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    PARK CITY '06: Michael Cain: "The sheer volume of material, over 3200 hours of footage, often ran pe

    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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    "The Hawk Is Dying" a Popular Pick at Sundance

    Julian Goldberger's "The Hawk Is Dying"premiered last night as a huge crowd of people waited to try get into the Raquet Club Theatre to see it. The film stars Paul Giamatti as an auto upholsterer with a passion for falconry who lives with his sister and her mentally challenged son; as described by S...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Hardcore American Rock; "Daley" Draws Crowds; Email Jerk, and More Parties

    Paul Rachman's "American Hardcore" has already scored a nice amount of press with a New York Times piece at the end of last month. Rachman's film, which recalls the "hardcore" punk phenomenon that swept segments of major cities around the U.S. and Canada in the '80s, is screening in the Sundance Film Festival's Park City at Midnight section. Through interviews and amazing footage, "American Hardcore" charts the roots of hardcore in the U.S., which in part, grew out of a reaction against the rise of Reagan conservatism and a backlash to American suburbia. The pillars of American punk, including Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Ian McKay (Minor Thre...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Sunshine" Shines; Focus on Women's Issues in "Morning," "Stay," "Dale

    Since its world premiere and subsequent high-dollar acquisition deal on Friday, "Little Miss Sunshine" has been the de facto talk of the festival throughout the weekend - and understandably so. Enormously big-hearted, hip but earnest and rousingly funny in fits and starts, the feature debut of music...

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    PARK CITY '06: Max Makowski: "A true indie is made by filmmakers armed with nothing more than a scri

    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: Tin Dirdamal: "I became a filmmaker by accident."

    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 CRITIC'S DIARY: Sundance's Wide Wide World: Int'l Movies Mine Religion, Fate and Famil

    Fledgling directors gather every year at Sundance, looking to expose their movies to American audiences for the first time. But contrary to popular opinion, those filmmakers don't just hail from places like New York, Los Angeles, Austin or Memphis. In just the first couple days of the festival, atte...

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    Band Members Direct Music Films

    Music films are a familiar sight at Sundance, but there are two this year that tell their stories from entirely new perspectives. Stewart Copeland's Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out was created from Super 8 footage he shot during a Police tour in the late 70s, providing a first-person version of their rise from obscurity to stardom. In contrast, Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! is the result of Adam Yauch's (of the Beastie Boys) idea to give digital cameras to 50 concert-goers at the 2004 Madison Square Garden concert, "creating a 'concert film' like no other". "Everyone Stares" is in the Spectrum program this year, while "Awesome" screens...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Buyer's Buzz On Day One; "Sunshine" Selling; SonyBMG Goes For "Reggaeton"

    Thursday's clouds and snow gave way to blue skies and cool temperatures Friday, the first full day of the Sundance Film Festival screenings. And buyers in Park City got their first taste of what this year's lineup has to offer. The widely expected acquisition deal of the weekend is Jonathan Dayton &...

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    "Eve & The Fire Horse" warms up snowy Sundance

    Vancouver director Julia Kwan received a warm welcome from Sundance viewers for her first (and the only Canadian) feature-length film, Eve & the Fire Horse, at its world premiere on Friday evening. Kwan's short film "Three Sisters on Moon Lake" was screened at the 2002 festival; her current tale of...

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