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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY:Newbies "Madeinusa," "Maximo," "Days" and "India" Surprise; Veterans Di

    Sundance is and always will be about American films. Case in point: the paltry attendance at the festival's press-and-industry international screenings. With so many films to see, journalists and industryites prioritize, just about always picking the low-budget thriller, Bruce Willis "indie" or star...

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    PARK CITY '06: Linda Hawkins Costigan & Linda Goldstein Knowlton: "...A documentary can be both beau

    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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    Sundance Institute Names Winners of Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award

    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The winning directors from each region will receive a $10,000 director's award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing support and assistance in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects. The winning filmmakers and projects are: Patrice Toye, "The Spring Ri...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: Politically Charged "Fragments," Blackout"; Breakout Acting in "Half N

    Political filmmaking is an evergreen in Sundance's documentary competition, but two standout works complement each other powerfully in their emphasis on the local effects of national and international policies. Overseas, James Longley's mesmerizing "Iraq in Fragments" shakes off the oversaturated video vocabulary that has defined media coverage of the war-torn country and brings a cinematic beauty, both terrifying and ethereal, to the landscape. Broken into three sections that examine Iraq geographically, Longley focuses on the microcosmic experience, whether it be a young child, a radicalized adult or a wizened old man, to reflect larger tru...

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    "Improbable" Al Gore Surprises Sundance

    Former Vice President Al Gore received a standing ovation at the premeire of "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he put together with director Davis Guggenheim about the impending dangers of global warming in the very, very near future. The film is based on slide shows, charts, short cartoons, and flow charts that Gore has been presenting all over the country since he lost the 2000 election, all of which demonstrate potential catastrophic weather patterns beginning in as little as ten years, due to pollutants in the atmosphere that have been accumulating since the industrial age. Gore's presentations are very dear to him, and it took som...

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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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