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Thomas Haden Church, Alice Eve & Finn Wittrock To Star In ‘Green Olds’ From Director Max Mayer

Thomas Haden Church, Alice Eve & Finn Wittrock To Star In ‘Green Olds’ From Director Max Mayer
Thomas Haden Church (Divorce), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and Alice Eve (She's Out Of My League) are set to topline comedy thriller Green Olds, which Max Mayer (As Cool As I Am) is directing from a screenplay by Dallas Mitchell Brennan. Myriad Pictures is on board to handle international sales and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival starting this week; CAA will manage domestic sales. The story follows Oscar (Wittrock) who, after…
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New on Netflix: August 2015

New on Netflix in August: The original series "Narcos," about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Wagner Moura of "Elysium;" and the site's first Spanish-language original series, "Club de Cuervos," about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team.

You'll also be able to stream the critically acclaimed film "White Dog," Best Picture Oscar winner "The Hurt Locker," the Kristin Wiig dramedy "Welcome to Me," and Simon Pegg as an assassin in "Kill Me Three Times."

There are also new episodes of "Doctor Who," "Revenge," "Once Upon a Time," "Transporter: The Series," and "GIrl Meets World." Happy binging!

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in August 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in August 2015, in case you were wondering.​

Available August 1

"Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999)

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'Suburgatory's' Jeremy Sisto loves his kids and 'The Deer Hunter'

On ABC's Wednesday sitcom "Suburgatory," which launched a new season in January, Jeremy Sisto plays George Altman, an architect and single father of a teen daughter (Jane Levy) who moves to the suburbs to give her a better life. He discovers life there is different, but whether it's better is a work in progress.

In real life, Sisto is a 39-year-old father of two: daughter Charlie and baby son Bastian. He got married to wife Addie a few months after his daughter was born, but Sisto has no regrets about taking the plunge.

"I love my family," he tells Zap2it. "I have a great wife. It took me a while to figure that out and commit, but now I'm really happy I did. She's a human being, and we're committed to each other. It's a nice thing. The kids are just amazing. It's a different level."

As to whether
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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Awarded to I Origins at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Institute announced I Origins as the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship, which is presented through the Institute’s Feature Film Program.

These activities, as well as a panel at the Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant, are part of the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film Initiative, which is made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The initiative supports the development and exhibition of new independent film projects that explore science and technology themes or that depict scientists, engineers and mathematicians in engaging and innovative ways.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Sundance Institute for the 11th year in a row and to recognize Mike Cahill’s original and compelling I Origins as the winner of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize,” said Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “With Academy Award-nominated films like this year’s Gravity and Her, I Origins—as well as new scripts we are developing with Sundance Institute Labs such as The Buried Life and Prodigal Summer—demonstrates that not only are science and technology central to understanding, engaging with and dramatizing modern life, but they also make for cracking good films that draw large audiences.”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “Independent filmmakers offer unique perspectives on the role math, science and technology play in our world and culture. The Sundance Institute Science-in-Film Initiative, with critical support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes and encourages these projects as they make their way to audiences.”

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

I Origins, directed and written by Mike Cahill, has been awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will receive a $20,000 cash award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and presented to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.

In I Origins, a molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. The cast includes Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi. The jury presented the award to the film for its “intelligent and nuanced portrayal of molecular biologists as central characters, and for dramatizing the power of the scientific process to explore fundamental questions about the human condition.”

Previous Alfred P. Sloan Prize Winners include: Andrew Bujalski, Computer Chess (2013); Jake Schreier, Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank (2012); Musa Syeed, Valley of Saints (2012); Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, Another Earth (2011); Diane Bell, Obselidia (2010); Max Mayer, Adam (2009); Alex Rivera, Sleep Dealer (2008); Shi-Zheng Chen, Dark Matter (2007); Andrucha Waddington, The House of Sand (2006); Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man (2005), Shane Carruth, Primer (2004) and Marc Decena, Dopamine (2003). Several past winners have also been awarded Jury Awards at the Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize for Primer, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Sleep Dealer and the Excellence in Cinematography Award for Obselidia.

This year’s Alfred P. Sloan jury members are:

Dr. Kevin Hand Dr. Kevin Hand is deputy chief scientist for Solar System Exploration at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system. His fieldwork involves exploring some of Earth’s most extreme environments from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to the depths of the Earth’s oceans, to the glaciers of Kilimanjaro.

Flora Lichtman Flora Lichtman is a science journalist living in New York. She has worked as a video journalist for the New York Times and National Public Radio’s Science Friday and writes regularly for Popular Science magazine. She is the coauthor of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.

