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Steve James Promises Surprises in Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself,' Set to Premiere (and Livestream) at Sundance 2014 (EXCLUSIVE)

The critic Roger Ebert was a fixture at Sundance, such a fixture that the towing of Ebert’s car on once-sleepy Main Street in Park City years back was bellweather evidence that Sundance was outgrowing its ski town origins. Now, nine months after Ebert’s death from cancer in April, "Life Itself," the new bio-doc directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") will debut in Sundance’s Documentary Premieres section. TOH! talked to Steve James about putting Ebert on the screen.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • December 11, 2013 1:48 PM
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Sundance Watch: First Trailer for John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary,' Starring Brendan Gleeson

The first trailer for John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" has arrived, reuniting the director with his "The Guard" star Brendan Gleeson. The film, a dark comedy about a priest having some congregation problems, is set to premiere at Sundance. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2013 12:07 PM
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Sundance 2014 Unveils Shorts Program Lineup

Sundance has revealed its final 2014 programming announcement, for the short films lineup selected to screen at the upcoming edition of the fest, running January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2013 4:00 PM
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Sundance 2014: Buzzy Premieres Lean Toward Comedy, Documentary All-Stars Unveiled, Redford Books Failure Workshop

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the films selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. This is where the better-known directors and stars show up for red carpet walks in front of the Eccles Theater, and where much of the acquisition heat will be focused.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 9, 2013 4:00 PM
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Preview: Seven Documentary Tropes at Sundance 2014

The docs are announced for Sundance 2014. In a world where newspapers vanish by the day, the subjects that they take on bear watching.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • December 6, 2013 1:22 PM
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Sundance 2014 Unveils Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier and Sundance Kids Lineups

Sundance has unveiled the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The fest takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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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)

"20 Feet From Stardom"
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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