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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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Film Festival Update: Vail, San Francisco, Sundance London (Video)

The 2012 Vail Film Festival's line-up of 58 films opens with the U.S. premiere of "The Eye of the Storm," which debuted in Toronto and opened in December in Australia (68% on RT). The family drama from Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne") stars Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis, who won Best Actress from the Australian Film Institute.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 3:48 PM
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HBO Docs President Sheila Nevins Talks West Memphis Three, New Oscar Rules, Sundance, Abramovic

HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins is a force to be reckoned with. After 30 years in the entertainment industry, she knows how to adapt. I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about HBO's Sundance docs as well as ongoing changes in Oscar doc rules.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2012 3:47 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' -- Dissident for Digital Age?

Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - the "story of a dissident for the digital age" - has been acquired by Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The doc debuted at Sundance (winning the Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance) and recently screened as an official selection in the Berlinale Special. The film's planned summer release will coincide with the film's subject making his first trip outside of China since his detainment. Read more below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:19 PM
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TWC's Radius Snaps up Sundance Comedy 'Bachelorette' and Thriller 'Pusher' -- Remake of 'Drive' Director Refn's Original

In its second pick-up this week, following acquisition of writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” The Weinstein Company’s new Radius-TWC shingle has grabbed US and Caribbean-basin rights to the English-language film “Pusher,” a remake of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 original...
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 10, 2012 7:00 AM
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Ponsoldt's Sundance Hit 'Smashed' Heads to SPC, Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed James Ponsoldt's "Smashed," which had its premiere at Sundance. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Thing," "Scott Pilgrim") and Aaron Paul ("Break Bad") as an alcoholic married couple, Kate and Charlie...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 1:20 PM
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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 Award Winners: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'The Surrogate,' 'House I Live In,' 'Invisible War'

It couldn't have gone any other way. The standout film of Sundance 2012, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," took home the Sundance grand jury prize, along with a cinematography award for Ben Richardson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 11:43 PM
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Magnolia Adds '2 Days in NY,' 'Nobody Walks' and 'Compliance' to Its Sundance Shopping Cart

Magnolia Pictures started out Sundance 2012 strong, buying doc "Queen of Versailles," and then went on a buying spree. Early Thursday, the distributor's genre arm Magnet Releasing picked up North American rights to the horror anthology "V/H/S" for north of $1 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 6:50 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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