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Podcast: The Playlist Talks 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2013 12:05 PM
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The podcast returns for a Sundance Film Festival wrap-up, discussing the highs and lows of this year's festival, which came to an end on Sunday. Podcast host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Cory Everett and Rodrigo Perez, our two staff correspondents on the ground at this year's festival. Make sure to check out our complete Sundance '13 coverage, including interviews and reviews (several which we didn't even mention on the podcast).

Sundance Wrap: The 5 Best Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2013 2:09 PM
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First festival of the year? Done and dusted. Every year, the movie industry heads en masse to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's celebration of independent cinema, which has become increasingly important over the years, in the hope of uncovering the next big thing. Last year's festival brought "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to be one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and while there wasn't a singular breakout in the same way, the festival was certainly in good form.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

Sundance Review: Shane Carruth's Beguilingly Enigmatic 'Upstream Color' May Cause Disorienting Side Effects, Results Will Vary

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 21, 2013 6:50 PM
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Nine years ago, autodidact filmmaker Shane Carruth burst onto the indie scene with the abstruse and complex sci-fi thriller "Primer," which made him a Sundance darling in 2004 when it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to become a cult hit. The polymath writer, director, actor, musician, editor, producer, et al. stayed mostly quiet during this time, working fruitlessly on a still-unproduced film called "A Topiary" and helping out Rian Johnson with the time-travel sequences in "Looper."

Watch: Another Beautiful & Puzzling Trailer For Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2013 12:13 PM
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With the film announced today for the Berlin International Film Festival, and set to premiere soon at the Sundance Film Festival, a brand new, full-length trailer for Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" has arrived. And no, we still have no idea what it all means.

Berlin Film Festival Adds Movies From Jane Campion, Michael Winterbottom, Shane Carruth, James Franco & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2013 12:01 PM
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If things seems a bit quiet, at least for the moment, that's because everyone in Hollywood is packing their bags and getting the last details sorted out to head to the Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile across the pond, industry folks are also gearing up for their first major event of the movie year, the Berlin International Film Festival. And this year, they'll be getting quite a few titles that are making their debut in Park City.

Watch: Second Beautifully Cryptic Trailer For Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2012 12:41 PM
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"They could be starlings." Well, are they or aren't they? Too bad, because you're not going to find out until you see "Upstream Color" or even know what the hell that question means in relation to the story.

Watch: Trippy, Eerie & Baffling Trailer For Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color,' Spring Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 3:04 PM
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Oh, so you thought the guy who made brain busting "Primer" in 2004 was going to go easy on his next effort out. Maybe a romantic comedy or a drama about a marriage falling apart...it is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival after all... But nah, Shane Carruth is ready to make you think hard once again.

First Official Images, Poster & Synopsis For 'Primer' Director Shane Carruth's Sundance Entry 'Upstream Color'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 4:56 PM
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It was just over a year ago when word arrived that Shane Carruth was finally going to be starting work on his sophomore directorial effort "Upstream Color." Of course, not much was known about the project and word pretty much dried up from that point on, but it looks like the director has been working on the sly. The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the first part of their slate today, and among the pleasant surprises is the news that Carruth's film is finished and will be premiering in Park City.

'Primer' Director Shane Carruth Prepping New Film ' Upstream Color' To Shoot In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 7:09 AM
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It has been seven years since Shane Carruth's low budget "Primer" arrived and blew the minds of hard sci-fi nuts. The twisty brain bender put Carruth on the map as one of the most promising voices in the genre, but he hasn't a made a film since. Last year, fresh buzz surrounded the helmer when a website popped up for a project entitled "A Topiary," which Carruth was trying to get off the ground. At the time his pal Rian Johnson tweeted, "[Carruth] has a mind-blowing sci-fi script. Let's all pray to the movie-gods that he gets it made soon." Unfortunately that was the last we heard about it and while Carruth got a gig doing effects work on "Looper," word on his sophomore effort quieted. But get excited, because it looks like Carruth has something else brewing.

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