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Old 01-16-04, 01:43 PM
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Sundance 2004

Sundance kicked off last night - thought I'd start a thread for the news that filters out.

Here's a link to all the film being shown there:
http://us.imdb.com/features/rto/2004/sundance/miniguide

I know most people would agree that Sundance has gone big business, but last years big winner was American Splendor, IMO a well deserved film.
Old 01-16-04, 05:53 PM
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Surfing film kicks off Sundance


Riding Giants was directed by Stacy Peralta, who attended the screening
A documentary feature about surfing has opened Robert Redford's Sundance 2004 Festival in Park City, Utah.
Redford, founder of the independent film festival, was among those at the screening of Riding Giants, from director Stacy Peralta.

"We're here because we love what we do, and it's the thrill of doing what we do that gives us such pleasure," he said.

The festival, which runs until 25 January, is showing 255 films including Redford's new thriller The Clearing.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival.

It is featuring a raft of other long-awaited films. Friends actress Courteney Cox-Arquette stars in November as a photographer who struggles to cope after her boyfriend is shot dead.

Other entries include We Don't Live Here Anymore, starring Mark Ruffalo and Laura Dern in the story of a man's affair with his best friend's wife.
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3402151.stm
Old 01-19-04, 10:11 AM
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So, I guessing by the response to this thread that everyone interested in Sundance is at the festival?

Anyway, just saw this:

Movie Studios Purchase Films at Sundance

By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer

PARK CITY, Utah - Distributors pulled out their checkbooks at the Sundance Film Festival (news - web sites), whose first weekend closed with deals on some of the event's hot movies.



Miramax and Fox Searchlight teamed to buy "Garden State," a romantic comedy that is one of 16 films in Sundance's dramatic competition.


Fox Searchlight bought a second dramatic-competition entry, the teen-geek tale "Napoleon Dynamite," while Lions Gate bought the ocean thriller "Open Water," based on a true story about married scuba divers mistakenly left behind in shark-infested waters by a careless boat crew.


Sony Pictures Classics picked up the festival's opening-night film, the surfing documentary "Riding Giants." Focus Features bought "The Motorcycle Diaries," chronicling Che Guevara's biker odyssey through South America with a friend in the early 1950s.


The Miramax and Fox Searchlight partnership is unusual, since distributors scouting film festivals generally go it alone when buying a movie. Studios often team up to minimize their risk by co-financing big-budget films, and the Miramax-Fox Searchlight deal was the indie equivalent.


20th Century Fox, the parent company of Fox Searchlight, and Miramax recently joined forces on "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."


"We had worked with Fox at the bigger studio level, so it made sense to get involved at the independent level," said Miramax spokesman Paul Pflug.


"Garden State" was written and directed by Zach Braff (news) of TV's "Scrubs." Braff also stars as a man who returns home for his mother's funeral and breaks free of a lifetime of medication-induced passivity, striking up a relationship with a quirky young woman (Natalie Portman (news)). The film co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm (news).


"Napoleon Dynamite," an early crowd-pleaser at the festival which runs through Sunday, was directed by Jared Hess and follows the trials and triumphs of a high-school dork (Jon Heder) with bushy red hair.


"Open Water" stars Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis and was written and directed by Chris Kentis.


Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films, called "Open Water" a blend of "`Blair Witch' meets `Jaws.'"


Lions Gate plans to put the movie into wide release this summer.
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any idea how much those films are being bought for? I wish I was there
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I'd like to watch The Motorcycle Diaries

so I can know the story of Che without having to read about it ;D
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while Lions Gate bought the ocean thriller "Open Water," based on a true story about married scuba divers mistakenly left behind in shark-infested waters by a careless boat crew.
^I'd like to see that.
Old 01-20-04, 01:38 AM
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Originally posted by joeydaninja
I'd like to watch The Motorcycle Diaries

so I can know the story of Che without having to read about it ;D
Don't know if you know this already, but Terence Malick is supposedly working on a Che film also.
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Originally posted by honking
any idea how much those films are being bought for? I wish I was there

I don't think they like to release those numbers - maybe because they don't want bidding wars right during the festival.

I did read today that Motorcycle Diaries went for $4M and Napoleon Dynamite went for about $3M.
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I believe The Sundance Awards are on IFC at 9 p.m eastern
on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Old 01-20-04, 09:33 PM
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Originally posted by Frank TJ Mackey
I believe The Sundance Awards are on IFC at 9 p.m eastern
on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Actually, they're on the Sundance channel.
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The Winners

Primer, a low budget (even for an indie) film seems to have been the big winner. It's sci-fi, shot in real time, about time travel experiments and supposedly presents a puzzle for the audience.

Here's a couple of links that mention all the winners:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr...ent_id=2076391
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=4200923
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In the world cinema sections, Canada stole the show.
The dramatic prize went to "Seducing Doctor Lewis," director Jean-Francois Pouliot's story of a Montreal doctor who is asked to relocate to a dreary fishing village to inadvertently save its economy. Ken Scott penned the "Doctor" screenplay, and Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal produced.
Wooooooo! This gem of a little French Canadian film had tremendous success locally. Glad to see it being recognized elsewhere. It's easily the funiest film I've seen in 2003. The original title is "La Grande Séduction". "Dramatic prize" sounds odd though as I thought it had won the public prize for best non-American film.
Old 01-26-04, 02:46 AM
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There's an audience award for best Documentary and best Drama and Seducing Doctor Lewis won for the Drama.

The winner of the doc., incidentally, was The Corporation, another Canadian film.

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