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    AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

    On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach...

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    Africa in Sundance: An African Election and Kinyarwanda

    Two films in Sundance show Africa from the inside which is rare in these days when we are seeing events unfold in Africa from a Western point of view in the Sudan and the Ivory Coast. An African Election, directed by Jarreth Merz and playing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition after its IDFA premiere is a political documentary that exposes the never-before-seen, nitty-gritty of political electioneering in Africa.It captures the intrigues of political campaigns; the almost carnival like atmosphere that is laced with fear of the unknown and the danger that lurks behind-the-scenes. As the opponents face off in this 2008 election in Ghan...

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    Sundance Review | Joshua Leonard's "The Lie" Suffers From Uneven Tone

    Editor's note: This review was originally published at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. "The Lie" opens Friday.

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    Sundance Review | "Being Elmo" Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash

    As the simplest member of the "Sesame Street" legacy, Elmo also has the greatest lasting appeal. His childlike naivete and untroubled worldview catapulted the furry red muppet to instant fame in the 1980s, when upstart puppeteer Kevin Clash gave the character his defining traits. The subject of "Bei...

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    "Earth" Scores $20K Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance

    Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" is the recipient of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The award includes $20,000 cash from Sloan, and is presented to an "outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, en...

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    Sundance 2011 | Who Is Going To Win The Fest's Top Prizes?

    The Sundance Film Festival is heading into its final hours and there's much talk around Park City about what films could factor into tomorrow night's awards ceremony. The U.S. Dramatic prize in particular has recently given a trio of films - Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," Lee Daniels' "Precious" an...

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    New Video Acquires Sundance Doc "The Flaw"

    New Video has acquired rights to Sundance doc "The Flaw," directed by British filmmaker David Sington ("In The Shadow of the Moon"). It will be released under New Video's Docurama Films brand later this year.

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    Cherien Dabis Wins Sundance/NHK Filmmaker Award

    Director of "May in the Summer," Cherien Dabis, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Sundance/NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) International Filmmaker Award.

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    Sundance Day 9: Minute by Minute

    Day 9 at Sundance is up and running as the film festival nears its end...

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    Sundance Review | A Wacky Roadtrip in Calvin Lee Reeder's "The Oregonian"

    Calvin Lee Reeder has been churning out intensely psychedelic short films for several years, borrowing liberally from vintage grindhouse movies while turning the genre on its head. In concise wonders like "The Farm" and "The Rambler," Reeder places his elaborate, unsettling audio-visual design on pa...

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