Top Film Deal Lawyer Jumps Firms on Eve of Sundance (Exclusive)

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Daniel Miller Andrew Hurwitz joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on Tuesday, just days before the Sundance Film Festival begins. The Business Home Sundance 2012 Sundance Film Festivalread more. THR, Esq.

Promotion Of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Leads To Defamation Showdown

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Eriq Gardner A real estate mogul building the country's largest home is suing a documentary filmmaker and the Sundance festival organizer for putting out marketing literature that stated he went from "rags to riches to rags." Movies Movies Business Sundance Film Festival

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Q&A: Sundance power lawyer John Sloss

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Fernandez From corporate lawyer to top film-sales agent, Cinetic Media's John Sloss has brokered deals for such indie gems as "Napoleon Dynamite," "Super Size Me," "Little Miss Sunshine" and last year's Sundance breakout "Precious." By Jay A. But even he's.

Sundance's Brecher Resigns

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It's the dawn of a new era at the Sundance Institute. With Brecher gone, Sundance and the Fest have the chance to start fresh, with Gilmore's long-time lieutenant John Cooper at the festival helm. The Sundance press release is on the jump. LOS ANGELES, CA -- Wally Weisman, Chair of the Board of the Sundance Institute, today announced the resignation of Ken Brecher, Executive Director of the Institute, effective April 30, 2009.

Sundance 2010: The movie no lawyer should see

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We're betting it looks something like "Logorama," the Oscar-shortlisted animated short we saw Thursday on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. By Matthew Belloni Imagine a film clearance lawyer's absolute worst nightmare. French Filmmakers Francois Alaux, Herve de Crecy.

Sundance Fest: Cooper Takes Director Reins

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As expected, long-time Sundance vet John Cooper is picking up the reins of the Sundance Film festival as director in the wake of Geoff Gilmore's defection to Tribeca Enterprises. He is more than ready to take over and Robert Redford and Sundance would have been remiss if they had gone any other way. Tags: Sundance Geoff Gilmore John Cooper Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Hot Titles

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Here's the Variety special Sundance section with list of Hot Titles. The NYT is running a Sundance page. And check out the revamped IndieWire , which is running a constant feed of Sundance stories along with its own reporting. Tags: Animation Critics Sundance An Education Big Fan Burma VJ Carey Mulligan Mary and Max Patton Oswalt Sundance Film Fest The Greatest We Live in Public My flight from LAX to Salt Lake City was delayed.

Sundance: Buzz Central

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Tags: Sundance An Education buzz Carey Mulligan Don't Let Me Drown Humpday Lone Scherfig Mark Duplass Shana Feste Sundance The Greatest

Sundance Watch: Arthouse Acquires Art & Copy

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At the close of Sundance, Arthouse Films grabbed worldwide rights to Surfwise director Doug Pray's ad world doc Art & Copy, which debuted in the fest's doc competition. Tags: Sundance Art & Copy Arthouse Films Sundance The Bagger did a story about why this was an unlikely sale. And EW's Owen Gleiberman covers the film in a mid-fest round-up. Arthouse plans a theatrical and DVD release this year. Arthouse's David Koh worked with Pray on his DJ doc Scratch.

Sundance Awards: Push Wins Three (show in progress)

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Indiewire--in case you are desperately wanting to know the outcome of the Sundance Film Festival winners--is posting updates on the show in progress. Tags: Sundance INdiewire Push Sundance

Sundance: Digital Moguls Hawk MySpace and IMDb

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While the Sundance media reports on the beleaguered independent theatrical market, which may never return to its former robust self--even with diminished production over the next few years--various Internet moguls are in Sundance networking and hawking their movie-centric wares. Here's its Road to Sundance Page.

Sundance Update: Spread and Moon Acquired

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With most Sundance buyers back home, deals are continuing to close. Tags: Ashton Kutcher Sundance Anchor Bay Ashton Kutcher Moon Sony Pictures Classics Spread Sundance

Sundance Watch: Fox Searchlight Buys Adam

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Late Monday night, word hit the Cinetic party at Zoom that soon after Adam's Sundance debut, Fox Searchlight had acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Max Mayer's romance Adam, starring Brits Rose Byrne (Damages) and Hugh Dancy (Savage Grace), who plays a man with Asberger Syndrome in love with his New York neighbor. Tags: Sundance Adam Fox Searchlight Hugh Dancy Rose Byrne Sundance

Sundance Video: Mark Duplass Talks Humpday

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Mark Duplass is revealed in Sundance hit Humpday (which should land one of four possible buyers at any minute) as more than the digital writer-director with his brother Jay of Puffy Chair and Baghead but a gifted improvisational actor. Tags: Sundance Baghead Humpday Jeff Lipsky Josh Leonard Mark Duplass Sundance

Sundance Watch: John Anderson Pounds Jeff Dowd

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Opinions fly at the Sundance Film Fest but so did fists Wednesday morning when critic John Anderson, who was covering the 8:30 screening of the agit-prop political doc DIRT for Variety at the Holiday CInemas, told producer's rep Jeff "The Dude" Dowd that the movie "was poor, too simplistic, too redundant," says Dowd, who accompanied him over to the nearby Yarrow. Critics at Sundance are overwhelmed, they don't get much sleep.