Max Mayer Max Mayer is a founder and producing director of New York Stage and Film and has directed over 50 new plays by writers such as John Patrick Shanley, Lee Blessing, and Eric Overmyer. In addition to writing and directing Better Living and Adam, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Sloan Prize, Mayer has directed As Cool as I Am and episodes of The West Wing, Alias, and Family Law and written three produced plays.

Jon Spaihts Jon Spaihts is the screenwriter of The Darkest Hour, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and the upcoming Passengers and The Mummy. The one-time physics student and science writer continues to specialize in science fiction.

Jill Tarter Astronomer Jill Tarter, the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for the Seti Institute, has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere. The lead for Project Phoenix, a decade-long Seti scrutiny of about 750 nearby star systems, she now leads Seti’s efforts to build and operate the Allen Telescope Array. A 2009 Ted prize recipient, she is also the real-life researcher upon whom the Jodie Foster character in Contact is largely based.

Sundance Institute / Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship

The Buried Life (U.S.A.) Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck (co-writers/co-directors) An archaeologist risks her reputation for the dig of her career, but when her rock 'n' roll sister and overbearing father follow her to the excavation, she discovers her biggest challenge is facing what's above ground.

Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck have just attended the Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab with The Buried Life.

Joan Stein Schimke was nominated for an Academy Award® for her short film One Day Crossing, which won several other awards including the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Best Woman Student Filmmaker, Best Director, National Board of Review and the Student Academy Award® Gold Medal. Other directing credits include Law and Order and the short film Solidarity, which screened at over a dozen festivals including the New York Film Festival. Stein Schimke is an Mfa graduate of Columbia University’s Film Program and is currently an Associate Professor at Adelphi University in New York.

Averie Storck is an Mfa graduate of Columbia University’s Film Program. Her award-winning short films include Live at Five , which won the New Line Cinema Development Award and screened at more than 30 international film festivals. Prior to filmmaking, Storck worked for People and Vogue magazines, was a writer for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. She currently teaches and directs at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Founded in 1934, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a non-profit philanthropy that makes grants in science, technology and economic performance. This Sloan-Sundance partnership forms part of a broader national program by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater; to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology; and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the popular imagination. Over the past decade, the Foundation has partnered with some of the top film schools in the country – including AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Nyu, UCLA, and USC – and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production and an annual first-feature award for alumni. The Foundation has also started an annual Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival and initiated new screenwriting and film production workshops at the Hamptons and Tribeca Film Festival and with Film Independent. As more finished films emerge from this developmental pipeline—four features were completed in 2013, with half a dozen more on deck—the foundation has also partnered with the Coolidge Corner Theater and the Arthouse Convergence to screen science films in up to 40 theaters nationwide. The Foundation also has an active theater program and commissions over a dozen science plays each year from the Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwright Horizons.
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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Past Tense: Ben Shepherd talks about Half of a Yellow Sun

Trevor Hogg chats with Ben Shepherd about recreating 1960s Nigeria for Half of a Yellow Sun...

Back in 2006 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published a story about the privilege lives of twin sisters being torn apart by the Biafran War which occurred in her homeland from 1967 to 1970; seven years later fellow countryman and playwright Biyi Bandele adapted Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) for the big screen with a cast that features Thandie Newton (The Truth About Charlie), Anika Noni Rose (As Cool as I Am), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Joseph Mawle (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), and John Boyega (Attack the Block). Assisting the production was LipSynch Post Head of 3D / VFX Supervisor Ben Shepherd (Hangar 10) who oversaw the green screen requirements for the various interior sets at Shepperton Studios. “LipSync Post is a company that covers all aspects of post,” explains Shepherd. “We were
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"As Cool As I Am", And As Ready For Primetime

I don’t remember when I started to notice the argument my parents weren’t having.

As Cool as I Am (2013) is the story of a young girl coming through her mid-teens the way most of us felt at the time. Lucy Diamond (Sarah Bolger) is the young child of young parents, Chuck (James Marsden) and Lainee (Claire Danes). Born when they were in high school, Chuck is now a lumberjack who spends very little time at home while Lainee finds her way in the world. That leaves Lucy virtually alone to navigate her first boyfriend (Thomas Mann), school, dangerous parties, and her own dreams of being a successful chef. It’s a rough old world out there, but luckily Lucy’s got enough sarcasm and personal strength to get through it. Spoiler alert.

