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 Festival

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

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.

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. My flight from LAX to Salt Lake City was delayed.

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. Tags: Sundance Geoff Gilmore John Cooper Sundance Film Festival

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

Sundance: Soderbergh Unveils Girlfriend Experience

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Magnolia will release Sundance pickup Humpday on VOD BEFORE it hits theaters.) So he adopted the old-fashioned build-buzz-at-Sundance approach and unveiled on Tuesday night, as a Special Sneak, The Girlfriend Experience, a 4K digital "work-in-progress" shot with his favorite Red camera.

Sundance Watch: Humpday Scores Laughs

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It was very Sundance, in the well-intentioned sense. Tags: Sundance Humpday Lynn Shelton Mark Duplass Sundance Toe to Toe Humpday was the best of the three movies I screened today at the Eccles.

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

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: 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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. 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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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Sundance Watch: SAG Responds to Waiver Issue

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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

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

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. Tags: Sundance IFC James Toback Mike Tyson Sony Pictures Classics Variety 10 Directors to Watch

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.