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Dance the Sundance!Sundance is releasing it’s 2006 program in four chunks, and the first, for the Independent Feature Film and World Cinema Competitions, has gone live (PDF). Here you go (just the titles, check the Sundance link for descriptions):

INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY

A LION IN THE HOUSE (Directors: Steven Bogner, Julia Reichert)

AMERICAN BLACKOUT (Director: Ian Inaba)

AN UNREASONABLE MAN (Directors: Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan)

CROSSING ARIZONA (Director: Joseph Mathew)

GOD GREW TIRED OF US (Director: Christopher Quinn and Tom Walker)

GROUND TRUTH: AFTER THE KILLING ENDS (Director: Patricia Foulkrod)

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS (Director: James Longley)

SMALL TOWN GAY BAR (Director: Malcolm Ingram)

SO MUCH SO FAST (Directors: Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan)

THIN (Director: Lauren Greenfield)

‘TIS AUTUMN – THE SEARCH FOR JACKIE PARIS (Director: Raymond De Felitta)

THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT (Directors: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg)

TV JUNKIE (Director: Michael Cain)

WIDE AWAKE (Director: Alan Berliner)

WORDPLAY (Director: Patrick Creadon)

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET (Directors: Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan)

 

INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM COMPETITION: DRAMATIC

A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS (Director and Screenwriter: Dito Montiel)

COME EARLY MORNING (Director and Screenwriter: Joey Lauren Adams)

FLANNEL PAJAMAS (Director and Screenwriter: Jeff Lipsky)

FORGIVEN (Director and Screenwriter: Paul Fitzgerald)

HALF NELSON (Director: Ryan Fleck; Screenwriters: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck)

HAWK IS DYING (Director: Julian Goldberger; Screenwriters: Harry Crews (novel) and Julian Goldberger)

IN BETWEEN DAYS (Director: So Yong Kim; Screenwriters: So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray)

PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS (Director and Screenwriter: Maria Maggenti)

QUINCEANERA (Directors and Screenwriters: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland)

RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR (Director and Screenwriter: Chris Gorak)

SHERRYBABY (Director and Screenwriter: Laurie Collyer)

SOMEBODIES (Director and Screenwriter: Hadjii)

STAY (Director and Screenwriter: Bob Goldthwait)

STEEL CITY (Director and Screenwriter: Brian Jun)

STEPHANIE DALEY (Director and Screenwriter: Hilary Brougher)

WRISTCUTTERS – A LOVE STORY (Director: Goran Dukic; Screenwriters: Goran Dukic and Etgar Kerett)

[Unsurprisingly, every single one of the above films will be making its world premiere at the festival. Also, we did the above links very quickly and really aren’t feeling up to doing the ones below yet, so apologies if, you know, Bob Goldthwait turns out to not actually be the artist formerly known as Bobcat Goldthwait.]

 

WORLD CINEMA COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY

5 DAYS / Israel (Director: Yoav Shamir)

ANGRY MONK – REFLECTIONS ON TIBET / Switzerland (Director: Luc Schaedler)

BLACK GOLD / U.K. (Director: Marc Francis, Nick Francis)

BY THE WAYS, A JOURNEY WITH WILLIAM EGGLESTON / France (Director: Cédric Laty,
Vincent Gérard)

DEAR PYONGYANG / Japan (Director: Yang Yonghi)

THE GIANT BUDDHAS / Switzerland (Director: Christian Frei)

GLASTONBURY / U.K. (Director: Julian Temple)

I IS FOR INDIA / England/Germany/Italy (Director: Sandhya Suri)

IN THE PIT / Mexico (Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo)

INTO GREAT SILENCE / Germany (Director: Philip Groening)

KZ / U.K. (Director: Rex Bloomstein)

NO ONE / Mexico (Director: Tin Dirdamal)

THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ / Germany (Director: Heidi
Specogna)

SONGBIRDS / U.K. (Director: Brian Hill)

UNFOLDING FLORENCE: THE MANY LIVES OF FLORENCE BROADHURST / Australia (Director: Gillian Armstrong)

VIVA ZAPATERO / Italy (Director: Sabina Guzzanti)

 

WORLD CINEMA COMPETITION: DRAMATIC

13 TZAMETI / France (Director and Screenwriter: Géla Babluani)

ALLEGRO / Denmark (Director: Christoffer Boe; Screenwriters: Christoffer Boe, Mikael Wulff)

THE AURA / Argentina (Director and Screenwriter: Fabián Bielinsky)

THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS / Philippines (Director: Auraeus Solito; Screenwriter: Michiko Yamamoto)

EVE & THE FIRE HORSE / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Julia Kwan)

GRBAVICA / Bosnia-Herzegovina (Director and Screenwriter: Jasmila Zbanic)

THE HOUSE OF SAND / Brazil (Director: Andrucha Waddington; Screenwriter: Elena Soarez)

KISS ME NOT ON THE EYES / Lebanon (Director and Screenwriter: Jocelyne Saab)

LITTLE RED FLOWERS / China (Director: Zhang Yuan; Screenwriters: Ning Dai, Zhang Yuan)

MADEINUSA / Peru (Director and Screenwriter: Claudia Llosa)

NO. 2 / New Zealand (Director and Screenwriter: Toa Fraser)

ONE LAST DANCE / Singapore (Director and Screenwriter: Max Makowski)

THE PETER PAN FORMULA / South Korea (Director and Screenwriter: Cho Chang-Ho)

PRINCESAS / Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Fernando Leon de Aranoa)

SÓLO DIOS SABE / Brazil/Mexico (Director: Carlos Bolado; Screenwriters: Carlos Bolado, Diane Weipert)

SON OF MAN / South Africa (Director: Mark Dornford-May; Screenwriters: Mark Dornford-May, Andiswa Kedama, Pauline Malefane)

 

+ 2006 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT (Official site – PDF)

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.