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Sundance 2012

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    Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

    Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.

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    Sundance Review: 'Simon Killer' Loses That Lovin' Feeling On The Streets Of Paris

    Simon (Brady Corbet) is lost. After being dumped by his high school sweetheart after a relationship that ran the length of their college years, the newly graduated, newly single American flees to Paris to get away from it all and find himself. Of course, the problem with undertaking such a journey o...

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    Sundance Deal Wrap: Mickey Liddell Picks Up 'Black Rock,' CBS Gets 'The Words,' Breakout 'Beasts of Southern Wild' Wins Grant, Heats Up with Searchlight

    The Sundance Fest is in full swing, with modest deals under way. The two opening night doc buys from Sony Pictures Classics ("Searching for Sugar Man") and Magnolia ("The Queen of Versailles") were both sweet and easy low-bid offers closed on the first night, according to SPC's Tom Bernard and Magno...

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    Sundance: Chefdance Hits Nine

    Park City, UT— Not long after I saw about a dozen teenage girls sprinting up Main Street, in hot pursuit of a stretch limo that apparently had someone famous in it, the thought occurred to me that Sundance is no longer Sundance.

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    Trailer Watch: "Under African Skies" Doc Surrounds Controversy of Paul Simon's Album "Graceland" in South Africa

    Currently making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival, Under African Skies is directed by Joe Berlinger. The feature documentary chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to celebrate the birth of his album "Graceland", and the consequent conflict that arises due to the album&...

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    HBO and Scott Rudin To Develop 'Indie Game' into TV Series

    HBO has made its second acquisition at Sundance, buying the remake rights to the documentary “Indie Game: The Movie.” Sources indicate Scott Rudin will develop the film as a fictional half-hour comedy series for the network. Rudin's currently producing two series for HBO: "...

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    Choosing Theatrical Over VOD, Sundance Midnight Title 'Black Rock' Chooses LD Distribution

    Mickey Liddell's LD Distribution has bought North American theatrical rights to Sundance Midnight Section entry “Black Rock.” According to the film’s rep, Josh Braun of Submarine, he went with LD over a number of other interested companies that wanted to structure deals ar...

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    Jackson, Walsh, Berg and Echols Talk 'West of Memphis' at Sundance: "Stay Tuned"

    Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh participated in a Sundance press conference for Amy Berg's controversial doc "West of Memphis" Saturday.

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    Ro*Co Productions and 1492 Pictures Team To Adapt Documentaries; First Will Be 'Crime After Crime'

    In a press release sent out today, international distributor Ro*Co Productions and production company 1492 Pcitures have announced a partnership to adapt documentaries into dramatic features. The first project will be Yoav Potach's "Crime After Crime," a Sundance 2011 premiere.

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    Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

    For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, d...

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