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Kirby Dick Talks Oscar-Nominated 'Invisible War,' Re-releasing This Weekend in NY and LA [UPDATE]

Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War" has snagged one of the coveted five competing spots for the Academy's Best Documentary Oscar, and will be released January 18 at the Film Society at Lincoln Center and at Laemmle's Santa Monica, Pasadena and Claremont theaters January 19...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2013 2:07 PM
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New Sleepytime Artwork for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance Winner 'Sleepwalk With Me'

Check out the new artwork for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance NEXT winner "Sleepwalk With Me," which translates the comedian's successful 2008 standup routine into a film about a longterm couple who, like a shark, must either keep swimming or die...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 2:56 PM
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New Trailer and Early Reviews: Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' Triangle Stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt

Actress-writer-director Lynn Shelton's fourth feature, "Your Sister's Sister" (June 15), showcases an exhilarating trio of actors at the top of their improv game: Mark Duplass ("Humpday"), Rosemarie DeWitt ("Rachel's Getting Married," and Emily Blunt ("Young Victoria"). (See the new official trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 4:29 PM
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Sundance Institute Returns from FILM FORWARD Initiative in China; Next Stops Include India, Morocco, Oklahoma

Sundance has been all over the world as of late. Sundance London debuted in early March, and the Institute has just returned from Beijing and Kunming, China, after its week-long "FILM FORWARD" initiative, which brought six Sundance titles and a host of workshops to emerging Chinese artists, filmmakers, students and film education faculty.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 4:50 PM
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Music Box Will Release Sundance HBO Doc 'Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present'

The rule changes for documentaries to qualify for next year's Academy Awards require a multi-city theatrical run and a review in The NY Times. In an interview, HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins told me that going forward, HBO will now choose a far smaller number of films to qualify for the Oscars. Well, now HBO has picked one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2012 3:44 PM
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Sundance London Brings 14 Park City Titles Across the Pond

The Sundance Film Festival arrives in London at the end of next month. To put it mildly, it’ll be different from the real thing.
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 12, 2012 9:21 AM
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Sundance Reviews: 'The Debutante Hunters,' Neil Young, and 'We’re Not Broke'

It may go down as one of the oddest double-bills in Sundance history. Prior to the premiere of Karin Hayes’ and Victoria Bruce’s earnest and timely documentary about the broken corporate tax system in the U.S., “We’re Not Broke,” Sundance programmers chose to show a short subject documentary entitled, “The Debutante Hunters.”
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • January 30, 2012 5:26 PM
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Sundance News: Participant Media and AFFRM Acquire 'Middle of Nowhere'

Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 7:32 PM
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Sundance News: Entertainment One Acquires Psychological Thriller 'Wish You Were Here'

Entertainment One has purchased North American rights to the Australian Sundance opener "Wish You Were Here." Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, the mystery thriller stars Joel Edgerton ("Warrior" and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"). The movie will most likely be released in Fall of 2012. "Wish You Were Here" depicts what happens to three friends after one goes missing on a trip to Cambodia. It was criticized for weak plotting, but praised for its performances and production value.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 10:33 PM
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Sundance Reviews: Lean Mean 'Bachelorette' Shocks Festival, Too Hard or Too Soft?

Sundance comedy "Bachelorette" boasts an all-star girl comedy-pack: Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher. They play a hard-drinking and drugging trio who are horrified that their pudgiest gal pal (Aussie comedienne Rebel Wilson) is the first of their high school gang to get married.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2012 10:28 PM
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