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July 28, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It's hard enough to get into the Sundance Film Festival — more than 10,000 features, documentaries and shorts were submitted for just a few dozen slots in this year's festival. But it's almost equally hard to leave the nation's top gathering for independent film with a distribution deal. Only a handful of Sundance titles receive a meaningful theatrical release. Determined to break that distribution bottleneck, the Sundance Institute on Wednesday launched an initiative that for the first time packages festival films under the Sundance name and offers them for simultaneous viewing on six of the Internet's biggest video platforms — Apple Inc.'s iTunes, Amazon.com, Hulu, Netflix Inc., Google Inc.'s YouTube and Rainbow Media's SundanceNow.
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January 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars. A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such ambitions worry Sepideh's traditionalist Iranian family members, who issue her ominous warnings -- which, of course, only further fuels her desire. “We use the sky," Sepideh says in a new Farsi-language documentary, also named “Sepideh,” that premieres Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, “to vent the frustration that society has given us.” Sundance, which kicks off its 30th edition Thursday in the mountains of Utah, is largely known for unearthing new domestic voices.
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July 17, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The complex topography of film festivals in Los Angeles will have a new wrinkle with the inaugural Next Weekend festival. Running Aug. 8 to 11, the event is being organized by Sundance Institute as an extension of the 4-year-old Next section of its annual film festival in Utah. Next Weekend's core programming, announced Tuesday, includes 10 features, two of them world premieres and the other eight Los Angeles premieres; 10 short films; two panels; and a full-day workshop on making short films.
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December 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Rex Ranch in Arizona is poised to become an ambitious artists' retreat, if a Sundance Institute executive can come up with the money to buy the 50-acre former dude ranch by the middle of December. Located on a pristine patch of land with breathtaking scenery in the Sonoran Desert in the small town of Amado, about 30 miles south of Tucson, Rex Ranch was built in 1880 and later served as a resort before being abandoned. The property, which features 35 attractive rose-colored adobe buildings, was originally for sale for $2 million.
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January 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - Parties at the Sundance Film Festival typically feature maverick filmmakers, the best in nouvelle cowboy cuisine and plentiful pours of high-end spirits and Utah microbrews. But the bash thrown by Hollywood's powerful Creative Artists Agency on Sunday night took festival revelry in an unexpectedly bawdy direction, as Sundance guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.
NEWS
April 29, 2004
Filmmaking grant: The Annenberg Foundation has given a $5-million grant to the Sundance Institute to help in the training of young filmmakers. Bye-bye: King World has canceled its low-rated syndicated series "Living It Up! With Ali & Jack," which has aired weekday mornings on KCBS-TV.
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March 22, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND
Veteran film music composers Miklos Rosza, Henry Mancini, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, David Raksin, Alex North and Georges Delerue will be on hand tonight in UCLA'S Royce Hall to celebrate and be celebrated in a fund-raising benefit titled "A Night of Great Movie Music" for the Sundance Institute. Charlton Heston will serve as the benefit concert's master of ceremonies.
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December 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Rex Ranch in Arizona is poised to become an ambitious artists' retreat, if a Sundance Institute executive can come up with the money to buy the 50-acre former dude ranch by the middle of December. Located on a pristine patch of land with breathtaking scenery in the Sonoran Desert in the small town of Amado, about 30 miles south of Tucson, Rex Ranch was built in 1880 and later served as a resort before being abandoned. The property, which features 35 attractive rose-colored adobe buildings, was originally for sale for $2 million.
TRAVEL
July 11, 1993
I just finished reading Christopher Reynolds' piece on spectacular Yosemite waterfalls ("Year of the Waterfall," May 9). I enjoyed reading it, but that is the nearest I will ever get to Yosemite unless you can recommend a videotape, as I am physically handicapped. BENJAMIN J. WILLIAMS Belchertown, Mass. Christopher Reynolds replies: The Ansel Adams Gallery (P.O. Box 455, Yosemite National Park, Calif. 95389, telephone 209-372-4413) in Yosemite Valley carries several videos, including "Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven" (58 minutes; $19.95)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1988
Regarding the transparently jealous and vicious remarks made by letter-writer Peter Masters about Robert Redford's talents as an actor, director and founder of the Sundance Institute (Calendar Letters, April 3). A "minor talent" as an actor? Go back to "The Way We Were" and watch the memories drift across his face as he and Bradford Dillman play the "best year" game on that sailing ship. My personal favorite is his interpretation of one single word in "Barefoot in the Park."
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August 2, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The film "Computer Chess" has been among the most buzzed-about films of the year ever since it premiered as part of the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival in January.  Local audiences now have a chance to step back in time with the film to explore a previous generation's version of true nerdery and the origins of artificial intelligence. "Computer Chess" opens Friday in Los Angeles and writer-director Andrew Bujalski is scheduled to appear for Q&As on Friday and Saturday at the Nuart . The film is set around a weekend computer chess tournament in 1980, as teams of programmers pit their machines against one another.
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July 17, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The complex topography of film festivals in Los Angeles will have a new wrinkle with the inaugural Next Weekend festival. Running Aug. 8 to 11, the event is being organized by Sundance Institute as an extension of the 4-year-old Next section of its annual film festival in Utah. Next Weekend's core programming, announced Tuesday, includes 10 features, two of them world premieres and the other eight Los Angeles premieres; 10 short films; two panels; and a full-day workshop on making short films.
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March 4, 2013 | By John Horn
The Sundance Film Festival will showcase some of its more experimental features in a new mini-festival in West Hollywood this summer. Called Next Weekend, the Aug. 8-11 event will include screenings, panel discussions and parties, and will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will open with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other venues such as  the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum will host Next Weekend activities.
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January 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - Parties at the Sundance Film Festival typically feature maverick filmmakers, the best in nouvelle cowboy cuisine and plentiful pours of high-end spirits and Utah microbrews. But the bash thrown by Hollywood's powerful Creative Artists Agency on Sunday night took festival revelry in an unexpectedly bawdy direction, as Sundance guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.
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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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July 30, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The Sundance Kid will soon come to Sunset Boulevard. Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas announced Monday that it will open its Sundance Sunset Cinema on Aug. 31 after an extensive remodel of the former Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood. Sundance took over the lease of the cinema on Dec. 1 from Laemmle Theatres, which operated the Sunset 5 for two decades. Sundance Cinemas, based in Westlake Village, Calif., operates theaters in Madison, Wis., San Francisco and Houston. The theater circuit offers a range of alternative programming, lectures and screening series, taking advantage of Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and the Sundance cable TV channel.
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March 4, 2013 | By John Horn
The Sundance Film Festival will showcase some of its more experimental features in a new mini-festival in West Hollywood this summer. Called Next Weekend, the Aug. 8-11 event will include screenings, panel discussions and parties, and will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will open with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other venues such as  the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum will host Next Weekend activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The winter isn't necessarily known for new works from acclaimed Asian auteurs. But Fox Searchlight and Park Chan-wook will seek to change that when they bring out "Stoker" just about eight weeks into the new year. The studio said Tuesday it had dated Park's much-anticipated film for March 1, seeking to capitalize on the season's overlapping audience for both genre movies and longer-running prestige movies. "Stoker," a coming-of-age tale from a man who counts "Oldboy" and "Thirst" among his previous works, is believed to be a hybrid of sorts, combining genre and art-house elements.
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