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Robert Redford Sues New York State Over $1.6M In Taxes From Sundance Channel Sale

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The Oscar winner says the Empire State has it all wrong when it comes to the sale of part of the Sundance Channel in 2005 and his taxes. In a July 30 filing, Robert Redford is going after the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance claiming that he doesn't owe the state $1,568,470. Or to put it in legalism terms, the Sundance Film Festival founder wants “a declaratory ruling on a pure question of law concerning the constitutionality of imposing on plaintiff, a… Read


Hot Trailer: ‘Laggies’ with Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell

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The trailer for 'Laggies' has dropped, sloooowwwwly, of course. The Sundance selection from A24 stars Keira Knightley as a overeducated, underachieving woman lagging well behind her demographic cohort in life as she dodges responsibility and grown-up things like serious jobs and a marriage proposal. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the high schooler she befriends, then hides out with while dodging said marriage proposal, and Sam Rockwell plays Moretz's initially bemused and then… Read


Kino Lorber Takes Iranian Vampire Western ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’

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Ana Lily Amirpour made an auspicious debut at Sundance with her A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and now Kino Lorber has snagged North American rights to the first-time helmer's genre mash-up. Described as the world's first Iranian vampire Western, the black and white horror/spaghetti Western is set in an Iranian ghost town where the denizens are unaware they're being stalked by a lonesome bloodsucker. Amirpour wrote, directed, and produced the film which landed a spot in… Read


Sundance Institute Selects 2014 Directors & Screenwriters Fellows

The Sundance Film Festival is long over this year but the moviemaking at the Sundance Institute is just getting into full swing this summer. Today the Institute announced the 13 diverse projects that will participate in its annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs starting later this month (see full list below). Set at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the Directors Lab goes from May 26 - June 19 while the Screenwriters' Lab runs from June 21-26. And the young filmmakers will… Read


Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions Pick Up Sundance Prize Winner ‘Dear White People’

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have jointly acquired writer-director Justin Simien's debut feature Dear White People, which snagged the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January. Dear White People takes a satirical look at racial politics among the student body at a fictional Ivy League school where four students navigate issues of black militancy, post-racism, and the commodification of black culture on campus. Tyler James Williams (Everybody H… Read


Sundance Institute Creates 2014 Episodic Story Lab For TV & Online Writers

The Sundance Institute today announced an expansion of its labs program into television and online content, establishing the first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, to be held this fall at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Norman and Lyn Lear are the founding supporters backing the Sundance Institute's foray into small-screen storytelling in which participants will spend six days developing scripted and online series, stories, and characters with a panel of… Read


SXSW: Amplify Logs Terrence Malick Produced Young Abe Lincoln Pic ‘The Better Angels’

The Terrence Malick-produced film about a boy who would grow up to be the man widely considered America's greatest presidents was first seen by the world at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Today Amplify announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to The Better Angels. The film from first time writer-director A.J. Edwards will get a fall theatrical release later this year. That will be  followed by a VOD and home video release early next year. Better Angels, which  also… Read


Sundance Selects Acquires Aaron Paul Starrer ‘Hellion’

Kat Candler's Hellion debuted in Park City last month, and now Sundance Selects has taken North American rights to the pic. Exec produced by Jeff Nichols (Mud), Hellion stars newcomer Josh Wiggins as Jacob, a 13-year-old obsessed with metal and dirt bike racing whose delinquent behavior begins to raise concerns around town. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul co-exec produces and stars as Hollis, father to Jacob and his younger brother Wes (Deke Garner), who's drowning his own… Read


IFC Acquires Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Bay Pic ‘Camp X-Ray’

IFC Films took North American rights to Peter Sattler's directorial debut film Camp X-Ray, which made its debut at Sundance. Pic stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Stewart plays a soldier who gets assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay, where she strikes up a friendship with a… Read


Gravitas Ventures Acquires Sundance Pic ‘Ping Pong Summer’

Gravitas Ventures plans an early summer theatrical and digital release for writer-director Michael Tully's Ping Ping Summer, which had its world premiere last month in the NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age comedy set in 1985 Maryland stars Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and Robert Longstreet and follows awkward 13-year-old Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) as he attempts to live up to that name by becoming a master… Read


Sundance: ICM Signs ‘Kumiko’ Duo & ‘God Help The Girl’ Actor

EXCLUSIVE: This year's Sundance Film Festival is over but for three participants a whole new ride is about to begin. ICM Partners have signed up Special Jury Prize winners Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter's David Zellner and Nathan Zellner as well as Pierre Boulanger of God Help The GirlThe signings for the trio are in all areas. The Zellner Brothers remain managed by Mosaic. Boulanger is repped by Agence Oz in Paris, Curtis Brown Group in the U.K., Mosaic and law firm… Read


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