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Conjuring,' 'Before Midnight,' 'The Way, Way Back'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:

"The Conjuring"

What's It About? James Wan's "The Conjuring" follows the paranormal hauntings of a Rhode Island farmhouse, based on the real life events documented by investigators of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga). When the Perron family moves into a new home they begin experiencing loud pounding noises and eerie occurrences that force them to contact the Warren's to help rid them of their home's evil essence.

Why We're In: "The Conjuring" wasn't just one of the best scary movies in years for its hefty amount of solid jumps and scares, but it also took full advantage of the horror genre. Wan's film paid homage to old-school scary movies by implementing the horror tactics we love, bringing a refreshing creativity to exhausted cliches.

Watch: Go behind-the-scenes on "The Conjuring" (Video)

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:

"Bruce Lee:
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Conjuring' and More

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This week: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play real-life ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren in the supernatural thriller "The Conjuring," one of the scariest and most profitable films of the year.

Also new this week is Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the buddy comedy "The Internship," Ryan Gosling reuniting with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn for "Only God Forgives" and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy at it again as Jesse and Celine in the romantic sequel "Before Midnight."

'The Conjuring'

Box Office: $137 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Fresh

Storyline: Based on the adventures of real-life paranormal investigators and married couple Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), "The Conjuring" focuses on one of the Warrens' most extreme cases in the '70s in which Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor), a worried mother of five girls, begs the couple to help rid her family's Rhode Island farmhouse of a demonic presence.
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Playing The Title Name Game on VOD: Or Why Your Film Should Start With the Letter 'A'

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Playing The Title Name Game on VOD: Or Why Your Film Should Start With the Letter 'A'
"Adore," "After Earth," "And While We Were Here," "All is Bright" and "As Cool As I Am" are among the titles available in VOD now. Notice anything they all have in common? Yes, they all begin with the letter A. And that's no coincidence. "Everybody is coming up with titles like 'Aaa Action Star.' It's like the old days when people would name their company Aaa Acme Exterminator so they'd be listed first," said Bob Berney, CEO of Picturehouse. In fact, some productions are even changing existing titles to benefit from the alphabetical listing interface on most cable networks. Before its VOD release in August, the title of the film "While We Were Here" was changed to "And While We Were Here." By starting with an "A" rather than a "W," the film, directed by Kat Coiro and released by Well Go USA, increased its odds of being a VOD success.
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Sarah Bolger Joins Reawakening

Sarah Bolger Joins Reawakening
You might think that dealing with weird supernatural events in The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries and TV’s Once Upon A Time would teach Sarah Bolger not to go playing with the laws of nature. Apparently not! Because she’s now signed on to co-star in Reawakening.David Gelb is directing the film, which also features Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Mark Duplass, and chronicles the story of research students who stumble upon the secret of bringing test subjects back from the dead.Naturally, they celebrate their mastery of life and death, but clearly none of them have seen Pet Sematary or one of the many TV series and movies that have explored the terrible consequences of cheating death or tangling with the forces of mortality, because events inevitably take a turn for the sinister.Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater wrote the script for this one, and
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Claire Danes and James Marsden Talk As Cool As I Am

As Cool As I Am is a coming of age story about a smart, young girl caught in small town America. Dreaming of a bigger life, Lucy (Sarah Bolger) is subjected to her parents’ Lainee (Claire Danes) and Chuck (James Marsden) disintegrating marriage. Finding it tough to navigate her own relationships, Lucy not only confides in, but relies on best-friend, Kenny (Thomas Mann), for emotional and physical support. Ultimately, she finds hope and her dreams are within reach.

Check out the new featurette where Claire Danes and James Marsden discusses their roles in the film.

Director: Max Mayer

Starring: Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger As Cool As I Am is now available to watch in select theaters, Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, Xbox Zune, Google Play and YouTube)
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How to Watch 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Before Disc

Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (action horror; Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton; also available in 3D; rated R) Movie 43 (ensemble comedy; Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Dennis Quaid; rated R) Snitch (action; Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper; rated PG-13) As Cool As I Am (comedy; Claire Danes, James Marsden; also available in theaters; rated R) Dead Man's Burden (Western; Barlow Jacobs, Claire Bowen; unrated) Twixt (horror; Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning; available now...

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'As Cool As I Am' Trailer: Claire Danes is a Sucky Mom

In real life, Claire Danes is probably a fantasmically excellent mother. However, her character in this new trailer for "As Cool As I Am" needs a 'lil help.

Fellow junkies of the "My So-Called Life" series — which, seriously, how in the world was that show just one season? — will remember a younger Danes as the sullen Angela Chase, dying her hair (much to her mother's chagrin) and desperately trying to find herself a comfy corner in the universe while hoping above all hope that the hot guitar guy at school might one day pay her just an ounce of attention. Ah, hormones.

