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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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WATCH: Daniel Radcliffe Is Allen Ginsberg in First Teaser for 'Kill Your Darlings'

The first trailer for John Krokidas's "Kill Your Darlings" has arrived. Praised at Sundance, where it was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, this feature directorial debut is a portrait of the early life of three seminal Beat Generation writers: Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 4, 2013 4:20 PM
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Open Road to Release 'jOBS,' Starring Ashton Kutcher, on August 16 UPDATED

Open Road will release "jOBS," starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple visionary Steve Jobs, nationwide on August 16.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 12:10 PM
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WATCH: 'Fruitvale Station' Trailer Highlights Michael B. Jordan's Performance

"Fruitvale Station," the Sundance favorite well-known for making everyone cry, has a trailer. The clips showcase Michael B. Jordan's performance at the center of the film (spoilers in that link). In this based-on-a-true-story movie, Jordan plays Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old who finds himself entangled with police and street violence on New Years Eve in 2009. Fruitvale Station is a stop in the Bay Area's subway system, the BART.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2013 1:54 PM
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Trailer Watch: Brit Marling and Ellen Page Lead All-Star Cast in Sundance Spy Thriller 'The East'

Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling team up for the second time in the espionage thriller "The East," which stars Marling, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard. The pair previously collaborated on the screenplay for Batmanglij's debut film "Sound of My Voice," in which Marling also starred as a bewitching cult leader.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 1:08 PM
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