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Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundance.tv.

The Power of Failure

Article: The Power of Failure

This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.

A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”

In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.

They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.

What You Need to Know About DREAM SCHOOL

Article: What You Need to Know About DREAM SCHOOL

When I first heard about DREAM SCHOOL – I’m not going to lie – I was skeptical. I might have even rolled my eyes. I mean, high school dropouts being taught by celebrities? “What will be taught – and who will be the teachers?” I wondered. Would Britney Spears teach an auto-tune music class? Would Professor Kim Kardashian teach elocution or videography? Or would Miley Cyrus hold court on sex education? My mind boggled.

Now Playing: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE PLAYER

Article: Now Playing: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE PLAYER

Never did Sofia Coppola’s signature formula (angst, angst and more angst) feel so genuine and honest as in LOST IN TRANSLATION, one of our featured films this week. It’s the film that helped bring depth and drama to Bill Murray, and put Scarlet Johansson on the map. Now if only there was some way to have fun while stuck in dull and boring Tokyo…

See more of our featured selections this week below!

Now Playing: BLACK SWAN, KING OF NEW YORK and SHORT CUTS

Article: Now Playing: BLACK SWAN, KING OF NEW YORK and SHORT CUTS

Don't miss one of the most unique and mindbending thrillers of the past decade – BLACK SWAN – this week on Sundance Channel. Nina (Natalie Portman) is perfect for the role of the White Swan in <em>Swan Lake</em>, but when rival Lily (Mila Kunis) arrives, Nina begins to lose all perspective. Don't even blink, because by the end, you won't know what's real and what isn't.

Check out BLACK SWAN and the rest of our featured lineup this week!

Now Playing: KISS OF DEATH, MOULIN ROUGE and THE NAMESAKE

Article: Now Playing: KISS OF DEATH, MOULIN ROUGE and THE NAMESAKE

You like Nicolas Cage? Well, we’ve got Nicolas Cage at his Nicolas Cagey-est this week in two crime thrillers playing slightly off-kilter bad guys on opposite sides of the law (yes, one’s a cop!). If you’re in the mood for something a little more uplifting, we’ve also got a journey of cultural discovery and a Baz Luhrmann musical to maintain balance in our universe.

Now Playing: THE HURT LOCKER, ZODIAC and EMPIRE OF THE SUN

Article: Now Playing: THE HURT LOCKER, ZODIAC and EMPIRE OF THE SUN

This week, Kathryn Bigelow takes us deep inside the Iraq War in THE HURT LOCKER, her tense Oscar-winning thriller that shows the chaos of that conflict. But don’t worry – if watching army grunts doing their army stuff isn’t your thing, we’ve also got Christian Bale’s major debut, Jake Gyllenhaal trying to catch an infamous criminal, and more!

Sundance Channel acquires zombie sensation THE RETURNED

Article: Sundance Channel acquires zombie sensation THE RETURNED

Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama THE RETURNED from Music Box Films. The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.

The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “THE RETURNED…is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.”

Now Playing: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, MICHAEL CLAYTON and THE DREAMERS

Article: Now Playing: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, MICHAEL CLAYTON and THE DREAMERS

Take a trip through the mind of Hunter S. Thompson this week in Terry Gilliam’s mindbending adaptation of the gonzo journalist’s three day drug-fueled assignment to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race in Las Vegas. But have no fear (or loathing) – if Johnny Depp’s not your style, we’re featuring other great films with stars you love to watch from George Clooney to Kathleen Turner.

Sundance Channel to examine luxury with fashion expert Joe Zee

Article: Sundance Channel to examine luxury with fashion expert Joe Zee

New York, NY – August 27, 2013 –Sundance Channel takes a fresh look at the fashion industry in four all-new specials featuring ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, beginning with REVEALING: EXTRAVAGANCE, airing Friday, September 20th at 10 pm ET/PT. In the first installment, Zee examines how an obsession with luxury has become an addiction for modern society. Through a compelling and in-depth investigation of a real life Bling Ring, a gang of high-end thieves (‘The Rainbow Girls’), insider interviews and consumer experiments, Zee uncovers what our fixation with luxury brands means.

