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Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #38: Gillian Robespierre Delivers Raw Honesty and Humor in 'Obvious Child'

    Gillian Robespierre is a Brooklyn-based, born and raised New Yorker. After attending college in Boston for a year she returned to New York City and graduated from the School of Visual Arts’ Film & Video Program."Obvious Child" showed as a short in 2009 in a series of festivals. She told Indiewire "I...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #37: A.J. Edwards Retells the Story of Lincoln's Childhood in 'The Better Angels'

    Born in California and raised in Texas, A.J. Edwards comes from a background of editing and directing second-unit on Terrence Malick films. His projects include "The New World," "Tree of Life," "To the Wonder," and the upcoming "Knight of Cups." Edwards' first feature film will premiere at Sundance ...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #36: Justin Simien Reflects Deeply on Interracial Conflict in 'Dear White People'

    Even in modern times the issue of race nevertheless remains a volatile one, and that fact is rarely explored as passionately or profoundly as in Justin Simien's "Dear White People," a dramatic feature film that fearlessly brings increasingly heated racial tensions to the forefront.

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #35: Jennifer Kent Drags You to the Dark Side in 'The Babadook'

    Scary movies often vary on their level of quality, but Jennifer Kent's latest feature "The Babadook" certainly has what it takes to earn in its place at the top of the pyramid. Following the terrifying experiences of a single mother and her seven-year-old son, the film aims to bring out the more d...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #34: Small Town Carries Big Hopes in Tracy Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo's 'Rich Hill'

    Directors Tracy Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo guarantee you'll think twice about passing through the town of Rich Hill, Missouri without noticing what it holds. In their feature film drama "Rich Hill," the directing pair examines the American dream in even the most seemingly dreary community, whic...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #33: Domestic Abuse Will Never Look the Same After Cynthia Hill's 'Private Violence'

    Audiences will no longer be so quick to judge victims of domestic abuse when Cynthia Hill's documentary feature "Private Violence" reaches them. The film pulls us into the wrenching lives of women with abusive partners and fortunately sheds infinitely new light on the oft-misunderstood issue.

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #32: Hope and Desperation Abound in Jesse Moss' 'The Overnighters'

    With an oil boom occurring in a small North Dakota town, the possibilities in Jesse Moss' documentary feature 'The Overnighters' seem endless. But the controversy of the job-seekers' criminal pasts leads to even more controversial measures by the town's pastor, and makes for utterly compelling and p...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #31: Madeleine Olnek Introduces Hilarious Take on Prostitution and Sexuality in 'The Foxy Merkins'

    The world of prostitution now has two new --and very distinct-- faces in "The Foxy Merkins," an off-beat comedy about prostitutes in NYC. Director Madeleine Olnek's latest feature manages to hilariously broaden perceptions of the world's oldest profession while enlightening its viewers on the iss...

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #30: Sydney Freeland Depicts a More Meaningful Side to Her Hometown in 'Drunktown's Finest'

    The lives of three youths on an Indian reservation are brought to light and deeply explored in "Drunktown's Finest," an unflinching drama written and directed by Sydney Freeland about the common struggles of a trio of Native Americans in Gallup, New Mexico who have very different lifestyles.

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    Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #29: Kate Barker-Froyland Shows Us the Power of Music with 'Song One'

    With her first feature film, writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland introduces to us the more intimate side of the music world, where relationships are born and people's understanding of one another suddenly become much clearer, and seem much more beautiful.

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