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CBC, Sundance pact for documentaries

TORONTO — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has acquired a block of programming from the Sundance Channel for its newly branded digital documentary channel.

Canada’s public broadcaster said Friday that its digital channel, known simply as Documentary, will air a range of feature films, documentaries and series produced by the Sundance Channel, in addition to titles that the U.S. cable channel airs and represents.

Larry Aidem, Sundance Channel president and CEO, said that the U.S. channel has aired a range of Canadian documentaries and was “delighted to return the favor.”

The CBC documentary channel will air Sundance Channel programming in blocks on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on weekends, under the “Sundance Channel presents” banner.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Sundance and Time Warner announce advancement fund for indie artists

Sundance Institute and Time Warner Inc. have announced the Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund. The Fund provides support over four years to help fund Sundance Institute’s development and celebration of independent artists across the Sundance Institute’s core programs.

Sundance Institute is an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists dedicated to the artistic development of filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers, playwrights and theatre artists.

"We are fortunate to receive this generous commitment from Time Warner which recognizes the importance of this creative and financial support for independent artists at crucial moments in their work," said Ken Brecher, Executive Director, Sundance Institute.

“Through this partnership, we hope to help gifted artists bring to life stories that cross boundaries, communicate our shared experience and reflect the rich diversity of our society,” said Lisa Quiroz, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Time Warner.

The new Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund is composed of two main components. The first is the establishment and specialized support of the Time Warner Storytelling Fellows, a talented group of Sundance film and theatre artists (up to 20 fellows over a four-year period) whose work uniquely positions and advances the concept of storytelling. Fellows will each receive a grant to enable them to focus specifically on the advancement of the narrative and voice in their projects. The second component is the piloting of activities to explore ideas in advancing storytelling throughout the broader arts landscape, including public readings and creative roundtables.

Fellows are chosen for the uniqueness and diversity of the project’s voice and narrative, and the particular timeliness of the story and its perspective. These artists will be developing projects which highlight the role and importance of storytelling in specific aspects of the creative process; in personal vision and perspective; and as a central component in embracing the diversity of our common experience.

The two artists selected as the inaugural fellows are filmmaker Patricia Benoit (for her project <em>HAITI CHERIE</em>) and playwright Tracey Scott Wilson (for the project <em>THE GOOD NEGRO</em>). Benoit and Wilson participated in the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab respectively. Each will receive a $5,000 grant and will be given a combination of year-round guidance, residency support, mentoring, work presentation, professional development and ongoing investment.

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Telefilm/Canadian selection at Sundance

Montreal, November 30, 2006 – Telefilm Canada is proud to announce that seven Canadian feature-length films have been officially selected at the prestigious 2007 Sundance Film Festival – the strongest Canadian line-up since 2003. Four of the Canadian filmmakers will be returning to the Festival for their sophomore year: Jennifer Baichwal (The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adam’s Appalachia; 2003), S. Wyeth Clarkson (deadend.com; 2003), Sarah Polley (I Shout Love; 2002) and Ian Iqbal Rashid (Touch of Pink; 2004). The 2007 Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah, January 18¬-28.

“It’s a great honour having such an incredible year for Canadian cinema at Sundance,” enthused Wayne Clarkson, who will be attending the Festival for the first time in his capacity as Executive Director at Telefilm Canada. “Canada is also pleased to be at Sundance to take advantage of the sales, promotion, financing and networking opportunities.”

The Canadian contingent for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival is comprised of:
(short film line-up will be announced by the Festival on December 6, 2006)


Away From Her (US premiere)

Directed by Sarah Polley; produced by The Film Farm and Foundry Films Inc.; Canadian distribution by Capri Releasing; US distribution by Lionsgate Films; world sales by Hanway Films

Away From Her is a screen adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Grant moves his wife Fiona into a nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. But when he sees her again, she has forgotten him and turned her affection to another resident. Fiona becomes deeply depressed, prompting Grant to embark on his greatest act of self-sacrifice. Film premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala.

World Cinema Competition: Dramatic

How She Move (World premiere)

Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid; produced by Sienna Films Inc.; Canadian distribution by Mongrel Media; world sales by Celluloid Dreams

16-year-old stellar student Raya is on the fast track to success until the unexpected death of her sister, a drug addict, changes everything. Scrambling for a way to clear her family’s financial hurdles, she turns to a most unlikely arena: the electrifying world of step dancing, a type of dance that combines jazz and hip-hop, with cheerleading, tap dancing and stomp moves.

Rêves de poussière (France/ Canada/ Burkina Faso coproduction; US premiere)

Directed by Laurent Salgues; produced by Athenaïse productions, Corporation ACPAV Inc., and Sahélis Production; world sales by Wide Management

Mocktar, a Nigerian peasant, comes looking for work in a gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso. In this cage made of wind and dust, he hopes to forget the past that haunts him. While becoming familiar with his new life, Mocktar starts to loose his roots. Film premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and has since garnered awards in Belgium and France.

World Cinema Competition: Documentary

Manufactured Landscapes (International premiere)

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal; produced by Mercury Films Inc., Foundry Films Inc., and the National Film Board of Canada; Canadian distribution by Mongrel Media; US distribution by Zeitgeist Films

Manufactured Landscapes follows Edward Burtynsky through China as he photographs the country’s massive industrial revolution. The film leads us to meditate on our impact on the planet, and shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it. Winner of The Toronto City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

On a Tightrope (Norway/Canada coproduction; North American premiere)

Directed by Petr Lom; produced by Piraya Film, Lom Films; world sales by Films Transit International

The daily lives of four children living in an orphanage who are learning the ancient art of tightrope walking becomes a metaphor for the struggle of the Uighur’s, China’s largest Muslim minority, who are torn between religion and the teachings of communism. World premiered in the Silver Wolf Competition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Park City at Midnight

Sk8 Life (International premiere)

Directed by S. Wyeth Clarkson; produced by Travesty Productions; Canadian distribution and world sales by Travesty Productions+Releasing

Eight sk8rs are brought together to make the ultimate “sk8 tape.” Crashing at the legendary “Crashpad,” they soon discover its days are numbered and band together to save it. Landing tricks, evading security guards, and wild road trips fill their days, but it will all be for nothing if they can’t save the place they call home. World premiere at the 2006 Whistler Film Festival.

Fido (US premiere)

Directed by Andrew Currie; produced by Anagram Pictures Inc.; Canadian distribution by TVA Films; US distribution and world sales by Lionsgate Films

Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 1950s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbour, and rotting zombies carry the mail. What begins as a small town story about a boy and his best friend becomes a biting satare about our world, the price of fear, and the rewards of risking love. Fido will rip your heart out. Fido premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canada First! Programme