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JAN
26
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: IFC Midnight Acquires 'The Pact'

Sundance 2012: IFC Midnight Acquires 'The Pact'

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the Park City at Midnight horror film The Pact. The deal is in the high six-figures, according to sources.

IFC Midnight will give The Pact a a pre-theatrical video-on-demand release, followed by a 12-city theatrical run.

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JAN
26
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Magnolia Pictures Acquiring Horror Flick 'V/H/S' for North of $1 Million (Exclusive)

Sundance 2012: Magnolia Pictures Acquiring Horror Flick 'V/H/S' for North of $1 Million (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures is acquiring North American rights to the horror film V/H/S for slightly more than $1 million after coming out on top in a late-night bidding war that involved three prospective buyers, according to sources. 

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JAN
25
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: IFC Films Acquires Josh Radnor's 'Liberal Arts'

Sundance 2012: IFC Films Acquires Josh Radnor's 'Liberal Arts'

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts for a seven-figure sum. The film drew a positive reaction from viewers and buyers after its world premiere Sunday night at the Eccles Theatre. IFC plans to release the film in theaters later this year.

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JAN
25
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films Pick Up 'Robot and Frank'

Sundance 2012: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films Pick Up 'Robot and Frank'

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films have partnered to pick up North American rights to Robot and Frank. Jake Schreier's debut feature had its world premiere Friday in Salt Lake City, then played at the Eccles Theatre Saturday night.

Sources say the deal, which also includes all media rights for Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, is valued at slightly more than $2 million.

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JAN
25
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Brisk Sales So Far, More Deals Expected Soon

Sundance 2012: Brisk Sales So Far, More Deals Expected Soon

As the 2012 Sundance Film Festival nears the end of its first week, acquisitions activity remains brisk and steady. As of mid-day Wednesday, eight distributors had pulled down ten program titles, including four thrillers, two documentaries, two dramas and two comedies.

PHOTOS: The Scene At Sundance Film Festival 2012

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JAN
25
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Sundance Institute Announces Short Filmmaking Jury Prizes

Sundance 2012: Sundance Institute Announces Short Filmmaking Jury Prizes

Sundance Institute has announced the jury prizes in short filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The jurors are Mike Judge, creator of MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head; Dee Rees, writer/director of the award-winning short film Pariah, which later debuted as a narrative feature at last year's festival; and Shane Smith, director of public programs at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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JAN
25
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Richard Gere's 'Arbitrage' Sells to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for $2 Million-Plus

Sundance 2012: Richard Gere's 'Arbitrage' Sells to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for $2 Million-Plus

Financial thriller Arbitrage, the directorial debut from Nicholas Jarecki, has sold to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Sources put the sale price at just north of $2 million for U.S. rights.

The film, which stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parker and Laetitia Casta, attracted strong interest from buyers after it unfurled on Saturday night at the Eccles Theatre.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Robert De Niro Thriller 'Red Lights' Sells to Millennium Entertainment

Sundance 2012: Robert De Niro Thriller 'Red Lights' Sells to Millennium Entertainment

Supernatural thriller Red Lights has been acquired by Millennium Entertainment. Sources say the deal for U.S. rights is valued at just under $4 million. 

Buried director Rodrigo Cortes wrote and directed Red Lights, which is playing in Sundance's Premieres section and stars Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Institute Announces Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award Winners

Sundance 2012: Institute Announces Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award Winners

The Sundance Institute announced the winners of the 2012 Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award Tuesday evening. Etienne Kallos (Vrystaat/Free State) from South Africa; Ariel Kleiman (Partisan) from Australia; Dominga Sotomayor (Tarde Para Morir Joven/Late to Die Young) from Chile; and Shonali Bose (Margarita. With a Straw) from India will each receive a cash award of $10,000 as well as support from and access to year-round Sundance labs and events.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Institute-Backed Films Score 7 Oscar Nominations

Sundance 2012: Institute-Backed Films Score 7 Oscar Nominations

Seven Sundance Institute-supported films received Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning:

Hell and Back Again, from Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner, and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, from Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman, were nominated for best documentary feature. Hell won the grand jury prize for world cinema documentary at the 2011 Sundance fest, while Tree Falls took the documentary film editing award that year.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' Sells to Sony Pictures Classics

Sundance 2012: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' Sells to Sony Pictures Classics

Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic dramedy starring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones, has sold to Sony Pictures Classics. The company acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights. Sources place the purchase price close to $2 million, with additional foreign rights still subject to heated bids.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Mark Webber and Chloe Sevigny to Star in Indie Drama 'Panarea'

Sundance 2012: Mark Webber and Chloe Sevigny to Star in Indie Drama 'Panarea'

Mark Webber and Chloe Sevigny are attached to star in director Adam Bhala Lough’s indie drama Panarea. Jim Jarmusch is executive producing.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: Focus Features Buys 'For a Good Time, Call ...'

Sundance 2012: Focus Features Buys 'For a Good Time, Call ...'

Sundance was ready for some comedy.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

Sundance 2012: 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Sends off LCD Soundsystem in Style

Sundance 2012: 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' Sends off LCD Soundsystem in Style

LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy, the star of the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, received a standing ovation from the Egyptian Theatre crowd following the Sunday night premiere of the concert film about the end of his band.

The documentary, which is screening in Sundance's Midnight section, was a hit with a clearly a partisan crowd, which clapped along to many of the songs played by the influential electronic rock band during the 105-minute film about its last show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 2.

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