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‘Reversal’ Sells To IFC Midnight – Sundance


IFC Midnight said it is acquiring U.S. rights to Dark Factory Entertainment's Reversal. The revenge thriller is directed by JM Cravioto and stars Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson. The pic, written by Rock Shaink Jr. and Keith Kjornes, centers on a young woman who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. After discovering she may not be the only victim, she decides to turn the tables on her captor. Reversal is its first film for Daniel Posada’s Dark Factory… Read


Sundance Docu ‘Fresh Dressed’ Sells To Samuel Goldwyn & StyleHaul

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and StyleHaul have acquired North American rights to first-time filmmaker Sacha Jenkins' Fresh Dressed, the documentary about the importance of fashion in NYC hip-hop culture that premiered last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. It is a Mass Appeal production in partnership with CNN Films, and the cable news network already plans to air it later this year after a theatrical release. The companies also said there will be an exclusive transactional… Read


‘Ten Thousand Saints’ Sells To Screen Media – Sundance

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Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints has been sold to Screen Media Films at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere a week ago in the Premieres section. No deal details on this one, but the 1980s-set drama will get a late-summer 2015 theatrical release in 25 markets day-and-date with VOD. Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld and Emile Hirsch star in the pic, set in New York City… Read


Elle Fanning & Diego Luna Topline Sundance-Seeded Sci-Fi Pic ‘IO’

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EXCLUSIVE: Elle Fanning and Diego Luna have joined the cast of Clay Jeter’s sci-fi pic IO, a project that was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and Sundance Catalyst Forum. Jeter, who made the 2011 Sundance Film Festival pic Jess + Moss, wrote the script with Will Basanta and Charles Spano. The character-driven IO, slated to begin production sometime this year, tells the story of a girl's coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity's current… Read


Sundance Pic ‘Digging For Fire’ Acquired By The Orchard & Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions – Update

Digging for Fire

UPDATE, 1:17 PM: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has taken international rights to Digging For Fire. PREVIOUSLY, 12:21 PM: The Orchard said today it is acquiring North American rights to Joe Swanberg’s Digging For Fire. The film is co-written by Jake Johnson and Swanberg and stars Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The pic, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was produced by… Read


Crowd Funding Effort Aims To Restore Debut Of ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ Helmer Kelly Reichardt


Here’s an unusual use of Kickstarter: Oscilloscope Laboratories launched a campaign to digitally restore River Of Grass, the debut of indie darling Kelly Reichardt. Pic won the Best Debut Prize at Sundance in 1994, but not a lot of people have seen it and it is in rough shape. They’re trying to raise $20,000 for the effort. Oscilloscope will team with Sundance Collection at UCLA to restore it in high quality digital 2k for release on digital platforms and on DVD and… Read


George Lucas Slams Hollywood & “Circus Movies” At Sundance Panel

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"I really have no interest in science fiction at all," said Star Wars creator George Lucas today at the Sundance Film Festival. Needless to say, the almost incredulous line got a big laugh coming from the man who is credited with bringing sci-fi to the mainstream to the tune of billions in big screen profits. At the same time Thursday, Lucas was ruthless on the state of modern Hollywood."A lot of movies you see today are circus movies," the man who sold his company and… Read


George Lucas & Robert Redford Talk Indie Cinema At Sundance – Live

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The last of the Sundance Film Festival’s Power of Story panel events features a sit-down with fest founder Robert Redford and George Lucas to chat about the spirit of independence in America cinema. With just three days to go in this year’s SFF, today’s panel is the Star Wars creator’s first appearance at the annual Park City gathering in its 31 years. Check out the panel live… Read


‘Fresh Dressed’ Filmmaker Sacha Jenkins Feeling The Love At Sundance

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Journalist and first-time filmmaker Sacha Jenkins certainly is enjoying his maiden voyage at Sundance. His documentary Fresh Dressed  will be shown on CNN later this year and he says it’s “overwhelming how much love and support I’m getting.” His film, which premiered January 24, is about the importance of fashion in NYC hip-hop culture — a topic not necessarily in the CNN audience’s wheelhouse. But he thinks the cable news net buying his movie is a nod to the future… Read


Crowd-Funders Laud ‘Dear White People’ Gross But Guess What? Tchotkes Make Distribs Groan


Crowd funder Indiegogo is claiming that a film it helped birth, the Sundance award winner Dear White People, is now the top crowd funded grosser with $4.4 million, besting the $3.6 million gross by Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. At the same time, I am hearing more and more from the distributors that buy these films that they hate crowd funded fare, because when they buy a film, they inherit the fulfillment responsibilities of promises made by filmmakers to benefactors… Read


Soda Pictures Grabs Sundance Pic ‘Slow West'; Aussie ‘Suspects’ Coming To UK: Global Showbiz Briefs

Slow West

The UK's Soda Pictures has picked up Canadian rights to Slow West, the Sundance pic that premiered over the weekend. The debut feature from John Maclean stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius. This is the third British film acquired for Soda's 2015 slate in Canada, a new division of the company that is now part of the wider Thunderbird Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay… Read