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Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ wins big at Sundance

A tense drama about the fraught relationship between a young jazz drummer and a teacher in New York was the big winner at the 30th Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. The highly acclaimed "Whiplash," by writer-director Damien Chazelle, won both the……

Sundance study: Women directors fare better in independent films

Male film-makers might dominate the mainstream, but in the indie world the gender gap is closing, says Sundance survey Female directors remain woefully underrepresented in Hollywood but appear in greater numbers in the field of independent film, according to a new study commissioned by the Sundance film festival and Women in…

Scathing Sundance film highlights U.S. Uncut’s work

US multinationals make billions of dollars in profit but can pay no federal tax due to “legal but immoral” tax arrangements, according to a scathing film at the Sundance film festival. “We’re Not Broke” tackles head on issues currently being thrashed out between Republican presidential candidates, over the fairness of…

Filmmakers capture ‘human view’ of Palestinian village

Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat spent five years filming his village’s resistance to Israeli settlers — and brought his intimate but powerful documentary to the Sundance film festival. Co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras” was shown in competition on the first weekend of the world-renowned independent film festival, which…

Sundance to premiere Stephen Frears, Spike Lee films

LOS ANGELES — New movies by Stephen Frears and Spike Lee are among a star-studded line-up of world premieres scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival next month, organizers announced. The big-name movies will appear in the Premieres section at the Jan 19-29 festival, the annual gathering of independent filmmakers founded…

YouTube making deals for original content

NEW YORK — YouTube is teaming up with media companies to produce original content in its latest bid to boost the amount of professional material on the video-sharing site, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Google-owned YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that…

Underground comic writer Harvey Pekar dead: police

Harvey Pekar, who turned his unglamorous, blue collar life into a cult series of comic book stories, has died at the age of 70 in Cleveland, Ohio, police said. Pekar, whose “American Splendor” was the basis for a critically acclaimed 2003 movie, was found dead early Monday at his home,…

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