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Sundance First Looks: Sexy Christina Hendricks in 'God's Pocket,' Kristen Stewart Gets Tough in 'Camp X-Ray'

With yesterday's announcement of the Sundance 2014 competition lineup, a slew of new images have arrived. Check out a first look of Kristen Stewart in US Dramatic competition title "Camp X-Ray," and Christina Hendricks in her "Mad Men" co-star John Slattery's directorial debut "God's Pocket," both below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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Sundance Fest Programmers Talk US & World Competition & NEXT Section Trends

Sundance has unveiled the films selected for its U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, as well as the out-of-competition NEXT section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, running January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. John Cooper and Trevor Groth discuss this year's trends and discoveries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2013 4:00 PM
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After Years in Shadow, Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' Lets Backup Singers Take Center Stage (UPDATED)

It was a big task for a little documentary to go up against the likes of "Man of Steel," "Monsters University" and "World War Z." In a way, though, it's a fitting role for Morgan Neville's film. Those big popcorn flicks can hold up a mirror to our lives, but "20 Feet from Stardom" goes deeper. By asking questions about sex, race and the American dream, it challenges us to look critically at our collective, national soul. In doing so, it's one of the most important films of the year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • November 26, 2013 4:01 PM
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Indiewire and Sundance Institute Announce Fellowship for Six Aspiring Film Critics to Cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Aspiring film critics, take note! The Sundance Institute and Indiewire are now accepting entries through October 31 for their first partnered Fellowship for Film Criticism. Six fellows will receive a grant for expenses and other support to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, running January 16-26 in Park City. Funds will come from Sundance Institute’s Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 2:32 PM
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Sundance Institute and Knight Foundation to Bring Filmmaker Workshops to Miami and Philadelphia

The Sundance Institute will bring a series of workshops for emerging screenwriters, directors and multidisciplinary artists to Miami and Philadelphia over the coming year, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 2:50 PM
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Review: Nick Ryan's Riveting Doc 'The Summit' Shows Death and Heroism on K2

Nick Ryan's riveting climbing documentary "The Summit" (October 12) reveals the unfolding mystery of how eleven climbers perished on their way down from a successful 2008 ascent to the summit of K2, the victims of bad luck, poorly executed planning, and avalanches.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2013 1:48 PM
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Sundance Fave 'Concussion' Is a Sexy, Sometimes Troubling Look at Sexuality and Self-Worth (TRAILER)

The title of Stacie Passon's new film "Concussion" is a bit of a misdirect. The eponymous baseball accident in the first five minutes of the film could well be the cause of everything that follows, but it could also be little more than an instigating incident--a fluke of life that separates what was before from what is now. It's a testament to Passon's subtle and somewhat conflicting film that it's impossible to tell just what the concussion in "Concussion" really signifies.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 16, 2013 12:24 PM
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Doc Fixer Monroe Explains Writing 'Summit,' 'Sound City,' 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'

Mark Monroe came to this year's Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit" (new trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 2:05 PM
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Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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WATCH: Exclusive Clip from Rodney Evans's Sexuality-Bender 'The Happy Sad'

After his 2004 Sundance award-winner "Brother to Brother," director Rodney Evans is back with his sophomore attempt "The Happy Sad," a film that examines modern relationships in all their complexity and contradiction.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 13, 2013 2:09 PM
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