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Sundance Film Festival

  1. Sundance Institute Three-Year Study Shows Bias Against Female Directors in Mainstream Film

    This is why we need to #MakeItFair

    Lest you thought we were making it up, there actually is a reason for stuff like the #MakeItFair video. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film recently released a three-year study of the marketplace for female directors, and they found that women are more likely to work in independent film than in mainstream film, when they work at all, because of the still-lingering belief that films directed by women have a smaller audience than films directed by men.

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  2. Actresses at Sundance Are Saying Some Important Things About Women in Hollywood

    The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is going strong, and the ladies in attendance want you to know that they're here to fight for equality in Hollywood.

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  3. There’s An Oculus Rift Project At Sundance Where You Experience Sexual Assault From Two Different POVs

    Despite what you might think, Sundance Film Festival doesn't just involve a bunch of indie films you'll probably never see and a ton of big-name stars in parkas (though both of those things are quite prevalent in Park City this week). Sundance also features lots of new media innovations, and this year the Oculus Rift is getting lots of play - in some potentially problematic ways.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: New Muppets Most Wanted Poster

    Things We Saw Today

    Woo! There's a new poster out for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted. How excited are you all to see Tina Fey in a Muppet movie? I know I'm crazy excited. (via Empire)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Mondo’s New Lord of the Rings Art

    Things We Saw Today

    Mondo has introduced (and promptly sold out of, 'cause it's Mondo) two new Lord of the Rings posters: This one by comic book artist Paolo Rivera and another by Mike Sutfin. You can see the second at /Film.

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  6. Are You a Female Who Wants to Make Movies? You’ll Have Better Luck If You Stay Out of Hollywood.

    Oh Hollywood

    We know (though some choose to ignore) that there's some heavy-duty gender inequality going on behind the scenes in movies and TV. But a new study conducted by the Sundance Film Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles has found that female filmmakers have it better in the world of indie film than in Hollywood. Not great, mind you. But better.

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  7. Can’t Make it to Sundance? Catch Some of the Shorts on YouTube

    Having a degree in film, I've been to a lot of film festivals, but I've never been able to make it out to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and this year is no exception. Right now, the festival is going on without me, and I'm missing out on a lot of great movies. Thankfully, YouTube is easing the pain for me, and you, by offering up a collection of festival shorts on their curated Screening Room channel.

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  8. Sundance Gets Female Director-Friendly With Their Festival Lineup

    We Can Be Heroes

    Last year the Cannes Film Festival got into some hot water by not including any films by female directors in its competition lineup. Regardless of what you think of that particular controversy, not being open to female directors is certainly not a charge that can be leveled against the Sundance Film Festival, which for the first time this January will have a U.S. Dramatic Competition lineup that's 50% directed by women.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: The Triumphant, Geeky Return of the Scrunchie

    Things We Saw Today

    This is just one use for a printed out 3D Hilbert curve. And what better than to resurrect hair accessories of the '80s and '90s by making them geek-friendly? (via Boing Boing)

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  10. The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Will Track, Then Try to Change the Small Numbers of Female Filmmakers

    Mutatis Mutandis

    We're sure that you're well aware of the paltry numbers concerning the presence of women in film. Not actors -- directors, writers, producers, etc. The people behind the scenes who call the shots. It's been great to hear about recent successes -- like Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and Jennifer Yuh Nelson becoming the world's highest grossing director -- but it's more frustrating to hear about the missed opportunities -- like Patty Jenkins being replaced as the director of Thor 2 or Brenda Chapman being taken off Brave. But why are the successes so few and far between? The Sundance Film Festival, taking place in the snowy mountains of Utah as we speak, is hoping to change this. Along with Women In Film, the Sundance Institute has pledged to start tracking the progress of female filmmakers, then use that information to increase the parity between men and women in the film industry. Because seriously, it shouldn't be that shocking to find out that women can direct a great movie -- they do it all the time.

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  11. Contemplating Another Earth


    With the recent discovery of Kepler-22b (and others like it), it's not really far fetched to start thinking about what life would be like on another planet similar to our Earth. But what if there were another planet out there that was identical to Earth in every way? Right down to there being another you. That is the premise of Another Earth, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, but it's also a lot more than that. Hit the jump for the trailer and my review.

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