, an upright black Muslim teen who works at his family’s taxi stand in Detroit. 'The Stand,' as they affectionately call it, has been the family’s social and financial hub for the past 60 years, and Bilal is in line to carry the torch. But Bilal, who burns the midnight oil to keep up both the family business and his grades, develops a secret life designed to enable him to attend a top university. When his two lives collide, Bilal is forced to decide between keeping The Stand alive—and living the only life he has ever known—or taking a shot at soc...

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    Sundance ‘10 | Kevin Asch Talks "Holy Rollers"

    Kevin Asch makes his feature debut with "Holy Rollers," set to compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. "Inspired by actual events, 'Holy Rollers' uses the incredible story of Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy in the late ’90s as a backdrop to examine the difference ...

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    Sundance '10 | Grady & Ewing's Pro-Life/Choice Corner "12th & Delaware"

    Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, following up on their Oscar-nominated 2006 doc "Jesus Camp" and the hugely popular lost boys doc "The Boys of Baraka," with an investigation of American religious life. This time, they shift from the evangelical youth camp to a corner of a small town in Florida, one in...

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    Sundance '10 | Eric Mendelsohn Shoots in Color for "3 Backyards"

    Eric Mendelsohn, whose first two films, "Through an Open Window" and "Judy Berlin" (Sundance '99 alum), screened in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section, visits Sundance for the second time with his latest, "3 Backyards." Not only will the Sundance premiere be the public's first look at "3 Backyard...

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