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EXCLUSIVE: Five Chris Marker Classics and an Agnes Varda Miniseries Will Stream This Summer

Attention cinephiles: SundanceNOW Doc Club has a juicy slate of streaming titles coming up. This May, the online VOD service will present a fantastic array of films from experimental director Chris Marker. Then in June, SundanceNOW will also host the exclusive US premiere of French auteur Agnes Varda's TV miniseries "Agnes Varda From Here to There."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 4:45 PM
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12 Independent Films to Make Their Digital Debut via Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute's Artist Services program, which provides resident artists with exclusive creative opportunities, will digitally debut 12 independent films this Spring. Titles began premiering today, and will roll out through June 3.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2014 5:28 PM
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'I Am Divine' Offers Insightful Portrait of Gay Icon and John Waters' Muse, Now on DVD/VOD

"I Am Divine," the largely crowd-funded documentary directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, chronicles the life of Divine, John Waters' muse who defined a generation of proto-punk films like "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble," and famously ate dog doo-doo in front of the camera.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 11:10 AM
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What Sets Amazon's Fire TV Apart from the Streaming Set-Top Pack?

At last, Amazon has joined the set-top streaming space. At a press conference today in New York, the company unveiled its long-rumored video streaming device, Fire TV, to compete with other services like Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Until now, Amazon was mostly dependent on such devices for its streaming video service.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 12:36 PM
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Why Ten Years Later, Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece

Ten years after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" remains as powerfully mysterious as ever. With his long-awaited followup "Under the Skin" hitting theaters this Friday, it's time to dust off "Birth" for careful, critical reconsideration.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:23 PM
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In Honor of Late Czech Director Vera Chytilova, Stream Avant-Garde Classic 'Daisies'

Famed Czech surrealist director Vera Chytilova died on March 12, 2014 at age 85, but she left behind a wealth of singular films and with them, her uncompromising vision. Here's how to stream one of her most beloved films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 24, 2014 3:26 PM
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How HBO's 'Looking' Went from Boring to Brilliant

"Looking" began like most blind dates: awkwardly. It made introductions and exchanged pleasantries, but it was unsure of itself, and of us. With time, though, it eased up and leaned in close, becoming one of the best new series of the year. [SPOILERS below if you're not up to date.]
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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Stream 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' on Netflix Instant Now

Abdellatif Kechiche's rapturously beautiful Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is a gift for which we should all be grateful, and it's streaming on Netflix Instant right now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 4, 2014 2:41 PM
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Stream These: 10 Classic Best Picture Losers That Deserved Better

As we ramp up to the Academy Awards nominations unveiled this Thursday, here are ten films that lost Best Picture but deserved better. And you can stream them now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 14, 2014 3:08 PM
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Why Indie Producer Ted Hope Is Taking Over as Fandor CEO

Having run the San Francisco Film Society as executive director for a year, indie producer Ted Hope is sticking with San Francisco. And despite recent protestations to the contrary, producing a few films is still in his future. But as of January 30 his main gig is CEO of Fandor, the curated online service for independent and international films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 2:01 PM
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