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    Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart'

    Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.

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    Sundance Review: Colonialism Is Explored As You’ve Never Seen It Before In Mesmerizing 'Concerning Violence'

    Goran Hugo Olsson’s non-linear, found footage snapshot of African colonialism mirrors “The Black Power Mixtape” for its similar use of preexisting material repurposed to strengthen its modern significance.

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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Chelsea McMullan

    "The word 'whimsical' doesn't make sense to me. It's a word that's generally thrown around too often and incorrectly. As it relates to my work, it's an oversimplification. Since we are on the topic of gender, how often does anyone hear 'whimsical' being tied to films directed by men?"

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    What Happened to the Women Directed Films from the Sundance Class of 2013?

    The 2013 Sundance Film Festival was notable for the number of women directors, particularly in the U.S. Dramatic and Documentary Competitions -- where half were female filmmakers. As Sundance 2014 gets underway, here's a look at what happened to the 16 features, 19 documentaries and one miniseries o...

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    Why 'Magic Mike’ Hunk Joe Manganiello Returned to the Male Strip Club With His Directorial Debut 'La Bare’

    Joe Manganiello can’t quit the stripper business. Two years after turning heads in Steven Soderbergh’s surprise male stripper smash "Magic Mike," the "True Blood" hunk is back with another film about men who disrobe to get by. No, not the highly anticipated sequel to "Magic Mike," but "La Bare," a d...

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    Oscar Nominated 'Dirty Wars' Glimpses Into Shadow World of U.S. Counterterrorism Via Tenacious Reporter

    Oscar nominated "Dirty Wars," the riveting documentary by journalist Jeremy Scahill and director Rick Rowley that probes the shadowy world of U.S. paramilitary operations, almost didn't get made. Or rather, it almost didn't become the film that premiered at Sundance in Januar 2013y to critical plau...

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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Valerie Veatch

    "I was in Rome when the BBC ran a story about a young couple in Korea who were on trial and suffering from 'Internet Addiction.' At the time it struck me as a very poignant moment where the virtual world was impacting the real world. This project is an opportunity to have a dialogue around the socia...

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    Review: In Documentary 'Maidentrip,' Laura Dekker Looks for Paradise in a Sea that Never Ends

    Jillian Schlesinger's "Maidentrip" chronicles Dutch teen Laura Dekker's sail around the globe, a feat which would win her the title in 2012 of youngest person in history to make the voyage alone. Observant and unassuming, the documentary looks at the significance of Laura's trip not in terms of reco...

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    The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

    2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures: The Force Behind Women Directed Documentaries at Sundance and Beyond

    As the only nonprofit film fund devoted solely to supporting women documentary directors, Chicken & Egg Pictures plays an important role in the independent film world and their influence is felt at The Sundance Film Festival, where, this year, four of their documentary feature grantees will debut.

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