Cut back to the present, and Danes is on the receiving end of all that angst ... and deservedly so.

"Cool" features Claire Danes and James Marsden as a former pair who got preggers while still just teenagers. Under the pressure of a shotgun-wielding elder of some sort, no doubt,
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First Trailer for ‘As Cool As I Am’ Lands

The first trailer for As Cool As I Am from director Max Mayer debuted today. The film stars Claire Danes and James Marsden as a married couple struggling to raise their teenage daughter for whom they sacrificed life as they knew it when they were little more than teenagers themselves.

Sarah Bolger stars as the daughter in question alongside Thomas Mann as her potential love interest. As Cool As I Am, from IFC Films, has June 21st release date lined up in the States, with no UK release date announced as yet.

Bolger, best known for TV roles in Once Upon A Time and The Tudors, looks a good fit as spirited protagonist Lucy who must deal with her own growing up as her parents do the same. Based on the novel by Pete Fromm As Cool As I Am is a coming of age story with a gritty teen
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As Cool As I Am Trailer Makes Claire Danes And James Marsden Into Bad Parents

Being a teenager is hard. seen examples of it time and time again, both on film and in real life. Teenagers in broken homes have it even worse, as also seen on film a bunch of times. So in order to stand out in the crowd, a movie that centers on this kind of storyline has to pull some tricks to be heard above the din. I.m not sure if the above trailer for As Cool As I Am does that exactly. The film is adapted from the 1994 novel by Pete Fromm with a screenplay from Virginia Korus Spragg (An Unfinished Life), and Max Mayer (Adam) directing. Sarah Bolger (The Moth Diaries) plays Lucy Diamond, a teenage girl who suddenly finds herself reaching maturity just as her parents, played by Claire Danes (Homeland) and James Marsden (Robot and Frank), are losing theirs. Apparently the deal
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IFC Debuts 'As Cool As I Am' Trailer starring Claire Danes, James Marsden and Sarah Bolger

IFC has debuted the trailer for Max Mayer's As Cool As I Am drama, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger and Thomas Mann, adapted from the novel by Pete Fromm. Lucy (Bolger) is a self-confessed tomboy that is considered one of the guys with her masculine haircut and attitude. She gets on well with her father (Marsden) but is frequently separated from him for months on end when he works in Canada. Her relationship with her mother (Danes) is easy-going provided she keeps the house tidy. Her mother's lenience even allows her daughter to drive her car, even when she is too young to apply for a license.
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Billy Crudup, Anton Yelcin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne Join William H. Macy’s Rudderless

It was announced today that Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous,” “Watchmen”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Like Crazy”), Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers”) and Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Contagion, “Man of Steel”) will star alongside William H. Macy (“Fargo”) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) in Unified Pictures’ music drama Rudderless. Macy is making his feature directorial debut, directing “Rudderless.”

The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval through his Unified Pictures production/finance banner. Brad Greiner, through his Amberdale production banner, is also producing alongside Kjarval and Unified.

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales on the project and will introduce the feature film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market in May.

Rudderless” is a musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. When a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his deceased son’s original music, he forms a band,
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Lionsgate Inks First-Look TV Deal With Matt Williams’ Wind Dancer Films

Writer-producer Matt Williams‘ Wind Dancer Films will develop and produce scripted comedies and drama for Lionsgate as part of the new deal. Williams created and executive produced the TV series Roseanne. He also was a writer on The Cosby Show and went on to co-create spinoff A Different World. He launched Wind Dancer Films in 2008 with partner David McFadzean, company president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne to produce and finance films and create and produce TV. Its TV credits include Home Improvement, Carol & Company with Carol Burnett and Soul Man with Dan Aykroyd, while film credits include last year’s Jack Black-starrer Bernie, As Cool As I Am starring Claire Danes and James Marsden and What Women Want. Williams is repped by Wme.
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Recap: 2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions

Over the long weekend, plenty of folks got the news that they’ve had their feature, doc or short films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. This Wednesday, the festival begins making their line-up official while keeping the short film announcements for the following week. The previous week we’ve made some prognostications as to what should be included in the 2013 edition. Here’s an easy to click recap of some of those predictions. We’ve added those who’ve been mentioned in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, the fortunate ones who’ve had their work run inside the Sundance Labs, those who are working from a Blacklist named screenplay, those who are basing their feature on a short film that was accepted into the festival in a previous edition and finally those who’ve had funding via Kickstarter. * denotes feature directorial debut while ++ denotes that person
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