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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Black Rock' Offers a Clever Take on the Girls-in-Danger Story

    Survival stories often occupy an ambiguous space in the horror genre, lingering somewhere between misogyny and female empowerment. The "final girl" trope pits a lone, frequently virginal woman against some ungodly threat, both glamorizing her struggle and imbuing it with dread. While gener...

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    A 3-Minute Short Can Win $100,000 in Cinelan's Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge

    While at Sundance to unveil the first five shorts in their Focus Forward series, Cinelan co-creators Morgan Spurlock and Karol Martesko-Fenster announced the launch of the Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge. The GE-sponsored Focus Forward is a series of 30 three-minute documentaries that focus o...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: "Kid-Thing" Is An Eccentric Curiosity, Courtesy the Zellner Bros.

    Austin-based sibling filmmakers Nathan and David Zellner make movies in a loony vacuum in which the only constant is a fixation on the bizarre. While technically geared toward comedy, neither their feature-length "Goliath" (which also premiered in the NEXT section, at Sundance 2009) nor in...

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    Craig Zobel Addresses the Sundance Controversy of 'Compliance' And Why He Doesn't Need To Please People

    Craig Zobel's having a very unique Sundance year. In 2007, the North Carolina School of the Arts graduate premiered his directorial debut, "Great World of Sound," at the festival to great acclaim. That movie, about a music industry scam, established Zobel -- co-founder of popular web s...

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    SUNDANCE FUTURES: Christopher Abbott Breaks Out in 'Hello I Must Be Going'

    Why He’s On Our Radar: In the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition opener “Hello I Must Be Going,” 25-year-old actor Christopher Abbott more than holds his own opposite Melanie Lynskey (“Win Win”) and Blythe Danner as an actor who takes up a steamy affair with a woman (Lynskey) over 10 years his senio...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW | Why 'Red Hook Summer' Is Both Spike Lee's Weakest and Most Sincere Work In Years

    SUNDANCE REVIEW | Why 'Red Hook Summer' Is Both Spike Lee's Weakest and Most Sincere Work In Years

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    SUNDANCE INTERVIEW | Marina Abramovic Explains How HBO and Lady Gaga Bring Performance Art to a New Audience

    In spring 2011, hours-long lines stretched outside the Museum of Modern Art as people waited to see a retrospective of performance artist Marina Abramovic's work. This included a new performance, "The Artist is Present," in which Abramovic would sit across from one museumgoer and the t...

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    'Teddy Bear' Is a Conventional Romance Elevated By Its Muscular Hero

    There's nothing fresh about the premise of a grown single man living at home with his mother, but Danish director Mads Matthiesen's first feature, "Teddy Bear," has a unique strategy for rejuvenating the formula. Its lead, real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, is a hulking mass of biceps...

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    HBO and Scott Rudin To Develop 'Indie Game' into TV Series

    HBO has made its second acquisition at Sundance, buying the remake rights to the documentary “Indie Game: The Movie.” Sources indicate Scott Rudin will develop the film as a fictional half-hour comedy series for the network. Rudin's currently producing two series for HBO: "...

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    Choosing Theatrical Over VOD, Sundance Midnight Title 'Black Rock' Chooses LD Distribution

    Mickey Liddell's LD Distribution has bought North American theatrical rights to Sundance Midnight Section entry “Black Rock.” According to the film’s rep, Josh Braun of Submarine, he went with LD over a number of other interested companies that wanted to structure deals ar...

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