Accessorized with commentary from a high-end list of fashion contributors including: model, actress and entrepreneur Iman; fashion designers Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez and Carolina Herrera; Editorial Director of nymag.com’s The Cut Stella Bugbee; models Kiara Kabukuru, China Machado and Andrej Pejic; historians David Eisenbach and Valerie Steele; psychologist April Benson; and luxury market expert Pamela Danziger, the first hour-long special stages three amusing yet revealing social experiments that place subjects at the mercy of luxury items and exposes their impact both physically and emotionally.

Now Playing: THIS IS SPINAL TAP, PHILADELPHIA and WILD AT HEART

Article: Now Playing: THIS IS SPINAL TAP, PHILADELPHIA and WILD AT HEART

This week goes up to 11 with the mockumentary – or, if you will, “rockumentary” – that started it all, spawning a new film genre and influencing Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) to make such later films as WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. Check it out this Sunday night, and take a look at what else we’ve got in store for our film blocks this week.

Sundance Channel sets October 7 premiere for DREAM SCHOOL

Article: Sundance Channel sets October 7 premiere for DREAM SCHOOL

Sundance Channel announced today an impressive list of innovators and leaders from a cross section of professions including music, politics, film, science, journalism and more who will come together to create a DREAM SCHOOL for 15 troubled students in the network’s new six-part unscripted series premiering on October 7 at 10:00pm et/pt.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, these instructors will have one mission – to excite young minds and reignite their students’ desire to learn. An ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids who have been falling through the cracks, DREAM SCHOOL is designed to motivate troubled teenagers to turn their lives around. Pregnant, neglected, bullies or bullied; the kids all have one thing in common — they are dropouts. Now Sundance Channel is giving them a once in a lifetime chance to start over, but overcoming past failures and future obstacles will prove to be no easy task for both the students and their instructors.

Sundance Channel begins production on THE RED ROAD

Article: Sundance Channel begins production on THE RED ROAD

Sundance Channel announced today the cast and start of production for its gripping new original scripted series THE RED ROAD. The full cast includes Martin Henderson (Devil’s Knot, The Ring, Smokin’ Aces), Jason Momoa (Wolves, “Game of Thrones”), Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County, “Boardwalk Empire”). Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” “The Good Wife”), Annalise Basso (Oculus, Standing Up) Allie Gonino (“The Lying Game,” Hidden Away), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga, Wind Walkers) and Golden Globe® nominee Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat). Production will begin in Atlanta on August 19th.

Lying Game Star Joins THE RED ROAD

Article: Lying Game Star Joins THE RED ROAD

We’re happy to announce that Allie Gonino has joined the cast of THE RED ROAD, our upcoming original dramatic series.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Tom Sizemore joins the cast of THE RED ROAD

Article: Tom Sizemore joins the cast of THE RED ROAD

Sundance Channel announced today that Golden Globe® nominee and critically acclaimed actor TOM SIZEMORE (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat) has been cast in the network’s next original scripted series, THE RED ROAD.

Tom Sizemore plays JACK KOPUS, a terrifying and unpredictable drug dealer and the father of Native American ex-con Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa). Phillip (Momoa) returns home to run Jack’s (Sizemore) small-town drug ring in the mountains of northern New Jersey.

THE RED ROAD is a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife, an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (Momoa), a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved.

Now Playing: DECADES, DISTRICT 9, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Article: Now Playing: DECADES, DISTRICT 9, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Our newest film block celebrates the best films of the past forty years, with a new entry every night at 8PM. This week, travel back to when bellbottom jeans were the height of fashion and men were judged by the length and width of their… mustache. That’s right – we’re midway through the 1970′s this week on Sundance Channel.

Sundance Channel announces casting for THE HONOURABLE WOMAN

Article: Sundance Channel announces casting for THE HONOURABLE WOMAN

Cameras start rolling this week for eighteen weeks on Sundance Channel’s upcoming fast paced, labyrinthine thriller written and directed by BAFTA® winner Hugo Blick, THE HONOURABLE WOMAN. A stellar international cast join Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing the titular role (Nessa Stein) in the eight part mini-series. The production will shoot throughout the UK and Morocco.

