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PostWorks, New York Readies Record Number of Films for the Sundance Film Festival


–PostWorks, New York (

), the East Coast’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and HD post-production facility, today detailed its work on a record number of films selected for the annual Sundance Film Festival which begins today in Park City, Utah. Members of PostWorks’ staff made significant lab, picture and/or sound post-production contributions to the narrative feature films “Broken English,” “Bugmaster,” “Dedication,” “Delirious,” “Great World of Sound,” “Never Forever,” “On the Road with Judas,” “Padre Nuestro,” “Snow Angels,” “The Ten,” and “Waitress.”

In discussing PostWorks’ contributions to these projects, the company’s COO Rob DeMartin expressed his appreciation for post-production’s ongoing evolution. “The fluid nature of independent post is fascinating,” he said. “Over the last few years, our Sundance slate has leaned toward documentary – including Eugene Jarecki’s 2005 Grand Jury Prize winner ‘Why We Fight’ and Jonathan Demme’s 2006 ‘Heart of Gold,’ among many others. In contrast, 2007 finds us supporting a record number of narrative features.”

The company’s supporting roles were specific to each of this year’s Sundance films. For example, “Padre Nuestro” from writer/director Christopher Zalla was edited with Avid’s DNxHD codec and finished using a 4:4:4 HDCAM SR workflow; writer/director Tom DiCillo’s “Delirious” and writer/director David Gordon Green’s “Snow Angels” were both given 2K DI finishes, and for writer/director Gina Kim’s “Never Forever” – which was finished photochemically – the company provided lab services and editorial support.

“Not every film fits a standard post-production model – independent film particularly,” added Joe Beirne, senior technical advisor at PostWorks, New York. “A greater range of choice has allowed for creative and business-model flexibility that can nurture and protect the filmmaker and their film.”

In the realm of sound, PostWorks supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Patrick Donahue – who mixed the Sundance 2005 Audience Award winner “Murderball” – this year brought his talents to “Delirious” and “Waitress.” “Both projects challenged me to realize the specific creative visions of these very talented directors,” Donahue explained. “There are countless creative details to address in a narrative feature, and when the director is also the writer, you have the privilege of helping to realize a vision that is the result of years of the filmmaker’s toil and sweat.”

Michael Pitt and Steve Buscemi in Tom DiCillo’s “Delirious.” Image courtesy of Peace Arch Entertainment Group; All Rights Reserved.

For this year’s Sundance Film Festival, PostWorks will join The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television in sponsoring Park City’s New York Lounge. Many PostWorks executives will attend the festival and welcome visitors at the New York Lounge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 545 Main Street throughout the festival.

“Through its groundbreaking incentive programs and other initiatives, our State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and TV Development has led the way in attracting productions and ensuring that our vast resources are presented through a united front,” concluded DeMartin. “Several of the films we had the pleasure of working on this year benefited from the Made in NY incentive program, including ‘Broken English,’ ‘Dedication,’ ‘Delirious,’ ‘Life Support,’ ‘Never Forever’ and ‘The Ten,’ so the program is working beautifully, and we’re very proud to join our colleagues in Park City’s New York Lounge to discuss everything we can offer to a project.”

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival begins today and will run through Jan. 28. For further information, please visit


About PostWorks, New York and Orbit Digital

Since its founding in 1995, PostWorks, New York has emerged as the region’s most comprehensive digital motion picture and HD post-production facility, employing a world-class team of artists, engineers and producers to serve its clients. In 2006, PostWorks merged with Orbit Digital, a leading global provider of mobile post production systems and support services, to broaden its collaboration with the feature film and television communities from locations in Los Angeles, London and New York. Together, PostWorks and Orbit offer one complete source for every post-production requirement, including film processing, telecine/scanning, non-linear editorial and HD picture finishing, digital intermediate and film recording, as well as comprehensive sound services. The company’s clients include Academy Award-winning filmmakers, cutting-edge independents and virtually every major film studio and broadcaster. For more information, please call 212-894-4000, or visit