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Sundance Film Festival

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    At Sundance, Misanthrophy Comes in Many Guises

    In 'Listen Up Philip' and 'The Voices,' Jason Schwartzman is a self-loathing novelist, and Ryan Reynold's cat tells him to kill.

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    How I Shot That: Filming Sundance Family Drama 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

    With an impressive list of credits already to his name that includes "The Messenger" and "Arlington Road," cinematographer Bobby Bukowski comes to Sundance with another acclaimed film and discusses the many challenges of pulling off "Infinitely Polar Bear," a family drama directed by Maya Forbes and...

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    Sundance Review: 'Rudderless' Is A Remarkable Directorial Debut From William H. Macy

    So let it be known throughout the land: William H. Macy has balls of steel. In addition to juggling a busy, successful film and television career, he’s taken on a new role -- filmmaker. His first feature film, “Rudderless”, is a poignant story that explores finding happiness in the midst of loss and...

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    Sundance: 'Dear White People' Director Wants to Call Sh*t Out While Making You Laugh

    "You absolutely have permission to laugh," "Dear White People" writer-director Justin Simien said at yesterday's Sundance screening before a largely Caucasian crowd at the Eccles. "You got your honorary black card with your Sundance ticket."

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    Sundance Review: David Cross's Directorial Debut 'Hits' Takes Shots at Brooklyn Hipsters and Libertarians

    David Cross's directorial debut is a savage film of pungent humor forecasting a grim trajectory for the state of fame-addled American society.

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    Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ Is A Sharp Satire That Still Cares About Character

    Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” pulls off a surprising number of things with startling ability. It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s ...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Takes on Love, Abortion and Stand-Up Insecurity

    Premiering at Sundance, “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 20009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sunda...

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    Producer Alix Madigan's Sundance Keynote: Instability of Indie Film is Worth the Risk

    Madigan was the keynote speaker at the Sundance Producer's Luncheon this year -- an opportunity she used to discuss her love of independent film. Her speech was a reaction to the widely reported departure of veteran producer Ted Hope from the world of filmmaking.

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    How a Zombie Movie Ended Up in the Sundance Narrative Competition

    At Sundance, zombie movies — like all horror films — are typically delegated to the Midnight section. This year, Sundance threw a curveball by programming Jeff Baena's gory debut "Life is Beth" in the narrative competition.

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    Sundance: Oscar Nominee Rinko Kikuchi on Her Astonishing Performance As 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter'

    Since netting an Oscar nomination for her astonishing performance as a troubled deaf teenager in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi has remained an active on the English language film front, appearing in Rian Johnson's crime caper "The Brothers Bloom," Guillermo de...

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