January 2011 - Posts

OWN Buys Another Sundance Title for the Doc Club

Oprah Winfrey Network has added another member to its Documentary Film Club with Yoav Potash's "Crime After Crime," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Here's the trailer: The full release follows. ____________________________________ Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is acquiring Yoav Potash’s inspiring documentary “Crime After Crime,” it was announced today by Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. The acquisition comes on ...
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Five Short Films Take Tiger Awards in Rotterdam

Five short films in the International Film Festival Rotterdam received Tiger Awards. The countries represented are Belgium, the U.S., India, Italy and the U.K. The full release follows. __________________________________________ Monday January 31, Nicolas Provost’s Stardust (Belgium), Nathaniel Dorsky’s Pastourelle (USA) and Natasha Mendonca’s Jan Villa (USA/India) were awarded the three equal Rotterdam Tiger Awards for Short Films 2011. Alberto De Michele’s I Lupi (The Wolves, Italy) took the Rotterdam Short ...
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Sundance Wrap | A Good Year and a Commercial One

This was considered a good year for the Sundance Film Festival, both artistically and commercially. Program aspects that received a positive response also found distribution, and hopefully will continue to make headlines when they hit theaters. If Sundance provides a window into the near future, this year will provide much to see. The top-rated films in criticWIRE's poll of 20 critics on the ground at the festival included the buzz ...
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The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Digital Cinderella Story

The discovery of the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival may have taken place before the first screening. It's the Lego-animated musicvideo “Megaphone,” which SBFF director Roger Durling adopted as the event's trailer for the year and illustrates the frustration of standing in line and discovering you won’t be able to get into a festival movie. The song was written by Santa Barbara local Parry Gripp, a musician and online superstar ...
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Sundance 2011 | Rounding Up iW's Coverage, Neatly Packaged

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival may be, as described by one person we overheard, the event that brought independent film "out of the recession." Even before the festival began, indieWIRE was reporting on deals and acquisitions that continued through the entire 10-day event. One night during the week, indieWIRE abruptly exited a party and rushed to get online on the floor of a venue hallway to post a pickup; even ...
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"Take Shelter" and "Project Nim" Top indieWIRE Sundance Poll

Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" and James Marsh's "Project Nim" were selected as the best narrative and documentary films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted over the weekend by indieWIRE. The choices were in considerable contrast to the awards themselves, which saw "Like Crazy" and "How To Die In Oregon" take the top jury prizes in U.S. competition. Though both of those ...
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Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Education Initiatives, Includes Two New Programs

The education arm of the Tribeca Film Institute has announced its 2011 slate of media education programs. Plans for the new year includes two new initiatives: one that will place Tribeca Film Institute Teaching Artists in 100 NYC public school classrooms and another that will establish a bilingual after-school film program at a school in Manhattan's Chinatown. The programs join TFI's after-school programs in the Bronx and Brooklyn; the Tribeca ...
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Film Comment Selects Arrives with 16 Undistributed Features for U.S. Audiences

The 11th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Film Comment Selects series will screen 16 films currently without U.S. distribution. The annual showcase of rare and hard-to-find films selected by Film Comment editors will open with screenings of Jia Zhangke's "I Wish I Knew" and Islid Le Besco's "Bas-fonds," and closes with John Landis' "Burke and Hare" and James Wan's "Insidious." The main program will be made up ...
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SUNDANCE FUTURES | "Terri" Actor Jacob Wysocki

With Azazel Jacob's "Terri," newcomer Jacob Wysocki has made his entrance. In every single scene of the film, critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival were clearly won over by Wysocki's portrayal of the titular character, an overweight teenager who struggles at home (his primary caregiver is a pill-popping uncle) and at school (kids taunt him with names like "double d"). But Terri's life takes a turn when his ...
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Rialto Pictures Takes Scorsese's "Public Speaking" to the Big Screen

Martin Scorsese's profile of writer Fran Lebowtiz, "Public Speaking," will receive a small theatrical release thanks to the distributor Rialto Pictures. The film, which premiered last year on HBO, will begin its theatrical run February 23 at New York's Film Forum and will roll out to other cities thereafter. The Gotham Award-nominated film tells Lebowitz's story through her own words, with scenes shot in the streets of New York and ...
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Sundance Review | Fighting Gang Violence in Steve James's "The Interrupters"

Steve James's "The Interrupters" runs long, but earns its heft. More than a decade after "Hoop Dreams," the director returns to Chicago's lower-class strife with a broader canvas. In this frequently alarming project, he trains his camera on the efforts of CeaseFire, an organization predominantly comprised of former Chicago criminals devoted to combating African-American street violence. In his sprawling collage of arguments and interventions, James both documents the local frustrations ...
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Sundance's "Crazy" Awards Party

Sundance Director of Programming Trevor Groth hung out with "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus following the Awards Ceremony Saturday night near Park City. "Like Crazy" had a terrific time at Sundance, getting picked up by Paramount and then winning the Jury Prize for best narrative film in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. With the closure of one of the festival's main venues, the Racquet Club because of construction, Sundance moved the ...
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Coop's Snowflake

Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper donned a snowflake and some sexy legs at the Awards Ceremony Sunday night. Despite the fact that there are a number of prizes to hand out at the event, the show moves along pretty well and it was done and onto the party in an hour-and-a-half.
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Critics Notebook | At Slamdance, "Superheroes" and "Silver Tongues" Impress

"The more the merrier," Robert Redford told a roomful of journalists at the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival this year. He was responding to a question about the Slamdance Film Festival, as he often must. Started in 1997 in response to Sundance's ultra-competitive submission pile, Slamdance initially served as an angry rebuke to the larger festival, but now it appears to pick up some of its slack. The recently ...
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Screen Actors Guild Awards Being Announced (In Progress)

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (or SAGs) are being handed out tonight in Los Angeles. indieWIRE will have the winners here as they are announced. The complete list of announced winners: Film Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture TBA Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role TBA Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role TBA Outstanding Performance by a ...
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