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Sundance 2011 Links: Day 8

Sundance 2011 Links: Day 8

Every day at Sundance, indieWIRE posts a rundown of news from our blog network as well as other outlets. Included today: Eugene Hernandez talks Sundance business, Spout likes what they see in Rutger Hauer, Cinema Blend interviews a very opinionated James Marsh, and Oscar coverage from Moviefone.

indieWIRE Blogs: Eugene Hernandez reacted to what has been a very busy Festival for the film industry. There have been multiple sales at Sundance this year, including the presence of big names like Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Paramount. Eugene even hinted at the possibility of an upcoming announcement for Miranda July’s highly anticipated film, “The Future.”

Christopher Campbell wrote about who he thinks is the most interesting person at the Festival this year. With a variety of big names presenting films at the Festival, Campbell’s choice might seem unlikely at first glance – Rutger Hauer. Campbell delved into Hauer’s two films at Sundance, “Hobo with a Shotgun” and “The Mill and the Cross.”

Over at The Playlist, James Rocchi reviewed “Take Shelter.” Rocchi critiqued the length of writer-director Jeff Nichols’s new film, observing that “A slightly briefer running time would significantly help the mood and momentum of the film.” Despite this, however, the critic praised the film for its visual style and engaging storyline. His positive review of the film also noted that “in other hands, [‘Take Shelter’] could have been a flat-out horror film or psycho-thriller. Instead, it plays like a naturalistic American portrayal of madness and the apocalypse.”

Other Outlets: Katey Rich interviewed documentary filmmaker James Marsh for Cinema Blend. Marsh’s 2008 film “Man on Wire” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary and he is currently presenting his latest work, “Project Nim” at Sundance. Excerpts of Katey’s 20-minute conversation with the filmmaker are available through video clips, including a two-minute segment where Marsh shares some strong views on Kevin Smith’s antics at Sundance.

Mark Olsen reviewed “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” for the L.A. Times. Olsen was present for a Park City screening followed by a lively Q&A, where director Goran Hugo Olsson answered questions from audience members. Olsen appeared to be most intrigued by the film’s interviewing style (having subjects speak over archival footage). He found “The tactic brings the images from the past into the present, giving a sense that they still hold the power to engage. The film is in some ways a reminder of the importance of historical records and the vibrancy of archival film, as no photograph or written article could quite convey the real sense of time and place that these moving images do.”

As Sundance cools down, Oscar coverage is heating up. Moviefone is already looking forward to the Academy Awards and has released a printable ballot that readers can use for their office pools and Oscar parties. Moviefone also rounded up a number of Oscar nominees to get their reactions after Tuesday morning’s announcement of the official list. Natalie Portman, David Fincher and the Coen Bros. are only some of the stars that are featured in the story. The film site also paid attention to the peculiar position of this year’s co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco. Moviefone was able to gather a list of Oscar hosts who went on to win an Academy Award. Moviefone’s most entertaining story in their Oscar coverage, however, involved children acting out some of their favorite scenes in four of this year’s Best Picture contenders. See how children deliver Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, James Franco’s cool, Colin Firth’s speech impediment, and Christian Bale’s Boston accent in this series of clips.

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