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Sundance 2013: The Shorts -- Works from Edgerton, Garai, Spurlock and Arriaga in the Mix

The Sundance Film Festival reveals 65 short films chosen for the 2013 programme running January 17-27. They were selected from a record 8,102 submissions, and will screen in US Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, Animated and New Frontier categories. Head of programming Trevor Groth states: "The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2012 3:59 PM
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A Tale Two Steve Jobs Biopics: One's Indie, the Other Isn't

Ashton Kutcher-starrer "jOBS," which will close the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the first of two Steve Jobs biopics. Below, here's what we know about the two projects, besides the fact that one is indie and the other--still being written by "The Social Network," "Newsroom" and "Moneyball" scribe Aaron Sorkin--isn't.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 3:51 PM
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Sundance 2013: Premieres & Doc Lineup -- Including 'Before Midnight,' 'Stoker,' 'The East,' 'Lovelace'

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 3:59 PM
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Review: 'Killing Them Softly' Has Bold Style, Skips Heartbeat

Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," adapted from George V. Higgins' 1974 crime novel "Cogan's Trade," takes place in an atrophied post-Katrina New Orleans in 2008. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a hitman whose preferred method of execution is explained in the film's updated title.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 6:44 PM
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Sundance 2013: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontiers Programs, Focus on Exhibition

Unlike most of the Sundance Film Festival sections this coming January, which largely introduce brand-new films, the Spotlight program screens the best of films that have already been shown around the world. Many are official Oscar submissions, including Sony Pictures Classics releases "Fill the Void" and "No," while their "The Gatekeepers" is in this year's documentary race. Sarah Polley's lauded Telluride/Toronto entry "Stories We Tell" (Roadside) will compete next year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2012 4:00 PM
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Athena Film Festival Returns in 2013; Honors Hurd, DuVernay, Haskell, Kuo & Mitchell

The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will return to Barnard College in 2013...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:56 PM
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Five Sundance 2013 Titles Hail from San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 Program

Sundance has chosen five films from the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 program for its 2013 edition. The five titles that will premiere at Sundance are...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 5:39 PM
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Sundance 2013: US and World Feature & Doc Competition Titles, NEXT Lineup

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is starting to release its schedule. Wednesday with its first round of programming - including its US and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition films, and its out-of-competition NEXT lineup.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 4:00 PM
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Doha Film Institute's CEO Talks Fest Growing Pains, Tribeca Connection & Arab Spring

Only weeks into the job, the Doha Film Institute's new CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khater sat down to chat with TOH! during the Doha Tribeca Film Festival to discuss the long-term goals of the nascent festival, now in its fourth year, and DFI itself, the umbrella organization which presides over all of Qatar's film initiatives.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 24, 2012 6:59 AM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Jury Prizes to 'The Repentant,' 'Lebanese Rocket Society' & 'Lyrics Revolt'

The 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival bestowed its awards Thursday night in the Arab Film Competition, the region's only dedicated competition for Arab talent, in a ceremony held at the Al Rayyan Theatre in the Qatari capital's historic marketplace, the Souq Waqif.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 23, 2012 2:32 PM
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