Film Fest Musical Chairs: Tribeca, Sundance, LAFF

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And word is Scarlet was getting antsy with Robert DeNiro and partner Jane Rosenthal's push for a smaller, event-oriented festival with less room for esoterica even before he learned that Geoff Gilmore, after 19 years running the higher-profile Sundance Film Festival, was coming in to supervise him. Meanwhile, Gilmore's post at Sundance will need to be filled. It's no shock that after six seasons of programming the Tribeca Film Fest, Peter Scarlet is moving on.

Sundance Watch: In the Loop Sells to IFC

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In its second buy of the Sundance Fest, IFC is acquiring U.S. Tags: Sundance IFC In the Loop James Gandolfini Sundance rights to Armando Iannucci's comedy In the Loop. The distrib also bought the Nazi horror pic Dead Snow. William Morris was expected to close the deal today. I had heard that In the Loop was really smart, and that James Gandolfini rocks it. I'm seeing it tonight. In a few minutes.

Sundance Watch: SAG Responds to Waiver Issue

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Gilmore Defects from Sundance to Tribeca

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Truth is, Geoff Gilmore has been looking to move on from running the Sundance Film Festival for some time. The good news with Gilmore's defection from director of the Sundance Fest to Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, which mounts the Tribeca Film Festival: he's still inside his wheelhouse. I think this is a great move for Geoff," said Fox Searchlight's Tony Safford, who preceded Gilmore as Sundance director.

Sundance Watch: Trouble the Water Heroine Makes Music

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Shortlisted for the documentary Oscar, Trouble the Water was one of last year's Sundance breakouts. Here's the movie's trailer: Tags: Awards Season Documentaries Oscars Sundance documentary HBO Katrina Kim Rivers Oscars Sundance Trouble the Water It was a good year all around for its scrappy real-life heroine, Kim Rivers, who surprised herself and many people around her as she videotaped Hurricane Katrina and helped to save lives.

Sony Pictures Classics Adds Two Pics to Sundance Slate

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired two movies in advance of the Sundance fest--James Toback's well-received Cannes doc Tyson, and the Mexican director troica Cha Cha Cha's first outing,Rudo y Cursi,a soccer flick reuniting Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, directed by Carlos Cuaron. SPC was already planning a Sundance press launch for the guitar doc It Might Get Loud, directed by Davis Guggenheim, which debuted at Toronto.

Sundance Watch: Are SAG Waiver Films An Issue?

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Heading into the worst seller's market in years at the Sundance Film Fest, at least one AMPTP studio specialty arm, Fox Searchlight, may not be allowed by its parent company to acquire films shot under a SAG waiver while the Guild lacked a contract for the past seven months. Sundance hot title I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as prison lovers, was completed under the old SAG agreement, but hot sale title Brooklyn’s Finest was not.

'Shouting Fire' in a crowded Sundance theater

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By Matthew Belloni We just returned from an action-packed trip to Sundance. Well, as action-packed as a weekend can get when you're sitting through 3-4 movies a day. Between the all-night acquisition negotiations and the clients to be supported (and.

Chuch Sues to Block Sundance Hit ‘Salvation Boulevard’

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Eriq Gardner Tennessee-based mega-church sues IFC/Sony over new religious satire for allegedly showing its copyrighted cross design. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Sundance's First Major Sale: Senator Buys Brooklyn's Finest

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: SUNDANCE FILM "PUSH" SPARKS MULTIPLE LAWSUITS OVER FILM RIGHTS

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BATTLE OVER THIS YEAR'S SUNDANCE FESTIVAL PHENOM REVIVES AGE OLD QUESTION: WHEN IS A DEAL CONSIDERED A DEAL? Push" was the undisputed darling of the Sundance Film Festival last month. THE EVENTFUL DAYS FOLLOWING SUNDANCE All of the events giving rise to TWC's lawsuits in New York and Lionsgate's lawsuit in Los Angeles happened in the few days following the end of the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks 500 Days of Summer

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Here's my interview with Gordon-Levitt outside the Sundance at the Lift premiere party: Tags: Sundance 500 Days of Summer Fox Searchlight Joseph Gordon-Levitt Zooey Deschanel Along with an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd at the Eccles, I enjoyed Fox Searchlight's anti-rom-com 500 Days of Summer , directed by music video veteran Marc Webb, who lucked out by casting two rising stars with great chemistry, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Sundance Update: Tyson, Directors, IFC Day-and-Date

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There's so much going on that the Sundance Variety team splits things up. Variety changed the format and venue for its annual 10 Directors to Watch party, moving to a panel, moderated this year by Sundance vet Mark Waters, followed by a party at The Shop that was so jampacked that it was shut down by Park City fire marshalls. Tags: Sundance IFC James Toback Mike Tyson Sony Pictures Classics Variety 10 Directors to Watch

