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Sundance Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' Starring Shailene Woodley, an Impressive if Flawed Suburban Tragedy

Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 12:31 PM
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Meet the Man Behind the Sundance Film Festival's Valued Partner, the Sloan Foundation

This is the 12th year that the Sloan Foundation has partnered with Sundance, and will again be giving out its coveted Sloan Award (and the $20,000 that goes with it) to the film that best represents science, or makes technological concepts accessible to mainstream audiences. The man behind it all is Doron Weber, who started the Sloan film program.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:57 PM
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Sundance Review: Steve James' Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself'

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I have just now been able to view a downstream of Life Itself – Steve James’ extraordinary documentary about the late, great Roger Ebert – at the same time the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • January 20, 2014 2:46 PM
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Sundance Expands Gender Parity Initiative, Documentaries are Friendlier to Women

Two women who are fighting mad about continuing gender disparity in the entertainment industry are Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Cathy Schulman, President of Women In Film. On Monday at the Sundance Film Festival they revealed an expanded initiative to achieve gender parity and sustainable entertainment careers for women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:37 PM
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Sundance: Focus Features Nabs Zach Braff's Kickstarted 'Wish I Was Here'

Focus Features has scooped up North American and international rights to Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which premiered January 18 at Sundance. The film is his follow-up to "Garden State," which he controversially Kickstarted, crowd-funding more than $3 million for the project.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2014 12:06 PM
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Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg Keeps Maturing with Strong Family Comedy 'Happy Christmas'

As Joe Swanberg matures as a filmmaker, he's beginning to look at what happens to the Mumblecore generation once they get older: They're not yet middle-aged, but they're also no longer comfortably in the aimless twentysomething sweet spot that once defined the genre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2014 11:24 AM
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Sundance WATCH: First Clip from 'The One I Love,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

Check out this first clip from Charlie McDowell's Sundance premiere entry "The One I Love," starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a married couple on the brink of separation who, urged by their therapist, head to a vacation house for a weekend getaway. In the scene below, the two discuss a fight from the previous night -- and they can't exactly agree to disagree. Bizarreness sets in.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 19, 2014 11:34 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' a Coming-Out Tale of Deadpan Comedy and Melancholy

In a scene halfway through Desiree Akhavan’s NEXT entry “Appropriate Behavior,” Shirin (played by Akhavan) finds herself nudged out of a threesome. As she watches her menage-a-trois partners get along without her, it becomes clear that Shirin is a young woman who hasn’t yet found a place to fit in, both in the sexual escapade unfolding before her, and in life.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 10:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscars & Sundance Collide, 'Whiplash,' Lessons from the Awards Circuit & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 18, 2014 9:20 PM
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Miles Teller Talks Getting Bloody in Sundance Hit 'Whiplash,' Turning Nasty in 'Divergent' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." I figured he had a career when I saw him opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." I knew he was star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 8:25 PM
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