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Why independent films are so important

Last week, I had the pleasure of briefly working with Sundance Film Forward as they screened two of their festival films, Little Accidents and Imperial Dreams, in Austin (with additional screenings in San Marcos and San Antonio). Film Forward, in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum […]

Scientology Film Causes Controversy With Tom Cruise and John Travolta

One of the most talked about films from the Sundance Film Festival is Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and buzz is continuing to build after the movie’s creators appeared on TimesTalk. Two well-known critics of the religion appeared in the film to discuss its controversial qualities. Show More Summary

Watch the Original ‘Whiplash’ Short Film That Inspired the Oscar-Winning Feature

When Whiplash exploded at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on the way to this 2015 Academy Awards, it wasn’t a huge surprise to some. The year prior, director Damien Chazelle had presented a short version of the film. It won the Short...Show More Summary

Melissa Rauch performed “Tits and Ass” from Chorus Line when she was 8 #tbt

Melissa Rauch stars in a raunchy new movie that premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. But the supporting player from CBS hit The Big Bang Theory and former VH1 Best Week Ever talking head revealed to Conan last night that she was prematurely raunchy. Sort of. Turns out when she was 8, Rauch's […]

The Sundance Kid

Last month I went to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time ever because, against all odds, I had a film premiering there. The film is a documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, and it basically asks the question, “Do you have to be effed up to do stand-up, or does doing stand-up eff you […]

The Film Arcade to Release Jim Strouse's Film 'People, Places, Things'

Some good news for a great film out of the Sundance Film Festival. Director Jim Strouse, who last played Sundance with the films The Winning Season and Grace Is Gone, returned this year with a film called People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement as a graphic artist/illustrator. Show More Summary

Sundance Hit ‘Me and Earl and The Dying Girl’ Gets Summer Release Date

Briefly: The biggest breakout of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has just been given a release date. Fox Searchlight will release the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film on a limited basis July 1. Starring...Show More Summary

Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief Gets Its First Angry Trailer

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is one the most controversial documentaries of recent memory, and definitely the most controversial of the year. Since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film has been causing quite the raucous among Scientologists, and things will likely heat up even more. Show More Summary

Watch the Trailer for HBO’s Controversial Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’

First unveiled at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Alex Gibney’s controversial film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, focuses on those cast out from one of the more debated religions in existence today. Having been… The...Show More Summary

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana Take on a Touching View of Mental Disorder in Infinitely Polar Bear - Fingers crossed.

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Infinitely Polar Bear debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and stars Mark Ruffalo as a father dealing with bipolar disorder. The film is based on a difficult time in Forbes' own childhood and looks to be a heartwarming, non-judgmental look at living with a mental disorder. Show More Summary

Mark Ruffalo is Manic in International 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Trailer

Over a year ago at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, one of the buzzed about projects was a touching family drama called Infinitely Polar Bear. The film features a remarkable lead performance by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) as Cam Stuart,...Show More Summary

Ex-Scientologists speak out in HBO's 'Going Clear' trailer

When "Going Clear," a tell-all documentary about the Church of Scientology, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it did so to much controversy. Now the film by Alex Gibney -- based on a book of the same name by Lawrence Wright --...Show More Summary

Kristen Wiig Gets Her Own Show in Official 'Welcome to Me' Trailer

During the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, we highlighted what seemed to be the first trailer for the comedy Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. However, that turned out to be a sales trailer for the film while it was still looking for distribution, and it was taken down. Show More Summary

Technology Was The Surprise Star Of Sundance

True to its reputation, the Sundance Film Festival debuted a variety of fascinating and cutting-edge independent films during its annual run in Park City recently, but this year’s biggest breakout star was not celluloid. It was technology, as Silicon Valley innovation invaded this year’s festival in a big way. Show More Summary

‘Going Clear’ Trailer: Alex Gibney’s Controversial Scientology Documentary

One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It’s the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and it follows men and women who left the controversial religion as they reveal their thoughts on how it works. Show More Summary

Alex Gibney's Scientology HBO Doc 'Going Clear' Debuts First Trailer

After debuting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival last month, Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney is bringing his latest documentary to HBO. The film is called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and as you have...Show More Summary

3 Easy Ways To Fix The Overlong, Sometimes Boring Oscar Race

The Oscar race is too damn long. I can prove it. Two of the eight films competing for Best Picture this year â?? Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Damien Chazelle's Whiplash -- made their debuts at the Sundance Film Festival. No, not the most recent Sundance, which concluded in January. Show More Summary

SeriesFest aims to give television its own Sundance

If the Sundance Film Festival is the place to go to get in touch with the American independent film zeitgeist, what is the equivalent for television?

SeriesFest aims to give television its own Sundance

If the Sundance Film Festival is the place to go to get in touch with the American independent film zeitgeist, what is the equivalent for television?

SXSW Midnight Selection 'We Are Still Here' Gets a Teaser Trailer

After heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale this year, one of the festivals that we'll sadly be skipping is South by Southwest down in Austin, Texas. The extravaganza of music, film and technology begins in March, and even though we won't be there, that doesn't mean we can't talk about some of the films debuting there. Show More Summary

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