Robert Redford's Sundance Partners Sued for Breach of Contract

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Hype Creative Agency says it lost its party space after using a small image of Redford in promotional materials. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business

Church Sues to Block Sundance Hit ‘Salvation Boulevard’

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Eriq Gardner Tennessee-based mega-church sues IFC/Sony over new religious satire for allegedly showing its copyrighted cross design. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Sundance 2012: Key Flaw Exposed in Lawsuit Targeting Opening Night Documentary

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Matthew Belloni The subject of 'The Queen of Versailles' sued claiming the film isn't a 'rags-to-riches-to-rags' story. But he says pretty much those exact words in the film. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS

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January 17, 2005 In this newsletter: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS Congratulations to our clients whose films have been selected for the upcoming 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Please check with the box office or the Sundance website at festival.sundance.org/2005/ for any updates. Screening times are listed, however times and locations are subject to change.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS

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January 17, 2005 In this newsletter: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS Congratulations to our clients whose films have been selected for the upcoming 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Please check with the box office or the Sundance website at festival.sundance.org/2005/ for any updates. Screening times are listed, however times and locations are subject to change.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE FILMMAKERS

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Congratulations to Producer Ben Odell whose film “Padre Nuestro," a Spanish-language immigrant drama set in New York City was awarded the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For a review go to: [link] Writer/Director Cecilia Miniucchi and Executive Producer Antoni Stutz “Expired” premiered to a packed house and great reviews: Critic Dave Poland says: “Just saw what might well be this Sundance's You, Me & Everyone We Know.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE FILMMAKERS

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Congratulations to Producer Ben Odell whose film “Padre Nuestro," a Spanish-language immigrant drama set in New York City was awarded the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For a review go to: [link] Writer/Director Cecilia Miniucchi and Executive Producer Antoni Stutz “Expired” premiered to a packed house and great reviews: Critic Dave Poland says: “Just saw what might well be this Sundance's You, Me & Everyone We Know.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE FILMMAKERS

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The line up for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival has been announced and we are pleased that seven of our clients have had their films selected: Writer/Director Craig Brewer whose film “Hustle & Flow” was a big hit at Sundance two years ago, returns with “Black Snake Moan” starring Samuel Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE FILMMAKERS

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The line up for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival has been announced and we are pleased that seven of our clients have had their films selected: Writer/Director Craig Brewer whose film “Hustle & Flow” was a big hit at Sundance two years ago, returns with “Black Snake Moan” starring Samuel Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci.

Sundance: Brooklyn's Finest is Noble Failure

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It's Snipes' second Sundance, he says; he came in 2007 to support Mike Figgis's One Night Stand. Brooklyn's Finest is a noble failure, one of those damn-the-torpedo passion projects that flounders on its own ambition. Ex-Warners exec Basil Iwanyk developed the script by Michael C. Martin and brought in director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), but when Warner Bros. passed, the filmmakers raised financing through Avi Lerner's Millenium Films.

DeNadie Wins Sundance Audience Award

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Congratulations to our client, Tin Dirdamal, whose film DeNadie won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance. Sundance programmer Joseph Beyer has said: “First-time filmmaker Tin Dirdamal displays moving photographic grace and sophisticated understanding of his subjects as he follows their search for the sustenance their native countries can't provide.

DeNadie Wins Sundance Audience Award

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Congratulations to our client, Tin Dirdamal, whose film DeNadie won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance. Sundance programmer Joseph Beyer has said: “First-time filmmaker Tin Dirdamal displays moving photographic grace and sophisticated understanding of his subjects as he follows their search for the sustenance their native countries can't provide.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS

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December 1, 2004 In this newsletter: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS Congratulations to our clients whose films have been selected for the upcoming 2005 Sundance Film Festival: Director and Writer Craig Brewer, “Hustle & Flow” (Dramatic Competition) The film stars Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, and Taryn Manning. The Sundance Film Festival will be held January 20-30, 2005 in Park City, UT.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS

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December 1, 2004 In this newsletter: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SUNDANCE ENTRANTS Congratulations to our clients whose films have been selected for the upcoming 2005 Sundance Film Festival: Director and Writer Craig Brewer, “Hustle & Flow” (Dramatic Competition) The film stars Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, and Taryn Manning. The Sundance Film Festival will be held January 20-30, 2005 in Park City, UT.

“Terms and Conditions May Apply”–@tacma_doc by @cullenhoback Startles Sundance with the Gang of Four Attack on Privacy

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The chickens are finally coming home to roost–the penetrating documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply” shows how the Gang of Four (especially Facebook and NSA contractor Google) are commoditizing our privacy. According to CNET : Google declined to be interviewed for Hoback’s documentary, the trailer for which can be found here. CNET contacted the company for comment and will update this post when we hear back [you mean if you hear back].).