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WATCH: Trailer for Jim Mickle's Southern-Fried Revenge Thriller 'Cold In July,' Starring Michael C. Hall

Writer/director Jim Mickle shook up the indie genre film world last year with his domestic horror film "We Are What We Are," and now he has done it again with his throwback thriller "Cold in July," starring Michael C. Hall. Watch the official trailer here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 1:52 PM
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12 Independent Films to Make Their Digital Debut via Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute's Artist Services program, which provides resident artists with exclusive creative opportunities, will digitally debut 12 independent films this Spring. Titles began premiering today, and will roll out through June 3.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2014 5:28 PM
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WATCH: You May Never Eat Again After Seeing This Trailer for 'Fed Up'

Stephanie Soechtig's potently disturbing documentary "Fed-Up," nominated for the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, sets out to dispel myths and shatter illusions surrounding the American food machine. Watch the trailer here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 1:48 PM
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BOND/360 Takes Sundance Audience Award-Winning Doc 'Alive Inside' (VIDEO)

Innovative independent cinema marketing house BOND/360 has announced the US distribution of the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winner for US Documentary, "Alive Inside." The film hits theaters on July 18, 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 2:23 PM
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Why Drafthouse Films Is the Right Distributor for Sundance-Winning Doc 'The Overnighters'

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jesse Moss's Sundance award-winning oil doc "The Overnighters." It portrays the plight of desperate men as they chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields while a devoted pastor risks everything to help them.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 12:59 PM
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Music Box Films Buys Sundance Audience Award-Winning Doc

Music Box Films has bought all USA rights, excluding TV, to director Nadav Schirman's documentary "The Green Prince" from Submarine and Global Screen. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary section, the German/Israeli/British co-production examines one of Israel's prized intelligence sources.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2014 3:43 PM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume I

In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume I,” a bruised and battered woman, Joe (Charlote Gainsbourg), recounts her lifelong misadventures of nymphomania to a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). He continually interrupts her to point out how her sordid tales parallel that of river trout. He’s intellectualizing her sex addiction, in a wickedly humorous way, which is indeed what “Nymphomaniac” is doing, too. The film opens in theaters Friday, March 21 and is now on VOD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2014 12:54 PM
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New Directors/New Films Review: Iranian Vampire Noir 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

A strong, exciting voice that emerged from this past Sundance was Ana Lily Amirpour, who brought to the Park City festival what could very well be the first Iranian vampire film, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” The film now opens the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival, kicking off March 19 at Lincoln Center.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 12:39 PM
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SXSW Review: The Zellners Strike Wonder with 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,' Starring Rinko Kikuchi

Many delightful, haunting things happen in David and Nathan Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” which screens at SXSW 2014. One is that a duo of filmmaking brothers -- moving steadily toward the top of their game after a decade of turning out weird, unique short and feature films -- quote another duo of filmmaking brothers, who have been at the top of the their game for decades.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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SXSW Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

Last year, Lake Bell’s wonderful “In a World” stuck to the conventional tenets of a romantic comedy while featuring the feminist theme of a woman trying to make it in the sexist industry of trailer voiceovers. This year, Gillian Robespierre’s equally winning “Obvious Child,” screening as part of SXSW's Festival Favorites program, similarly sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:30 AM
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