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It Felt Like Love’s Eliza Hittman & Up the Yangtze’s Yung Chang Among Dozen Selected for ’15 January Screenwriters Lab

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Eliza Hittman (was love at first sight for her directorial debut It Felt Like Love) and Yung Chang (a docu-helmer best known for the award-winning portrait of modern China in Up the Yangtze) are just two of the dozen folks/projects invited to the upcoming Sundance Institute 2015 January Screenwriters Lab. The labs work as a testing ground of sorts, with Lab Director Ilyse McKimmie seeing to it that the screenwriters are mentored by filmmaking professionals. I’d wager that a good portion of these projects on paper eventually make it onto the big screen (say about 65 to 70 percent) and about 35-40 percent break into the actual Sundance Film Fest. Not unlike her debut picture, Hittman’s potential sophomore pic Beach Rats features NYC borough backdrop and via a teenage vantage point but is sure to stir the pot with tad bit more destruction. After Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight, and The Fruit Hunters,
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Sundance Picks 12 Screenwriters Lab Projects for January 2015

Sundance Picks 12 Screenwriters Lab Projects for January 2015
Drawn from the Us and around the world, participating indie screenwriters will work intensively on their feature film scripts alongside established writers in an environment geared toward "innovation and creative risk-taking," says the Sundance Institute. Led by Artistic Director Scott Frank, Creative Advisors onboard include distinguished writers and filmmakers Naomi Foner, Rodrigo Garcia, Michael Goldenberg, John Lee Hancock, Erik Jendresen, Kasi Lemmons, Walter Mosley, Marti Noxon, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Elena Soarez, Peter Straughan, Joan Tewkesbury, and Audrey Wells. The projects and fellows selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab, with official synopses, are: "Archive" (USA) Jonathan Minard (Co-writer/Director) and Scott Rashap  (Co-writer) In the wake of a virtual affair lived entirely through email and gchat, two lovers face the intangibility and distance that characterized their relationship. A...
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Sundance, Mahindra Pick Lab Projects

London — The Sundance Institute and Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate the Mahindra Group, have announced the eight projects picked for their annual screenwriters lab, now in its third year.

The projects are selected from more than 500 submissions from India and the Indian diaspora. This year’s picks are Navneet Behal’s “Experiments with Truth”, Ashvin Kumar’s “Noor”, Bornila Chatterjee’s “Nuclear Hearts”, Gaurav Madan’s “Shaktipur Crude”, Deepanjali B Sarkar’s “Svadharma”, Dylan Mohan Gray’s “The Last Day of Winter”, Sanjay Talreja “The River Murder” and Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover’s “Fly Away”.

The projects are being mentored by writers Naomi Foner (“Very Good Girls”), Michael Handelman (“Dinner for Schmucks”), James V Hart (“Epic”), Malia Scotch Marmo (“Good Morning Karachi”), Anjum Rajabali (“Satyagraha”), Elena Soarez (“Xingu”), Rose Troche (“The Safety of Objects”), Sooni Taraporevala (“The Namesake”) and multi-hyphenate Dante Harper (“The Delicate Art of the Rifle
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Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab announces 2014 selection

Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab announces 2014 selection
The Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab announced the eight fellows of the 2014 lab today.

Ashvin Kumar (Noor) Bornila Chatterjee (Nuclear Hearts) Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover (Fly Away Solo) Gaurav Madan (Shaktipur Crude) Deepanjali B Sarkar (Svadharma) Sanjay Talreja (The River Murder) Navneet Behal (Experiments with Truth), co-written with Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan Dylan Mohan Gray (The Last Day of Winter), co-written with Vikramaditya Motwane)

The selected writers will be mentored by American and Indian screenwriters such as Golden Globe winner Naomi Foner (Running on Empty, Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and Oscar nomination in the same category), Sooni Taraporevala (Salaam Bombay). Here is the complete list of mentors:-

Naomi Foner

Michael Handelman

Dante Harper

James V Hart

Anjum Rajabali

Malia Scotch Marmo

Elena Soarez

Sooni Taraporevala

Rose Troche
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Wish You Were Here, The Last Elvis: Sundance 2012 World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Joel Edgerton, Wish You Were Here World Cinema Dramatic Competition 4 Suns / Czech Republic (Director/screenwriter: Bohdan Sláma) — Immature Fogi attempts to straighten up and accept his responsibilities as a new husband and father, as well as role model to his troubled son from a previous relationship, but finds himself unable to change his nature, leaving him to watch haplessly as his family begins to crumble. Cast: Jaroslav Plesl, Ana Geislerová, Karel Roden, Klára Melíšková. World Premiere About the Pink Sky / Japan (Director/screenwriter: Keiichi Kobayashi) — A high school girl finds a wallet full of money and tracks down its owner, leading to unexpected consequences for the girl and her friends. Cast: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsubasa Takayama. International Premiere Can / Turkey (Director/screenwriter: Rasit Celikezer) — A young married couple live happily in Istanbul, but their decision to illegally procure a child threatens their future together. Cast: Selen Ucer,
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Love Story set in Kashmir to compete at Sundance 2012

“Valley of Saints”, a love story set in Kashmir is all set to compete for the top award in the World Dramatics category of Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film, directed by an American filmmaker Musa Sayeed, had earlier won Film Independent and Sloan Foundation Producer’s Grant for the same films.

