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    AtomFilms Announces Intel Indies Winners at Sundance

    AtomFilms announced today at Sundance the winners of its Intel Indies Film Contest. According to AtomFilms, the theme of this year's contest challenged filmmakers to "create films that imagine what could be transformed with the touch of a magic wand. Nicholas J. Worthey received the grand prize for ...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Money, Money, Money...And A Drag Queen Dessert

    Some of the pillars of indie film, including producers Christine Vachon ("Boys Don't Cry"), Ted Hope ("American Splendor"), Michael London ("Sideways"), Effie Brown ("Real Women Have Curves"), and directors Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), and Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven") joined Filmmaker Magazine e...

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    "Heart of Gold" Wins Hearts at Sundance

    Director Jonathan Demme's new concert film "Heart of Gold" wasn't something that Neil Young, the subject of the film, was sure would be made. Sundance hails the film as "an intoxicating record" of the the two-night "Prairie Wind" concert held last August in Nashville, Tennessee. Young began making the album shortly after he was diagnosed with a brain aneuryism last spring; "It was important to say what needed to be said so that you wouldn't be sitting there with it all in your mind but not able to move," he said. During his recovery after successful surgery, Young worked with Demme to film the first concert of the album, which "exudes a palpa...

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    Actor Chris Penn Found Dead at Residence

    Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead Tuesday at his condominium near the beach in Santa Monica, police said. Police said they discovered the 40-year-old actor's body around 4 p.m. Lt. Frank Fabrega said there were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy will be conducted to deter...

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    Miramax Takes Rights to "Night Listener"

    Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films co-production, "Night Listener," company president Daniel Battsek announced Tuesday from the Sundance Film Festival. Directed and co-written by Patrick Stettner ("The Business of Strangers") "Night Listener," tackles the narrative of Armistead Maupin's story in which popular public radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete (Rory Culkin) and the social worker who rescued him from a life of abuse (Toni Collette). But Gabriel soon comes to the startling realization that ...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: Looking for Int'l Innovators: "Sleep" and "Battle" Break Ground

    Innovation. It's surprisingly rare at the Sundance Film Festival. Sure, risk exists, but sometimes it's like finding a needle in a snow bank. Worthy performances and a compelling story are hard enough to achieve, so perhaps it's too much to ask emerging filmmakers for something original and refreshi...

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    PARK CITY '06: Bobcat Goldthwait: "I'm really more interested in the excitement and the creativity o

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    "Why We Fight" Tops BOT; "Brokeback Mountain" Continues Climb

    Sony Classics' political documentary "Why We Fight" debuted at number one on the Jan. 20-22nd weekend indieWIRE Box Office Tracker (iWBOT), while Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" continued to prove a veritable Mount Everest among platform-released art/specialty films. Films are ranked on iWBOT a...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Sleep," "Wristcutters," "Illusionist" Refreshing Sci-fi/Fantasy; "Rat

    Fantasy and science fiction have broadened the scope of this week's Sundance premieres, in a welcome departure from the gritty personal realism that is the festival's stock in trade. Most radical of these is the surrealist amour fou of Michel Gondry's warmly received love story "The Science of Sleep...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Park City Gets Political; ITVS, Cinetic, and Gen Art Parties Host Throwdow

    Some Sundance filmgoers exiting the Holiday Village Cinema in Park City Monday evening appeared glossy-eyed following the screening of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's gripping competition doc "The Trials of Darryl Hunt." The film chronicles the story of North Carolinian Darryl Hunt, a black man who...

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