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January 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
PARK CITY, Utah -- One of the key story lines of Sundance 2013 has been the strong representation of female directors at the film festival: eight of the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition were made by women. That's up from just three in 2012. But a new study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles and conducted by researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that there's still a gender gap between women and men in the realm of American independent film.
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January 21, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
In a move that gives more control of the independent film studio to investment firm Colony Capital and its chief Tom Barack, construction magnate Ron Tutor has sold his stake in Miramax. The buyer is the Qatari Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the Middle Eastern nation and a partner of Colony's, said a knowledgeable person who was not authorized to discuss the topic publicly. The Qatari fund was already the largest stakeholder in Miramax when a consortium of buyers acquired the pioneering independent film company from Walt Disney Co. in 2010 for $663 million.
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January 14, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Nine years ago, Shane Carruth burst onto the independent film scene with "Primer," a heady, complex, sci-fi thriller that made time travel seem disturbingly plausible. Shot for only $7,000, the film took the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, beating out more buzzworthy titles like "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Garden State. " Carruth - a one-time software engineer - served as director, writer, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, composer, casting director, production designer and sound designer.
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January 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Film and television industry groups that met with the White House on Thursday evening vowed to engage in a "dialogue" over the issue of gun violence in America.                                                           "The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the administration's efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America," said a statement from the Directors...
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January 3, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Independent filmmaking often acts as a farm team of sorts for Hollywood, a showcase for performers and filmmakers who go on to bigger, if not always necessarily better, things. The following is a look at some of the people - and some of the films - that made a splash in the indie waters in 2012 that are likely to have a ripple effect in Hollywood. As a writer and critic with a focus on independent cinema, it's gratifying to watch emerging talents as they make their way into the mainstream.
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December 16, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Much as last year was dominated and defined by the light/dark polarity of "The Tree of Life" and "Melancholia," this year again saw a pair of films reflecting off each other and in turn setting the lens through which much else could be seen. "The Master" and "Holy Motors" towered over this year with their explorations of the substance of identity and self-definition. In both films characters grapple with who they are and who they might yet be, striving for some idealized self they may never become.
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December 16, 2012 | By Susan King
"Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's chronicle of the search for terrorist Osama bin-Laden, continued its winning ways Sunday evening when it was named best film of 2012 by the African-American Film Critics Association. The film, which opens Wednesday, has already won best film honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, and it received best film nominations last week for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes. But it was Ava DuVernay's drama about how a marriage is affected when the husband goes to prison, "Middle of Nowhere," that was the big winner Sunday, receiving four awards: actress for Emayatzy Corinealdi, screenplay for DuVernay, independent film and music for Kathryn Bostic & Morgan Rhodes.
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December 14, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Hollywood executive and music mogul Gil Friesen has died. He was 75. Friesen, best known for his tenure as president of A&M Records and A&M Films, passed away at his Brentwood home on Thursday. Friends of the executive told Deadline, which first reported the news , that Friesen's death followed a prolonged battle with leukemia. After starting his career at Capitol Records, Friesen became the first general manager of the small privately owned music label. He was instrumental in developing an impressive roster of acts including Sting, Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Amy Grant and Bryan Adams.
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December 9, 2012 | By Susan King
The coming-of-age drama "Broken" won the British Independent Film Award for 2012's best British independent film Sunday evening in London. Rory Kinnear also won best supporting actor for "Broken. " "Berberian Sound Studio," a psychological thriller that takes place on an Italian horror film set in the 1970s, won best director for Peter Strickland, best actor for Toby Jones, best achievement in production and best technical achievement. Andrea Riseborough was named best actress for "Shadow Dancer" and Olivia Wilde received the BIFA for supporting actress for "Hyde Park on the Hudson.
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November 5, 2012 | By Susan King
The drama "Broken" led the way Monday with nine nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, including best film.  Rufus Norris was nominated in the debut director and director categories. Also nominated were Tim Roth as lead actor and Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear as supporting actor. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" and Peter Strickland's "Berberian Sound Studio" earned seven nominations each. Joining those three titles in the category of best film are "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The Imposter.
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