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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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Focus Features Adds Kujawski to Sundance Acquisition Team

Universal Pictures is sending Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday, to search for film acquisitions for not only the studio but specialized film division Focus Features. The studio wants to centralize and streamline its global acquisitions efforts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2013 1:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: 2013 Sundance Selection 'Muscle Shoals' Looks at Legendary Alabama Music Town

Check out this new trailer for Greg Camalier's documentary "Muscle Shoals," set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the legendary Alabama town which, during the 1960s and '70s, boasted a handful of music studios that would forever alter the sound of soul and rock n' roll.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 2:50 PM
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Trailer Watch: Shane Carruth's Gorgeous, Enigmatic Sundance and Berlinale Entry 'Upstream Color'

A dazzling, enigmatic new trailer for Shane Carruth's Sundance entry "Upstream Color," which has also been selected for New Directors/New Films, has landed.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 2:44 PM
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New York Film Fest is Big Oscar Nom Winner; Sundance, Cannes, Toronto All Shine

The New York Film Festival - showing a more selective line-up than any other major one except Telluride - was the big winner when the Oscar nominations were announce this morning. The two films with the most nominations - "Lincoln" (12) and "The Life of Pi" (11) both world premiered at their event...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 10, 2013 1:50 PM
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French Distributor Haut et Court Picks Up 'Metro Manila' Ahead of Sundance Premiere

Haut et Court has taken the French distribution rights to Sean Ellis' thriller "Metro Manila" a couple weeks before the film's debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It centers on a destitute countryman in the Philippines who is sucked into a dangerous crime ring when he moves to the country's bustling capital, Manila.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 12:12 PM
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Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition Names Five Jury Prize Winners; Grand Prize Announced at Sundance

The five jury prize winners of the $200K Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100K will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2013 2:07 PM
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