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Occupy Sundance Heads to Park City

Although the protests at Zuccotti Park have subsided since the height of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, it looks like the Occupy movement has a new target: Sundance.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 3:45 PM
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New Directors/New Films Picks First Seven Selections

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art today announced the official selections for the 41st New Directors/New Films, to be held from March 21 to April 1.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 2:18 PM
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Sundance Watch: HBO Doc Films Buys Me @The Zoo

HBO Documentary Films has bought U.S. broadcast rights to Sundance U.S. Competition documentary "Me @the Zoo. Rookie drectors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch explore the phenomenon of internet celebrity, focusing on Chris Crocker, the infamous vlogger of “Leave Britney Alone” fame. "Me @the Zoo" looks at video sharing and social media storytelling; "Me at the Zoo" (pictured and below) was the first-ever video loaded on YouTube, in 2005.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:34 PM
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Sundance 2012: Meet the Artist Filmmaker Video Interviews

Sundance has put together "Meet the Artist" videos for each filmmaker in the US Doc and US Dramatic competitions. Check out a few below and more here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 2:35 PM
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Sundance Trailers: Check Out 'The Orator,' 'West of Memphis,' 'John Dies at the End,' '5 Broken Cameras' & More

Take a look at some trailers for the films playing at Sundance next week. Among the trailers is Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," which was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who after seeing HBO's first "Paradise Lost," began quietly financing investigations into the West Memphis Three's case...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 4:23 PM
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2011 Sundance Film Fest Theatrical Acquisitions Underperform – Set Low Expectations for 2012

What does "Our Idiot Brother" have in common with "The Kids Are All Right," "Precious," "Sunshine Cleaning," "Once," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "March of the Penguins”? Like those other titles (distributed between 2005-2011), it was the highest-grossing film in theaters among those acquired at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) the year it premiered.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 16, 2012 4:20 PM
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Palm Springs Fest Winners: 'Starbuck,' 'The Girls in the Band,' 'Wish Me Away'

The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners today, chosen from a pool of 188 films from 73 countries.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 15, 2012 5:06 PM
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Locarno Fest's Retrospective Will Screen Director Otto Preminger's Entire Body of Work

The Locarno Film Festival (August 1-11) will partner with the Swiss and French Cinémathèques for its 2012 retrospective, devoted to Austrian-Hungarian director Otto Preminger ("Laura" [1944], "Anatomy of a Murder" [1959], "Porgy and Bess" [1959]). Preminger's entire body of work - forty films - will be screened in 35mm prints along with fest discussions with filmmakers, actors and critics. The retrospective's curator, Carlo Chatrian, will also hold a roundtable discussion open to fest attendees. Capricci will publish French and English versions of a book on Preminger, and the screenings will be repeated by each of the Cinémathèques in the fall.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 5:16 PM
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SXSW 2012 Opening Night Film Is Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's 'The Cabin in the Woods'; Lena Dunham To Premiere HBO Series 'Girls'

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's horror production "The Cabin in the Woods" (Lionsgate, April 13) will open the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival, which runs March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Whedon will also participate in a key Conversation at the conference on March 10. And SXSW will premiere the first three episodes of SXSW discovery Lena Dunham's ten-part HBO series "Girls" (April) along with a March 13 panel on the series featuring producer Judd Apatow and writer-director-actress Dunham.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
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Parker Posey Hosting Sundance Awards Ceremony; Jurors Revealed

The Sundance Institute reveals the jury members of the six juries that will be granting prizes at the 2012 festival. The awards ceremony January 28 will be hosted by Parker Posey and live streamed here. Short film awards will be announced January 24 at a separate ceremony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 2:01 PM
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