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Sundance Review and Roundup: Jordan Family Drama 'May in the Summer'

Writer-director Cherien Dabis adds actress to her skill-set with Sundance opening-nighter "May in the Summer," her follow-up to her first 2009 film "Amreeka." In both films Dabis takes her singular experience as an Arab American to reveal how complicated living between cultures can be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2013 3:11 PM
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Sundance: Redford Talks 'Too Many Festivals,' LA Times on Commercialism and Competition, Plus Oversupply of Film Students

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival kicked off January 18. Below, a roundup of coverage heading into the fest, and Robert Redford's opening remarks, during which he admitted that "there are probably too many festivals."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 12:37 PM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Sebastian Silva's Drug-Fueled and Off-Kilter Slacker Comedy 'Crystal Fairy,' Starring Michael Cera

Critics are weighing in from Park City on Sebastián Silva's 'Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus and 2012,' starring Michael Cera, one of three Sundance Fest opening night offerings. The effectiveness of Cera's casting is up for debate -- some reviewers find it a refreshing shake-up from the young actor's usual "nice-guy routine," while others claim it clashes with Silva's comedic leanings. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 11:32 AM
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Academy Participates at Sundance for First Time Ever, Presents Conversation with Producer Will Packer

As part of the Academy Conversations series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Blackhouse Foundation will present a conversation with producer Will Packer ("Think Like a Man," "Takers") at Sundance on January 19. This marks the first time the Academy has participated in one of the festival's programs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 3:02 PM
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Sundance's Alfred P. Sloan Jury Members Announced, Including Darren Aronofsky and Screenwriter Scott Burns

The Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announces the members of the Sloan Jury at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Included are director Darren Aronofsky (who launched his career with "Pi" over a decade ago in Park City) and writer Scott Burns ("Side Effects," "Contagion"). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 1:25 PM
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Sundance 2013: Watch the Trailers - 'Upstream Color,' 'Lasting,' 'Wrong Cops,' 'Narco Cultura,' 'God Loves Uganda' and More UPDATED

As the Sundance Film Festival approaches (January 17-27), trailers for a variety of titles are hitting the web. We'll be adding to this post as more trailers become available. Check out several below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 1:15 PM
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Watch: Surreal Clip from Sundance Competition Title 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' Starring Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel

A clip has landed for Francesca Gregorini's Sundance competition entry "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," starring Kaya Scodelario ("Wuthering Heights," "Skins") as a young woman who begins a friendship with a neighbor, Linda (Jessica Biel), who looks uncannily like her late mother.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 12:39 PM
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Watch: Sundance Documentary 'The Summit' Looks at 'Deadliest Day in Modern Mountain Climbing History'

Check out this clip for Nick Ryan's documentary "The Summit," premiering at Sundance on January 18. The film chronicles "the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history," a still-unresolved 2008 expedition in which 18 of 24 climbers reached the summit of K2. In 48 hours time...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 12:18 PM
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Sundance 2012 Revisited: Top Ten Winners, Theatrical Numbers Down, VOD Profits Up (Charts)

As the buying frenzy for Sundance 2013 begins -- bolstered by the unexpected Oscar nominations for last year's grand jury prize-winner "Beasts of the Southern Wild" -- let's look at what happened to the rest of the 2012 acquisitions. Last year, the prices for top films fell a bit below 2011, after several high-profile acquisitions underperformed...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 17, 2013 6:00 AM
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Amy Seimetz's 'Sun Don't Shine' Gets Distribution Days Before Sundance Premieres 'Upstream Color'

Amy Seimetz' "Sun Don't Shine," which was named as Indiewire's #1 undistributed film, has finally found distribution with Factory 25. Seimetz, who wrote/directed/produced/edited the film, will also be getting attention for her starring role in Shane Carruth's hotly-anticipated "Upstream Color"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2013 3:44 PM
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