“Valley of Saints” is about a Kashmiri boatman Gulzar, who plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. Sundance Film Festival announced its competition line up on November 30, 2011. Here is the complete lineup:- U.S. Dramatic Competition The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and
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Sundance Film Festival 2012: Competition Films: For Ellen, Luv

For Ellen, Luv, and the other competition films have been announced for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival is “a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States…the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.” For the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “110 feature-length films were selected, representing 31 countries and 44 first-time filmmakers, including 26 in competition. These films were selected from 4,042 feature-length film submissions composed of 2,059 U.S. and 1,983 international feature-length films. 88 films at the Festival will be world premieres.”

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19, 2011 to January 29, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The full listing of the competition films in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are below.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.
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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2012 Competition Slate

I love the Sundance Film Festival. The winners of the fest normally have long legs enough to last all the way until the Oscars. This year, for example, "Pariah" was one of the breakout hits from Sundance, and the Dee Rees coming-of-age flick is being distributed by Focus this month. Its star, Adepero Oduye, recently received the Best Female Lead nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

So now, Sundance has unveiled its in-competition slate for 2012 and the films, as always, are quite intriguing. The fest runs from Jan. 19th to the 29th in Park City, Utah. Check out the full list below:

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) . Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin. under,
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Announced

Park City, Ut – Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, “We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In these challenging economic times, filmmakers have had to be more resourceful and truly independent in their approaches to filmmaking.
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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The Festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system to a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors, paparazzi, and luxury lounges set up by companies that are not affiliated with Sundance.

Now the festival is getting ready for the 2012 edition and today they announced the films competing in all categories.

Here is the Sundance press release.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under,
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Sundance 2012 unveils partial programming slate

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The 2012 Sundance Film Festival unveiled the first wave of programming for its upcoming event, scheduled for Jan. 19-29, 2012. Multiple titles have been handpicked for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions. Additional programming announcements will come over the following week.

“We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that,” said Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute.

Information on the full slate of announced titles follows, directly from the Sundance press release. For more details, visit www.sundance.org/festival.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.
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Sundance announces 2012 competition films

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Sundance announces 2012 competition films
Grab your ski jackets and swag bags and start warming up your eyeballs: the Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us. 2012's Sundance runs from January 19 to 29 in Park City, Utah, and today the fest announced their first wave of programming, 58 titles in the Us and World Dramatic and Documentary Competitions.

The slate so far includes plenty of familiar faces. Sundancers in 2012 will get the first crack at new movies from Antonio Campos ("Afterschool"), Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"), Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"), and Mark Webber ("Explicit Ills"). I'm also intrigued by "Nobody Walks" from "You Won't Miss Me" director Ry Russo-Young and "Tiny Furniture" director Lena Dunham (Russo-Young directed, the two co-wrote the screenplay) and a cast that includes John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed" about "a trio of magazine employees investigating a
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Sundance 2012 World Cinema Dramatic Comp Includes Dupieux, Slama, Makridis and Kieran Darcy-Smith

Of all the fourteen films/filmmakers mentioned we see Quentin Dupieux return to screen fairly quick after his debut film Rubber, we have Blue Tongue Films team member (Animal Kingdom, Hesher and tons of awesome short films) Kieran Darcy-Smith who gets behind the camera for Wish You Were Here with (see pic) Joel Edgerton topling. We have Dogtooth writer contributing to helmer Babis Makridis' debut film "L" and finally Czech director Bohdan Sláma (The Country Teacher (2009) and Something Like Happiness (2005)) coming to the festival with 4 Suns. Here's the complete selected items for this often overlooked World Dramatic Comp section. 4 Suns / Czech Republic (Director and screenwriter: Bohdan Sláma) — Immature Fogi attempts to straighten up and accept his responsibilities as a new husband and father, as well as role model to his troubled son from a previous relationship, but finds himself unable to change his nature, leaving him to watch haplessly
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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

Snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, movies are getting better. Some might say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas but I say it's beginning to look a lot like Sundance. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced its first batch of films Wednesday, all of which are in competition. Meaning these are the films eligible for awards. It also means that, as of right now, these are the films you probably haven't heard of. But, at this time last year [1], the competition films included a ton that you've surely now heard of such as Another Earth, Circumstance, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, The Guard, Tyrannosaur and Take Shelter. Those were just the narratives. In last year's documentary competition, films like Beats, Rhymes and Life, Being Elmo, How to Die in Oregon, Page One, Knuckle, Project Nim and Senna all played. Basically, while you probably haven't heard of these movies yet,
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces In-Competition Films (The Full List)

Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.

