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Sundance Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Film Festival DVD Collection

Sundance Institute

announced the11 titles that will be included in the DVD “Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years of Sundance Institute,” a collection of 10 movies plus a special features disc with new interviews and behind-the-scenes Sundance Institute labs and festival footage. “Sundance Film Festival Collection” will be released through Hart Sharp Video under the Sundance Channel Home Entertainment line. All net proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Sundance Institute to further its mission of discovering and developing independent artists and audiences. The collection will be available November 22, 2005.

The 10 films in the collection are:

_ “sex, lies, and videotape” (1988) Directed by Stephen Soderbergh. The film won the Audience Award at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival and Soderbergh was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1990.

_ “Clerks” (1993) Directed by Kevin Smith. The film won the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

_ “The Usual Suspects” (1994) Directed by Bryan Singer. The film screened at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Kevin Spacey won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Christopher McQuarrie won for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, in 1996.

_ “Smoke Signals” (1997) Directed by Chris Eyre. Eyre developed the film at the 1995 Sundance Institute Filmmakers lab and won the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

_ “American Movie” (1999) Directed by Chris Smith. The film won the Grand Jury prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

_ “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Peirce developed the film at the 1997 Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab. Hilary Swank won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Chloë Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, in 2000.

_ “In the Bedroom” (2000) Directed by Todd Field. Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek were given Special Jury Prizes at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Wilkinson), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marisa Tomei), and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published in 2002.

_ “Real Women Have Curves” (2002) Directed by Patricia Cardoso. The film won the Grand Jury Prize, and Lupe Ontiveros and America Ferrera won Special Jury Prizes at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

_ “Capturing the Friedmans” (2002) Directed by Andrew Jarecki. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary in 2004.

_ “American Splendor” (2002) Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

The special features disc features:

_ Interviews with Sundance founder Robert Redford

_ Scenes from Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab sessions where two films included in the collection were developed

_ A documentary of the Sundance Institute

_ Filmmaker interviews

The commemorative box set will also include a comprehensive booklet with an introduction by Robert Redford, and an overview of the Institute’s mission and work in independent film, film music and theatre. The booklet will feature key art and technical information for each film.

The DVD Collection will be available for sale at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 19 – 29, 2006, its online store, the Sundance Channel web site, through the Sundance Catalog, and a variety of national retail outlets. This limited edition collectors set will be available only through 2006. It will be available starting November 22, 2005 for $149.99.

In addition, Sundance Institute announced the creation of a central area of Festival activity in downtown Salt Lake City during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The “Festival District” will be anchored by two downtown theatres, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the Broadway Centre Cinemas, both on 300 South. The 2006 Sundance Film Festival will be held January 19-29 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah and is the premiere showcase for independent film from the U.S. and abroad attracting audiences exceeding 40,000 annually.

Additionally, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center will host the Festival’s Salt Lake City Gala on Friday, January 29 and will screen two films per evening, Monday through Friday, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and a full schedule of screenings on Saturday and Sunday at the Center. The festival will present a similar festival screening schedule at the Broadway Center Cinemas. The Festival District will be concentrated along 300 South and will stretch between the Rose Wagner Theatre and the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

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