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Amy Reiter, a former editor and senior writer for Salon.com, has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, Wine Spectator and Time Out New York Kids, among other print publications, as well as for web sites including MTV.com, Babble.com and the Barnes & Noble Review. Her work has been anthologized in the book "Maybe Baby" and was awarded a 2008 MADD Media Award. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A from Columbia University.

Sundance Deals: BECOMING CHAZ

Sundance Deals: BECOMING CHAZ

Oprah Winfrey’s new OWN cable network has snapped up Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s BECOMING CHAZ, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres category at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, Deadline reports. The film, by the veteran Sundance directors behind THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, PARTY MONSTER and INSIDE DEEP THROAT, chronicles the…

Sundance Watch List: Gregg Araki's KABOOM

Sundance Watch List: Gregg Araki's KABOOM

It’s been called a “hyper-stylized TWIN PEAKS for the Coachella Generation,” “a sexier, more colorful, and more comedic DONNIE DARKO,” and even a zany, radical version of DUDE, WHERE’s MY CAR? Gregg Araki’s KABOOM, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, will have its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and be…

Music in the shadow of Sundance

Music in the shadow of Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has long had a secondary focus on music. This year’s official, Sundance-sanctioned performers will include Lou Reed, who has a documentary short, RED SHIRLEY, premiering in the festival. And there are also afternoon showcases at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. The festival provides “an especially welcoming environment for musicians; the Sundance…

Busy at Sundance: Kyle Gallner

Busy at Sundance: Kyle Gallner

If you think things are going to be busy for you during the Sundance Film Festival, spare a thought for the actors who have more than one film premiering there. Take, for instance, Kyle Gallner, a 24-year-old actor who stars in both Kevin Smith’s horror film RED STATE and Elgin James’ in-competition LITTLE BIRDS. Gallner, best…

Sundance Film Festival Deal Tracker

Sundance Film Festival Deal Tracker

Of course we’ll be passing along news of acquisition deals at the Sundance Film Festival here on SUNfiltered. But if you’re an obsessive deal tracker, you might also want to bookmark Cinematical’s “Sundance 2011: Full List of All Distribution Deals.” The site promises to update the page throughout the festival with “links to the official…

'Buzzy' Sundance Film Festival Picks

'Buzzy' Sundance Film Festival Picks

More Sundance Film Festival picks! The buzz experts at E! Online have compiled a list of “the 15 buzziest films hitting the festival this year.” Their selections — most, if not all, of which feature bold-face names — are … 1) THE SON OF NO ONE 2) HERE 3) FLYPAPER 4) CEDAR RAPIDS 5) LIFE…

John Cooper: Festival Themes Emerge Organically

John Cooper: Festival Themes Emerge Organically

Lots of people will be picking through the films at the Sundance Film Festival in search of a common theme, but in an interview with Reuters, festival director John Cooper notes that those themes are not pre-selected by festival organizers, but rather emerge from the films organically, reflecting the concerns and curiosities of our time:…

NY Mag's Sundance Film Festival Watch List

NY Mag's Sundance Film Festival Watch List

Which films are you most looking forward to seeing (or hearing about) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off today? Everyone has his or her own picks. New York magazine’s Vulture has just shared its “Ten Most Anticipated Films at Sundance” list with the world, noting, “Sundance is by far the most important…

Sundance Film Festival Trend: Homegrown Films

Sundance Film Festival Trend: Homegrown Films

Here’s one to file under Sundance Film Festival 2011 trends, and frankly, it’s kind of a heart-warmer: A record number of films in the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition were nurtured in the Sundance Institute’s workshops for emerging filmmakers. As Brooks Barnes notes in Wednesday’s New York Times: A number of currents run through the 2011…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: PROJECT NIM, CORMAN'S WORLD

Sundance Film Festival Deals: PROJECT NIM, CORMAN'S WORLD

The Sundance Film Festival doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but the deal-making action is already heating up. Two more films were snapped up on Tuesday, with A&E picking up Alex Stapleton’s CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL and HBO acquiring all domestic rights to James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM, which will premiere at the…

Sundance: Here come the judges!

Sundance: Here come the judges!

