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    The Creative Coalition and Sundance

    The Creative Coalition is the premiere nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Actors Dana Delany and Tim Daly serve as the organization's Co-Presidents.The Spotlight Initiative was launched in 2008 by The Creative Coalition to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world. Acclaimed actresse...

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    Miss Representation and Levi Strauss Go Forth in Sundance

    What is most notable as a trend in the films of Sundance is corporate patronage and investment as well as product placement enabling the 7th Art to go forward. From Morgan Spurlock's outright The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which examines the world of product placement, marketing, and advertising by making a film financed entirely by product placement, marketing, and advertising to Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom is showing in U.S. Documentary Competition screened today for the first time. The support it has received from Levis Strauss, whose Shape What's To Come is admirable in that it is built on a large idea for The Mi...

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    Sundance By Numbers #2

    >5 juries for competition films collectively are comprised of individuals from the global arts community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Jury Members are Susanne Bier ♀, Matt Groening, Jason Reitman, America Ferrara ♀, Kim Peirce ♀.With my view of the film world business, more interesting than the Winners of the Competition for Narrative and Docs for the American Indies and the World Cinema Sections (The films themselves are all worth seeing by virtue of having been selected by Sundance) is the competition among Hollywood's agencies and producer reps in handling the sales of the films. This is akin to a hors...

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    Margin Call Closed Out to Trade

    Margin Call -- which was exec produced by Cassian Elwes who is repping with UTA for the U.S. -- screened for press and industry today and was the scene of a small though intensely angst-ridden uproar as industryites were shut out after waiting on line for an hour. Some in the closed-out crowd claimed attendees were specially selected to enter in order to make the U.S. sale especially hot. Those unable to see the film included press members scheduled to interview talents in the film and many of the smaller distributors. To name a few I saw lingering outside, trying to decide what to do next, since attending the next few films was now out of ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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