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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #46: Marta Cunningham Explores a Complicated Killing in 'Valentine Road'

    Autodidact filmmaker Marta Cunningham has made a stunning multi-faceted film about a very high-profile and gruesome killing: the point-blank range school shooting of Larry King, a young student exploring his gender identity in a California mega-suburb, by his classmate. The film, a part of Sundanc...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #45: Hannah Fidell Explores the Affair of 'A Teacher'

    Hannah Fidell's NEXT competition film "A Teacher" explores themes of trust and authority, sex and power. Fidell was one of Filmmaker Magazine's filmmakers to watch after she had two short films at SXSW last year.

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #44: Alicia Scherson Adapts BolaƱo in 'Il Futuro'

    Chilean budding-biologist-turned-filmmaker Alicia Scherson debuted her first film "Play" at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it took home an award for Best Director. She's at Sundancw with the World Dramatic Competition contender (her third feature-length film) "Il Futuro (T...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #43: A Corporate Headhunter Comes Apart in 'Houston'

    Berlin and Austin-based filmmaker Bastian Günther had a big festival hit with his film "Autopilots," which premiered at the Berlinale. He's come to the Sundance for the first time with his World Dramatic title "Houston."

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #42: Eliza Hittman Tells Her Brooklyn Summer Story, 'It Felt Like Love'

    Eliza Hittman was at Sundance two years ago with her short "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight," which Indiewire's Kim Adelman named one of the fest's best. She's back with her first feature, the coming-of-age drama "It Felt Like Love."

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #41: Liz Garcia Tells the Story of a Mid-Life Crisis in 'The Lifeguard'

    Television writer Liz Garcia ("Dawson's Creek," "Wonderfalls," "Cold Case") is brings her debut feature "The Lifeguard" to Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film, about a woman (Kristin Bell) who needs a change, is one of the record-breaking n...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #40: Shaka King Tells the Story of an Unusual Threesome in 'Newlyweeds'

    With the support of IFP, Rooftop Films, and Edgeworx, Shaka King brings his feature-length debut "Newlyweeds" to the NEXT competition of this year's Sundance Film Festival. 

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    Sundance Review and Roundup: 'Before Midnight'

    The magic alchemy originally conjured 18 years ago by director Richard Linklater and two gifted actors--Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who could sustain scenes across lengthy uncut takes-- finds its third iteration in "Before Midnight." It's a tour-de-force home run that will play like gangbusters in ...

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    Sundance Review: Shane Carruth's Beguilingly Enigmatic 'Upstream Color' May Cause Disorienting Side Effects, Results Will Vary

    Nine years ago, autodidact filmmaker Shane Carruth burst onto the indie scene with the abstruse and complex sci-fi thriller "Primer," which made him a Sundance darling in 2004 when it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to become a cult hit. The polymath writer, director, actor, musician, editor, p...

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    Sundance Review and Roundup: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

    Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer for hire on many micro-indie projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and featur...

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