Aging hipsters, Argentinian Elvis impersonators and the dissident Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei are just some of the subjects that will be featured during the Sundance Film Festival this coming January.

The Sundance Institute announced its in-competition film selections for the 2012 fest Wednesday afternoon, debuting a typically eclectic mix of narrative and documentary projects from both veteran filmmakers and festival newcomers. (The full list is below.) In total,
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Sundance Film Festival 2012 Competition Line-up Announced

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It seems like we are only just diving into the awards season, but the 2012 film year is right around the corner. There is no better place to get a tast of what is to come than Park City Utah in late January. We’ll be attending the fest again (read last year’s round-up) and today we have the first competition titles. This is the same group from last year which titles include Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy, Another Earth, Pariah, Being Elmo, Take Shelter and many more. Are there more great films to be found this year? I have no doubt the line-up below will include break-out titles, so lets get to it.

At first glance, the most notable film is Antonio CamposSimon Killer, who last directed Afterschool and is in the Martha Marcy trio. It is easily my most-anticipated from this group, along with Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber follow-up Wrong.
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Competition Titles Announced

The Sundance Institute revealed their Us and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition titles today for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The question, of course, is which films will break out this year after the 2011 Sundance Film Festival brought titles such as ,i>Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, Like Crazy and Take Shelter to the forefront. I have never attended the Sundance Film Festival, primarily because I have never heard good things about the experience, plus it means I can save my money for my trip to Cannes where I have typically seen the some of the best films Sundance had to offer including Blue Valentine two years ago and Martha Marcy May Marlene this year. Which means it serves as a good way for me to find films to make sure I add to my Cannes 2012 must see list... can you figure out which ones they may be? When it
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‘The House of Sand’: Time through your fingers

The House of Sand

Directed by: Andrucha Waddington

Written by: Elena Soarez

Starring: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres

Genre: Drama

Year: 2005

There are not many films today, even within art cinema, where a sense of place takes precedent over the mechanics of plot. In The House of Sand, the shimmering white sands of Maranhão, along Brazil’s Northern coast, are as much of a character as the mother and daughter who reluctantly make them their home.

In 1910, pregnant Áurea, with her husband Vasco leading the way and her mother Dona Maria in toe, arrives in a makeshift town among the dunes to start a new life. Soon, Vasco is killed in a freak accident, leaving the two women to fend for their selves. Miles from civilization, the elements and Áurea’s impending birth strand the two women indefinitely. While Áurea longs to leave the wretched land, her mother is content to stay,
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Summer Sundance Labs 2010: Sean Durkin, Ondi Timoner, Myna Joseph, Ry Russo-Young and Lena Dunham Heading to Directors and Screenwriters Labs

Today's Sundance Institute announcement on the make-up of this Summer's Directors and Screenwriters Labs offers some insight on the projects we should be seeing in future editions of the festival but also updates us on the progression of some projects we've already got our eyes on -- as is the case with Sean Durkin's upcoming first feature film and Ondi Timoner's (see pic) fictional debut. - Today's Sundance Institute announcement on the make-up of this Summer's Directors and Screenwriters Labs offers some insight on the projects we should be seeing in future editions of the festival but also updates us on the progression of some projects we've already got our eyes on -- as is the case with Sean Durkin's upcoming first feature film and Ondi Timoner's (see pic) fictional debut. Almost all projects that were are included in the Director's Lab were a part of the Screenwriter's
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Summer Sundance Labs 2010: Sean Durkin, Ondi Timoner, Myna Joseph, Ry Russo-Young and Lena Dunham Heading to Directors and Screenwriters Labs

Today's Sundance Institute announcement on the make-up of this Summer's Directors and Screenwriters Labs offers some insight on the projects we should be seeing in future editions of the festival but also updates us on the progression of some projects we've already got our eyes on -- as is the case with Sean Durkin's upcoming first feature film and Ondi Timoner's (see pic) fictional debut. Almost all projects that were are included in the Director's Lab were a part of the Screenwriter's January Lab earlier this year, so among the newly mentioned projects in the screenwriting portion of the camp we find indie filmmaker starlets Ry Russo-Young (You Wont Miss Me) and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture - freshly picked up by IFC) are co-writing a project called Nobody Walks with Russo-Young directing the project. Here's the complete press release below -- look for Ioncinema.com to keep tabs on several of these projects.
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