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    We Were Here at Sundance

    An Interview with David WeissmanSundance official 'Meet the Fillmmaker' WE WERE HERE is a powerful new documentary that takes a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco in 1981 and at a community that came together to respond to the crisis with love, compassion, and determination. It screens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake City at 3:45pm on Sunday, Jan. 23 as part of the Sundance Film Festival, where it will show five additonal times in Park City as part of the Documentary Competition.This is a film which reaches out and touches the audience without any banging on the drum. It leaves pe...

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    Oscar® Watch: Even the Rain (From Spain): Revised January 19th: I'm Rooting For This Underdog

    See the trailer here. Today January 19, as the Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Submissions for Nomination is announced, I find myself rooting for Tambien la Lluvia for its brave subject matter and ambitious storytelling. But I must admit that the reason I am not rooting for for Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful", Susanne Bier’s Golden Globe winner “In a Better World, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Dogtooth,” is because I have not seen them! I've heard great things about them though. Nor have I seen Algeria's “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director; Japan's “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakas...

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    Second Short Sale Pre-Sundance

    Roberta Munroe and internet marketing maven Cheri Kandler just told me that Roberta's client Trevor Anderson's short film The High Level Bridge has received a distribution offer from CBC today. The short is included in the Sundance Festival this year and is also part of the YouTube Screening Room in...

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    Beaver Dam Kicks Off Sundance Sales

    Just few days before playing at Sundance’11 and just one day after being announced in the Berlinale’11 Generation 14plus lineup, The Legend of Beaver Dam has been licensed to Canal Plus for French TV rights by Ouat Media [pronounced “what”].OK, it's a short, but it and the buzz on director Jerome Sable earns a first place for shorts in the race for sales!After being selected at the Toronto International Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, FantasticFest, ScreamFest, the Sitges International Film Festival, director Jerome Sable’s The Legend of Beaver Dam will be landing at the Berlinale’11 right after its high-profile screenings at Sundan...

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    International Sales Agent of Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries): UTV

    Dhobi Ghat means "washing area" which explains so much more of this beautiful film than "Mumbai Diaries". The washing area epitomizes the man who washes and delivers laundry to a reclusive artist and also to a rich young American Indian photographer who meets and spends a night with the artist. The Mumbai Diaries epitomize a woman whose video diary is discovered by the artist when he moves into his new apartment, an artifact she left behind, and the photographs of Shai, whose father owns buildings in the neighborhood where the story of these four people takes place. This is a very special, unusually "western" story, not like the usual comm...

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    Palm Springs Film Festival Awards

    The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 6-17, 2011, screened 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®.It has now announced its awards:The Whistleblower ♀ Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Goldwyn, ISA: Voltage) Also won at the Whistler Film Festival.The Whistleblower directed by Larysa Kondracki ♀ Louder Than a Bomb Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Also won Best Doc at Austin Film Festival.Of Gods and Men Receives FIPRESCI Award (U.S.: SPC ISA: Wild Bunch). Tipped for Oscar Nomination Best Foreign Languag...

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    Oscar Watch: Belgium - Illegal by Olivier Masset-Depasse

    LUX Prize Nomination 2010 - Oliver Masset-Depasse, directorUploaded by Cineuropa. - Interview with Olivier Masset-Depasse, Director and Writer of Illégal (Illegal)

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    Sundance By Numbers #1

    Photo by IndieWIREOver the last few days, I've had a lot of conversations with people preparing for Sundance. Since I cover the buying and selling of rights, I noted the players' activities and have found the following numbers at play.Of the Festival's 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition which were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international: 26 are directed by women ♀ 22% (up from last year). + 11 are repped by UTA + 11 have appeared first at IFP+ 9 filmmakers have retained attorneys Donaldson & Callif + 8 are r...

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    Africa in Film: African Screens

    The best blog on African films might be African Screens . African Screens is an Online Magazine run by two editors - Chinaka Iwunze and Don Omope.

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    Oscar Watch: Peru - Undertow (Contracorriente), directed by Javier Fuentes-León

    Then there is Contracorriente from Peru. After its great success at San Sebastian, Sundance, and LALIFF, this great film is receiving good solid distribution from Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative and good solid international representation from Shoreline. This is one of the most beautifu...

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