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Editor's Note

The Filmmaker team heads to Sundance this week where we’ll be covering the films and filmmakers at the independent film world’s biggest annual event. I’ll be blogging along with Jason Guerrasio and Justin Lowe; Jamie Stuart will be shooting footage for one of his typically personal and idiosyncratic takes on festival life, while Brian Chirls will be bringing you footage of the panel events. And Brandon Harris will be filing reports from the concurrent Slamdance festival. As I’ve got to finish packing, I’ll keep this short. See you on the shuttles or, if you’re not attending, online at


Scott Macaulay


Jess Weixler gives a breakthrough performance as a virgin with high morals and a sharp pair of choppers between her legs in Mitchell Lichtenstein's directorial debut. Teeth was a big hit at last year's Sundance Film Festival, where Weixler (who is one of this year’s Filmmaker magazine 25 New Faces) received a special acting award by the jury. This dark humored horror is part camp, part women's lib, but a fun ride for anyone who wants to laugh and cringe at the movies this weekend.


Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room) investigates the Bush administration's loose interpretation of the Geneva Conventions in fighting the war on terror in his latest documentary. With interviews from prisoners and guards from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay, the film is an eye-opening investigation on the degrading tactics that are being administered by people who have gone numb with power.


Online now, find select stories from our Winter issue (on stands in two weeks). Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his latest film There Will Be Blood; Doc filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses his new work Taxi To The Dark Side; and Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu chats about his Cannes prize-winning film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Plus stories on digital projection and online distribution.

To get to the Winter issue's Table of Contents click here.


This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay highlights "25 New Faces" alum (and now director of The Wire) Seth Mann and the short film that got him noticed; Macaulay also unveils Jamie Stuart's latest short (pictured left) and tells us J.J. Abrams's source of all his creativity... his "mystery box."

To read more posts from our blog, click here.


The teams from 14 IFP Program Alumni projects will be making the trip to Park City next week for the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. At Sundance, narrative projects include Jennifer Phang's Half Life, an alum of the 2005 IFP Narrative Rough Cut Lab; Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, a two-time IFP Market alum via both Emerging Narrative (2005) and No Borders (2006); and Alex Rivera's 2000 No Borders project Sleep Dealer. Documentary alums at Sundance include the former IFP Market docs Fields of Fuel (2004), directed by Josh Tickell; Secrecy (2006), directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss; and Traces of the Trade (2001, 2006), directed by Katrina Browne and co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray. Also at Sundance are two short films that are fiscally sponsored by IFP -- Tim Sternberg's Salim Baba and John Magary's The Second Line. Appearing at the Slamdance Film Festival will be Tom Quinn's feature The New Year Parade, an alum of the 2007 IFP Narrative Rough Cut Lab; the IFP Market docs My Mother's Garden (2006), directed by Cynthia Lester; and Virginia Williams's Frontrunner, Jeffrey Schwarz's Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Cheryl Furjanic's Sync or Swim, and John Ealer and Laura Bialis's View From the Bridge: Stories from Kosovo, all from the 2007 Market. IFP staffers Amy Dotson and Milton Tabbot will be in attendance, along with executive director Michelle Byrd, who will be serving on the Sundance Documentary Competition jury.


By Nick Dawson

This was a particularly exceptional year for Israeli cinema. Dror Shaul's Sweet Mud won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret's Jellyfish took away two prizes, including the coveted Caméra d'Or, at Cannes; and Eytan Fox's The Bubble played to great acclaim at festivals worldwide before a U.S. theatrical run. But it was two other films, Beaufort and The Band's Visit, which dominated the headlines. read more

Festival Deadlines

Palm Beach International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Jan. 21
Festival Dates: April 10-17

Independent Film Festival of Boston
Submission Deadline: Jan. 31
Festival Dates: April 23 - 29

Seattle International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Feb. 1
Festival Dates: May 22 - June 16

NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Feb. 1
Festival Dates: June 5 - 15

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