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    The Lost Boys at Sundance

    Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us" is a "fish-out-of-water survival story" about three of the Lost Boys of Sudan. In 2001, 3,600 Lost Boys were being sent to the United States to escape the civil wars in their home country, and TV Journalist Quinn decided to follow John, Daniel, and Panther "on their unbelievable odyssey in a strange New World" (as described by Sundance). The young men, now acclimated to their lives in New York and Pennsylvania, came to Sundance in support of the film, which premiered in the Independent Film Competition: Documentary category on Sunday. Both National Geographic and Participant Prods. are looking for a ...

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    Female Directors Moving "Beyond the Rhetoric of Feminism"

    Female directors have always been prominent at the Sundance Film Festival, but this year there is a notable shift in style as they "zero in on the ties that come unraveled in the lives of contemporary American women." Kirk Honeycutt discusses this refreshing trend of heroines coming to terms with th...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: "Lion" Filmmakers Face Personal Cancer Struggle; Exhibition Challenges Tod

    In a striking blow of unbelievable news, Julia Reichert and her partner (in life and filmmaking) Steven Bognar were met with a dreaded telephone call when they stepped off the airplane in Salt Lake City last week en route to the Sundance Film Festival. The directors of "A Lion In The House," the competition doc about five children and their families dealing with cancer over nearly eight years, learned that Reichert herself had been diagnosed with lymphoma. After attending their first two Park City screenings last weekend, then introducing a third in Salt Lake City on Sunday, they decided to return home to Ohio where Reichert is now hospitaliz...

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    PARK CITY '06: Sabina Guzzanti: "...The restriction of freedom of expression is a problem that conce

    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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    PARK CITY '06: Patrick Creadon: "Final Score: Happy Results = 1, Red Tape = 0."

    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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    One of the World's Most Famous Stories Modernized

    South African film "Son of Man" attempts to reconstruct the traditional Western image of Jesus and portray him as a contemporary black African born, like the traditional Jesus, in "an occupied state and preach[ing] equality at a time when that [isn't] very acceptable" (director Mark Dornford-May). H...

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    Rosie O'Donnell Discusses Her New Documentary

    "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise," a documentary by Shari Cookson about Rosie O'Donnell's cruise for gay and lesbian families, debuted on Tuesday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. The former talk-shot host and her partner Kelli chartered a ship from New York City to the Caribbean, on which Cookson documented the experiences of the passengers and their families, from the fun and excitement of the cruise itself to the horror of the bigotry they encountered at the final stop in Nassau. TIME reporter Desa Philadelphia interviewed Rosie about the inspiration for the film, difficulties they encountered during the cruise, and what she hoped...

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    PARK CITY BIZ DAILY: IFC Gets Crossword Doc, Lionsgate's "Door", Sundance Channel @ 10, and More

    Does anyone remember "the old days" at Sundance, when the cool thing to do was arrive in Park City on the Tuesday or Wednesday of the festival? The second half of Sundance was when the fest really picked up. Some buzz had been generated from early screenings, and business seemed to intensify as the event headed into awards weekend. Not anymore. As the festival hit its halfway point this year, Main St. became much more manageable. Gone were the traffic jams of Saturday and Sunday, and while a number of films are in buyer's sights, the mega-deals of the first weekend have subsided. With many insiders leaving today, now Sundance feels much more ...

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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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