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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #30: David Andalman Tackles the OJ Trial, Mike Tyson, Tupac & More in 'Milkshake'

    David Andalman and co-writer Mariko Munro are looking to accomplish something different with the coming-of-age genre. "Milkshake," their tale of 90s discovery and exploration, stars Tyler Ross and Shareeka Epps. Andalman told us about the duo's learning curve and what their low-key tale shares with ...

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    Meet the Sundance Filmmakers #29 : Jeremy Lovering Examines Fear As a State of Being With 'In Fear'

    Some filmmakers get an education just by showing up. In Jeremy Lovering's case, his post-graduate film school experience came partly because no one objected to him attending, despite the fact he had initially only audited. After years of writing and directing for series and TV films, he's arrived at...

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    Meet the Sundance Filmmakers #28 : 'Stake Land' Filmmmaker Jim Mickle Gets Close to Cannibals in 'We Are What We Are'

    American remakes of foreign movies have been a consistent part of both indie and mainstream filmmaking for a while now. But not many of those imports feature flesh-eating cannibals. Pennsylvania native and NYU grad Jim Mickle is ready for his third feature "We Are What We Are" to hit Sundance, an ad...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #27: James Ponsoldt Aims to Dignify the Teen Genre With 'The Spectacular Now'

    Last year was James Ponsoldt's first year with a feature at Sundance. "Smashed" opened to generously positive reviews, landing it an October release and even some votes for star Mary Elizabeth Winstead on a few critics' end-of-year Best Performance ballots. A Columbia grad ("May in the Summer" write...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #26: 'Reno 911!' Creators Send Up the Horror Genre in 'Hell Baby'

    Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the creators of the hit sketch comedy show "Reno 911!," make their feature filmmaking debut with "Hell Baby," a demented horror spoof that features a haunted house, an exorcism and one nasty demon child.

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #25: Yen Tan Explores the Oft-Forgotten Lives of Gay Men in Small-Town America in 'Pit Stop'

    Born and raised in Malaysia, Austin-based filmmaker Yen Tan studied in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Austin, Texas where he now resides. His previous film, the award-winning "Ciao," was released theatrically. He was profiled on the cover of the Austin Chronicle for his film poster designs. "Pit ...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #24: Chad Hartigan Gets Inside the Mind of Middle-Aged Man Starting Over in 'This Is Martin Bonner'

    Chad Hartigan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with fellow filmmakers Aaron Katz, Zach Clark, Brendan McFadden, and Karrie Crouse. "They and all the other students were my mentors," he told Indiewire. In 2008, he wrote and directed his first featu...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #23: Andrew Bujalski Captures the Dawn of the Digital Age in 'Computer Chess'

    Harvard film grad Andrew Bujalski wrote and directed "Funny Ha Ha," "Mutual Appreciation" and "Beeswax," all of which have appeared on the New York Times’s “Best of the Year” lists. He's in Sundance this year with his NEXT entry, "Computer Chess."

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #22: Dawn Porter Documents the Struggles of Public Defenders in the South in 'Gideon's Army'

    Before embarking on her film career, documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter was an attorney at ABC Television. Since, she's gone to work in narrative features as an executive producer for films including "Serious Moonlight," which premiered in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Showtime’s "The Green....

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #21: David Lowery Tells An Outlaw Love Story in 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Rooney Mara

    Filmmaker David Lowery decided he wanted to make movies shortly after turning 8-years-old, which coincidentally was the same year he moved from Wisconsin to Texas. He's been doing that pretty much ever since. Known best as an editor (he cut last year's festival hit "Sun Don't Shine" and Shane Carrut...

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