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The Eagle Huntress Documentary Flies High at Sundance, Will Be Made Into Animated Feature Starring Daisy Ridley

It looks like the documentary Daisy Ridley joined to Executive Produce that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival is about to soar even higher!

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Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s Decoded Speaks Out About White Feminism and Intersectionality

The Sundance Film Festival is going on right now, and it's a place where creators both established and up-and-coming are hawking their wares and conversing about the future of entertainment. Those conversations aren't always easy ones.

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Nat Turner Film The Birth of a Nation Sold in Biggest Deal in Sundance History

Take that, D.W. Griffith!

If you're going to appropriate a film title, this is the way to do it!

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Daisy Ridley Signs On as Exec. Producer of Sundance Doc Starring Young Female Heroine

Daisy Ridley can now add another awesome title to her resume. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star has signed on as executive producer of the first film to be entered into the Kids section at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Kevin Smith and Daughter Harley Quinn Smith Talk Yoga Hosers, Fatherly Advice, and Johnny Depp’s Pancakes

We've been intrigued by Kevin Smith's upcoming weird teen superhero/yoga movie, Yoga Hosers, since last year, and it is finally premiering at Sundance this weekend. As you may know, it stars Smith's sixteen-year-old daughter, Harley Quinn, her real-life BFF since kindergarten, Lily-Rose Depp (as well as Lily-Rose's dad - some guy named Johnny) as Canadian teenagers that use the power of yoga to fight evil monsters trying to keep them from a high school party.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Contemplating Another Earth

Review

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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