Sundance Channel Taps Award Winning Director James Gray for THE RED ROAD, Episode 1

Article: Sundance Channel Taps Award Winning Director James Gray for THE RED ROAD, Episode 1

Sundance Channel announced today that award winning director James Gray (“The Immigrant,” “Two Lovers,” “We Own The Night”) will direct the first episode of the network’s next original scripted series The Red Road (formally The Descendants). Today’s news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Jason Momoa (“Wolves,” Game of Thrones) was cast in a lead role in the series.

Sundance Channel to marathon Emmy nominated TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS

Article: Sundance Channel to marathon Emmy nominated TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS

On the heels of receiving a record 10 Prime Time Emmy® nominations for its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS, Sundance Channel is offering viewers an opportunity to enjoy back-to-back episodes of both critically-acclaimed series. The seven-part, TOP OF THE LAKE marathon will air on July 28th from 1pm -8pm ET/PT, and the two-part RESTLESS marathon will begin with the first two-hour installment airing July 31st at 8pm ET/PT, followed immediately by part two beginning at 10:00pm ET/PT.

Sundance Channel taps Jason Momoa for THE RED ROAD

Article: Sundance Channel taps Jason Momoa for THE RED ROAD

Sundance Channel announced today that Jason Momoa (Wolves, Game of Thrones) has been cast in a lead role in the network’s next original scripted series THE RED ROAD (formerly THE DESCENDANTS). Today’s news comes on the heels of Emmy® announcements in which Sundance Channel received a record ten PrimeTime Emmy® nominations for its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS.

Sundance Channel Receives Record Primetime Emmy Nominations

Article: Sundance Channel Receives Record Primetime Emmy Nominations

Sundance Channel received a record ten Prime Time Emmy® nominations for its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE and RESTLESS, including a category nomination for TOP OF THE LAKE for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and acting noms for Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan as well as Charlotte Rampling for RESTLESS.

Now Playing: THE LIBERTINE, THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE KING OF NEW YORK

Article: Now Playing: THE LIBERTINE, THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE KING OF NEW YORK

Our featured films on Sundance Channel are all about the guys this week. From Johnny Depp playing a deep and debauched poet in period England to Christopher Walken as an ex-con drug lord to Lee Marvin as the only army officer grizzled and gruff enough to lead a suicide mission inside Nazi Germany, it’s a testosterone-fueled frenzy of manly mischief and mayhem.

Now Playing: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and 80′s comedies ring in Independence Day

Article: Now Playing: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and 80′s comedies ring in Independence Day

JULY 4TH WEEKEND 80′S COMEDY FIX
What goes better with beer and barbecue than a few laughs courtesy of 1980′s kings of comedy like Steve Martin and Chevy Chase? Celebrate our independence with a weekend-long marathon of funny features including STRANGE BREW, NIGHT SHIFT, and THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. Get the full lineup!

Chapter Nine: The Push Girls Go There

Article: Chapter Nine: The Push Girls Go There

There always comes a time in an interviewer’s piece when she realizes, “Dangit – that was good. But It just doesn’t fit…” And with the Push Girls there’s always more good stuff. So we decided to give you a bonus chapter if you will – full of fun facts and random answers to questions that may or may not have even been (verbally) asked.

Chapter Eight: Push It Real Good

Article: Chapter Eight: Push It Real Good

Let’s not muck around, shall we? No one wants a little Lord Fauntleroy in the sack, gingerly prancing about. Remember, just because a Push Girl can’t walk doesn’t mean she’s a flimsy little flower.
“Most guys who are with us for the first time don’t want to ‘break’ us again, so they’re really delicate,” says Auti, rolling her eyes. “They think we’re fragile – so we have to be like, ‘No, dude – watch what I can do,’ and then they’re like, ‘Oh, okay. I got it from here.’”