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    OWN Buys Another Sundance Title for the Doc Club

    Oprah Winfrey Network has added another member to its Documentary Film Club with Yoav Potash's "Crime After Crime," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

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    Sundance Wrap | A Good Year and a Commercial One

    This was considered a good year for the Sundance Film Festival, both artistically and commercially. Program aspects that received a positive response also found distribution, and hopefully will continue to make headlines when they hit theaters. If Sundance provides a window into the near future, thi...

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    Sundance 2011 | Rounding Up iW's Coverage, Neatly Packaged

    The 2011 Sundance Film Festival may be, as described by one person we overheard, the event that brought independent film "out of the recession." Even before the festival began, indieWIRE was reporting on deals and acquisitions that continued through the entire 10-day event. One night during the week...

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    "Take Shelter" and "Project Nim" Top indieWIRE Sundance Poll

    Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" and James Marsh's "Project Nim" were selected as the best narrative and documentary films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted over the weekend by indieWIRE. The choices were in considerable contrast to the awards themselves...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Ondamax

    Ondamax is one of the busiest and most energetic of international sales agents and production companies. Founded in 2007, the company has made a name for itself as a specialized “cinema boutique”, working essentially with films from or about Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. Based in Florida, founder Eric Mathis and his team are always seeking new ways to promote and distribute their collection of films. Their first 25 titles reached 550 selections and won 105 awards in festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian. During last AFM they announced several new initiatives which will be actively in place by the time Be...

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    SUNDANCE FUTURES | "Terri" Actor Jacob Wysocki

    With Azazel Jacob's "Terri," newcomer Jacob Wysocki has made his entrance. In every single scene of the film, critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival were clearly won over by Wysocki's portrayal of the titular character, an overweight teenager who struggles at home...

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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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