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The Spirit Awards Meets The Academy Awards

23 February 2009 6:10 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Everyone has already listed the Spirit Award and Academy Award winners so I can forego that pleasure here. More importantly, what does all this say about independent film?

What we have all known since sex, lies and videotape is that for fresh and original vision, one must tap into the independent film world.

What does it say about the international reality of film? East has met West and the world of art is -- to paraphrase one of the female winners of the Academy Awards (was it Kate Winslet?) -- One world which we must protect and nourish. And as for India, the way to the Land of Spices, which Columbus was seeking, has finally been reached and integration has been achieved. And that a major studio, itself founded by an immigrant Hungarian Jew, managed to create the Synthesis between indie and studio, East and West, in this time of great change: That major studio's specialty arm, the only one except for long standing Sony Pictures Classics, that has withstood the winds of change, Fox Searchlight, has reached its apex winning its first EIGHT Academy Awards just as Peter Chernin, 20 years the president and chief operating officer of News Corp. has resigned: That is what has transpired in the past three days of awards and today the first post-award day.

Finita la Comedia. Y ahora? Ahora si! Ya empieza la Dramadia del Distribucion! Vamos a ver, amigos, vamos a ver. »

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No breakout, plenty of originality at Sundance

22 January 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Park City -- Celebrating its somewhat artificially created 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival began each screening this year with a series of interviews with Robert Redford, Sundance organizers and famous alums that have been fun to watch.

One thing you notice is that many interviewees tend to remember a particular year in terms of its breakout film. So 1989 was the year of "sex, lies, and videotape," 1995 was "The Brothers McMullen" and, while no one said it, I remember 2003 for "American Splendor."

Unless something extraordinary happens in the final two days, no one is going to associate a single title with 2009.

What festgoers encountered this year along with unusually mild weather were, in my opinion, an encouragingly large number of films that were solid entertainments and introduced talented filmmakers whose works -- like those of Steven Soderbergh -- should continue to delight and provoke for years to come. »

- By Kirk Honeycutt

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