Here come the judges! With the Sundance Film Festival set to kick off on Thursday, the Sundance Institute has announced the members of the five juries who will decide which films will be taking home not only happy memories from this year’s festival, but awards as well. Actor/director Tim Blake Nelson, a Sundance Institute alum,…

Sundance Deals: Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER

Sundance Deals: Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER

Mere days before the Sundance Film Festival kicks off, later this week, Sony Pictures Classics has snagged the North American, Latin American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Jeff Nichols’ TAKE SHELTER, a psychological thriller starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain that will debut at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Deadline.com has the details…

Sundance's Cooper credits Utah for bravery

Sundance's Cooper credits Utah for bravery

Do we have the good people of Utah to thank for last year’s Sundance Film Festival reboot, in which director John Cooper and founder Robert Redford brushed away Hollywood commercialism like a light dusting of snow and returned the festival to its gritty indie roots, a reorientation they plan to continue this year? That may…

Jailed Iranian directors a 'hot topic' at Sundance?

Jailed Iranian directors a 'hot topic' at Sundance?

If you notice some Hollywood stars, directors and business types sporting white lapel ribbons at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, they’ll be wearing them “to register their opposition to the Iranian government’s treatment of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (‘Offside’) and fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who were sentenced last month to six years in…

Sundance Film Festival: Be There … if you're serious about indie film

Sundance Film Festival: Be There … if you're serious about indie film

Last year, the Sundance Film Festival made a point of returning to its indie roots, away from glitzy Hollywood fare and back to the riskier films on which it made its name. In keeping with this back-to-basics approach, the 2010 festival played on themes of renewal, rebirth, rebellion … “ReWork.” So what to make of…

Catching up with the CRUDE battle

Catching up with the CRUDE battle

(Photo credit: Brian Putnam/FilmMagic) Two years after Joe Berlinger’s CRUDE premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the court battle at the heart of the documentary is still dragging on, and the film itself has shifted from neutral observer to central object of contention. Today, the New York Times checks in on the controversy surrounding…

Sundance Watch List: HOT COFFEE

Sundance Watch List: HOT COFFEE

You know the famous court case in which a woman won $2.7 million (later reduced) after she spilled a cup of burning-hot McDonald’s coffee in her lap? Yeah, I’ve joked about it, too. But lawyer-turned-filmmaker Susan Saladoff has made a movie to help us understand that by ridiculing this case, we’re playing right into the…

Sundance is approaching — roll out the survival guides!

Sundance is approaching — roll out the survival guides!

Even if you didn’t have a calendar, you’d still be able to tell that the Sundance Film Festival is about a week away from kickoff from the flurry of “How to Survive Sundance” articles that appear in media outlets across the country in the days before the festival. These helpful articles offer advice on navigating…

Sundance Deals: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Sundance Deals: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

The Sundance Film Festival is still more than a week away, but the festival-film deal-making has already begun. Roadside Attractions has snapped up the U.S. theatrical rights to Jim Kohlberg’s THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED, which will premiere on Sundance’s opening night, Deadline.com reports. The film, based on a case-study essay by Dr. Oliver Sacks called…

Sundance Watch List: FAMILY PORTAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Sundance Watch List: FAMILY PORTAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

If you think your home is chaotic and your family connections complex and emotionally fraught, consider the household of Olga Nenya, the subject of Julia Ivanova’s FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, which will be featured in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. In a small Ukrainian Village, Nenya is single-handedly raising…

Sundance Film Fest to debut free, high-speed Wi-Fi

Sundance Film Fest to debut free, high-speed Wi-Fi

Exciting news for anyone heading to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and looking forward to the movies and events but dreading the Internet and cell-phone glitchiness the festival has also become known for. Premiering at this year’s festival: Free, reliable high-speed Wi-Fi. The Wall Street Journal reports: To improve the overall festival experience (and encourage…

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Sundance Watch List: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Amid the short films set to debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is on FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED, directed and written by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. Though information about the film is limited – “After the boys leave the party …” is the only description currently available — there are a several reasons…

Sundance Watch List: BENAVIDES BORN

Sundance Watch List: BENAVIDES BORN

How did a couple of New Yorkers, Daniel Meisel and Amy Wendel, end up making a movie about a young, female third-generation Mexican-American high school athlete whose chances of breaking out of her small south Texas town are pinned on winning the state powerlifting championship? As part of its ongoing series of interviews with 2011…

Sundance Watch List: Lou Reed's RED SHIRLEY

Sundance Watch List: Lou Reed's RED SHIRLEY

Lou Reed has a reputation as a tough interview – though I honestly found him charming when I sat down with him a few years back – but in his new short film, RED SHIRLEY, which will have a special screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the veteran rock star gets a taste of…